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Is Youth Sports Failing Our Children?

Is Youth Sports Failing Our Children?

Some believe what once was a fun pastime has now turned into an ultra-competitive, adult-centered enterprise.

Whether it's parents, coaches or teammates, youth sports can get downright nasty at times.

“Its human nature and competitive spirit, people just want the best for their children and sometimes they just take it a little too far,” says Jeff Herford who coaches youth sports in Katy.

He says its important to keep sports fun, noting some children get so frustrated they never want to play again.

Beware of the “Tiger Mom.”

“They want their kids to be successful just like the dads do,” Herford tells KTRH News.  “I think in society, women are just involved more in athletics than they were 40 years ago.”

While some parents shell out thousands of dollars to send their kid off for training to be the next Johnny Football, others keep their son or daughter in sports all year round.

“That's where you really burn some kids out from an emotional level and even from a physical level where their joints can't take certain stresses for that period of time,” he says.

Every kid needs to rest.  Even Herford's son takes the winter off between football and baseball.

“Between my wife and I, we both agreed that he needs a break, and we as parents need a break,” he says.

 

 

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