Video shows how bad the ride home can be for some kids who play sports

December 13, 2016 3 Comments »
Video shows how bad the ride home can be for some kids who play sports

A new video from True Sport shows how terrible it can be for some kids who play sport on the ride home after a game or practice. It’s part of a new campaign called, “The Ride Home“.

In the video, which you can watch below, a father berates his son for wanting to have fun during a practice.

It’s a difficult video to watch, because none of us like to see kids treated that way. But also because many of us may have said similar things to our children at some point.

Kids tend to stop playing sports because they’re not having fun, and the way we talk to them about their participation matters a lot.

For children, playing a sport or participating in any kind of activity needs to be fun. That doesn’t mean it can’t also be challenging and skill-building. But if it’s not fun, and they don’t want to play anymore, they won’t get any of the other benefits that sports can give them.

The ride home is easy, actually. You just have to remember to say six words:

I love to watch you play.

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  1. damian December 9, 2017 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Yup.. I agree with her. The problem here is that this “kid” in’t playing recreational soccer. He is playing competitive sports. Recreational programs do not have practices.
    If the kid is goofing around, not trying hard at practice, wasting other kids time, then he should not be in that environment and his father is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

    • Sara Smeaton
      Sara Smeaton December 20, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Damian, it’s important to tune into our children’s cues about whether they are enjoying their activities and taking time to assess if they are the right fit for them. The dad in this video could have witnessed his son’s behaviour at practice and decided that it’s possible that the program isn’t a good fit for him. The conversation should go a very different way though. i.e. non-judgementally asking the child if they are having fun, what they like, what they don’t like, listening to what they say, and potentially helping them connect with activities and programs that are right for them instead of shaming them for goofing off. The parent’s role is to support and guide, not to control. See for more on this topic.

  2. Cathy December 22, 2016 at 5:35 am - Reply

    I think the father is exactly right!!!

What do you think?