TED Talk: Changing the Game in Youth Soccer
It's a sobering statistic that a staggering 7 out of 10 children quit youth sports by the time they are 13.
The main reason? They aren't having fun. They get tired of the parental pressure to perform and the hassle from teammates and coaches.
They reason, quite understandably, that soccer and other sports are pastimes they are supposed to enjoy.
In this fascinating TED talk, John O'Sullivan, a former youth coach with the Portland Timbers in Bend, Oregon, explains how we can give the game back to our kids and keep them involved in sports.
Check it out for a very funny video showing a dad getting heckled by his son on the golf course. "Sorry is just not going to cut it!" the boy yells after his dad misses a putt.
Following nearly three decades as a soccer player and coach, O'Sullivan began working to reshape youth sports and inspire a major shift in culture.
After serving as a youth coach for the Portland Timbers, he founded the Changing the Game Project and is now an international speaker and national best-selling author of Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports back to Our Kids.
His writing has also been featured in the Huffington Post, Soccer America Magazine and The Soccer Wire.