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Commentary: "Let Your Children Enjoy the Journey of Playing Sports"

3:16 AM, Oct 22, 2012   |    comments
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Many parents become delusional and out of control in youth sports because they think their child is going to become a star and play a professional sport. Some scream, belittle officials, complain about the coaches and generally become a nuisance and embarrass themselves, their children, and family. For a look at reality consider the following:
Less than 1 in 35 or approximately 2.9% if all high school senior boys playing interscholastic basketball will go on to play men's basketball at an NCAA member institution. Less than one in 75, or approximately 1.3% of NCAA male senior basketball players will be drafted by an NBA team. Approximately 1 in 3,400 or .03% of high school senior boys playing interscholastic basketball eventually will be drafted by an NBA team.
Approximately 1 in 17 or 5.8% of all high school senior boys playing interscholastic football will go on to play football at an NCAA member institution. Approximately 1 in 50, or about 2 percent of NCAA senior football players will be drafted by an NFL team. Approximately 1 in 1,000 or .09% of high school senior boys playing interscholastic football will eventually be drafted by an NFL team.
Less than 3 in 50, or about 5.6% of high school senior boys interscholastic baseball players will go on to play baseball at an NCAA member institution. Less than 11 in 100, or about 10.5% of NCAA senior baseball players will be drafted by an MLB team. Approximately 1 in 200 or about.5% of high school senior boys playing interscholastic baseball eventually will be drafted by an MLB team.
These statistics speak for themselves. If you want your child to enjoy participating in sports, don't place undue pressure on him/her. In addition, don't try to force your child into sports because you are trying to live your life vicariously through your children. Let your children enjoy the journey of sports. They will appreciate it very much and it will have a positive impact on their growth and development. 

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