Parental Pressure Could Be Lowering Enrollment in Youth Sports

Experts say expectations for children to perform in a sport may take the fun out of the game.
2:35 | 10/06/15

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Next up on "Heat index" we have new Numbers showing that fewer kids are playing sports and that parents may be to blame for putting too much pressure on the kids taking the fun out of the games and saw this first in "The Washington post" and juju Chang here with the details. Reporter: Good morning. Let's face it, the overwhelming majority of our kids are never going to play in the NBA or the NFL or even metal in the olympics but we parents may be meddling in our kids' sports in a way that is not leading to good sportsmanship. Are parents taking all the fun out of kids playing sports these days? S Come on! You guys know anything about defense? Reporter: This morning, that's exactly what some experts are saying, much like will Ferrell's character in "Kicking and screaming" taking the competitive edge to the extreme could be having negative effects on your child's desires to play. One recent survey discovering that over a recent five-year span the number of kids and teens playing team sports declined nearly 4% and that participation in all sports in general is down 10% and some experts are placing the majority of the blame on pressure from parents. Parents are getting increasingly competitive about showing that their kids are number one in everything and sports is just another example. Reporter: One professor at George Washington university surveyed nearly 150 children asking what they found fun about sports. The results, kids reacting positively to team dynamics trying hard and learning. On a list of 81 factors contributing to their happiness, they put winning all the way down at 48. When there's such an overemphasis on winning, it really takes away the enjoyment and fun experience from the kids. Me E hnae mav torhanil a mlion with a uhonfate loss. On Friday Caleb's parents posted caatayley passed away of natural causes. This as a shock to all of us. Words cannot desibecr how much we miss him. The cause of death still a mystery but the family says accident or injury have been ruled out. Instead they say the medical examiner's initial findings point to an undetected previously existing medical condition. Today the parents told ABC news there's a family history of a T condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The heart muscle becomes abno allyrm thick andften O undiagnosed because they rarely ha Ve symptoms. In a mall S N so many areas of your life. I was shocked at how low kids put winning there. Me too and yet parents put it high and shows you where the disconnect is. Our series "The new beauty boom" from face-lifts to tummy

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