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11-14-2007, 12:27 PM
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Are kids under too much pressure?

I need a little help from people around here. For a final project in a Sociology class I have to do a research project on the topic of my choice, and I chose to look at peoples' opinions on the pressures kids face in youth sports.

However, I appear to have underestimated just how apathetic the other students on campus are, because I haven't gotten nearly enough people to fill out the survey I did. So I'm here asking some HF people (all of whom obviously have a connection to sports) to help me pad my population a little bit.

The survey is pretty short. 10 questions, half of which are yes/no, and it shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes or so.

I'll put the questionnaire in the following post, then you can either quote it and respond in this thread, or if you really don't want anyone else to see your answers, you can quote the post in a PM and send that to me.

Whichever you choose, please do quote the post and fill your answers inside the quoted section. for options presenting multiple choices (the yes/no questions and question 6) just bold the appropriate response(s) for the ranking questions (5 and 7) just type the appropriate number next to each item. If you answer "No" to question #1 (did you ever play organized, competitive youth sports), skip question 2 (for which the answer would obviously be zero) and go right to question 3.

The more people that respond, the better, and if you want to respond, please do so by Saturday night. I've also posted this on the Sharks forum, so please don't answer in both places (I don't want to accidentally count someone twice.

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes
No (skip to question #3)


2) For how many years did you participate?



3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)
Yes
No



4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes
No




5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

-Learning skills/techniques
-Having fun
-Developing teamwork skills
-Winning/succeeding



6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
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Parents/spectators
Coaches
Teammates

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Witnessed
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Parents/spectators
Coaches
Teammates



7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

-The athlete’s parents
-Other athletes’ parents
-Coaches/Managers
-Teammates
-The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)




8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes
No




9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
Yes
No




10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes
No

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes



2) For how many years did you participate?
15+


3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)
Yes



4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes





5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

3-Learning skills/techniques
1-Having fun
2-Developing teamwork skills
4-Winning/succeeding



6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
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Parents/spectators - yes
Coaches - yes
Teammates - yes

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Witnessed
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Parents/spectators - yes
Coaches - yes
Teammates - yes



7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

1-The athlete’s parents
3-Other athletes’ parents
2-Coaches/Managers
4-Teammates
5-The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)




8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes




9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
No




10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes
No (skip to question #3)


2) For how many years did you participate?



3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)
Yes




4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes





5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

-Learning skills/techniques 2
-Having fun 3
-Developing teamwork skills 1
-Winning/succeeding 4



6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
-----------
Parents/spectators yes
Coaches yes
Teammates no

---------
Witnessed
---------
Parents/spectators yes
Coaches yes
Teammates yes



7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

-The athlete’s parents 1
-Other athletes’ parents 2
-Coaches/Managers 3
-Teammates 5
-The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes) 4




8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes





9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?

No




10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes



2) For how many years did you participate?
10 years


3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)
Yes



4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
When it involves kids, yes.




5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

2-Learning skills/techniques
1-Having fun
3-Developing teamwork skills
4-Winning/succeeding



6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
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Parents/spectators - yes
Coaches - yes
Teammates - yes

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Witnessed
---------
Parents/spectators - yes
Coaches - yes
Teammates - yes



7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

1-The athlete’s parents
3-Other athletes’ parents
2-Coaches/Managers
4-Teammates
5-The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)




8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes




9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
Yes - This needs to happen with young players, for them and their parents





10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes
No (skip to question #3)


2) For how many years did you participate?
10 yrs


3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)
Yes
No



4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes
No




5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

-Learning skills/techniques 2
-Having fun 1
-Developing teamwork skills 3
-Winning/succeeding 4



6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

-----------
Experienced
-----------
Parents/spectators
Coaches
Teammates

---------
Witnessed
---------
Parents/spectators
Coaches
Teammates



7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

-The athlete’s parents 4
-Other athletes’ parents 5
-Coaches/Managers 2
-Teammates 1
-The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes) 3



8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes
No




9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
Yes
No




10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes
No

Also for the op or whoever on a related subject Ken Dryden wrote a great essay about this called Guy Lafleur it's pretty good you might wanna check it.

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes

2) For how many years did you participate?
15


3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)

No



4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes





5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)
1 Developing teamwork skills
2 Having fun
3 Learning skills/techniques
4 Winning/succeeding



6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
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Parents/spectators X
Coaches
Teammates X

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Witnessed
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Parents/spectators X
Coaches X
Teammates X



7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

1 The athlete’s parents
2 Teammates
3 Coaches/Managers
4 The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)
5 Other athletes’ parents

* The athlete themselves would be ahead of media
Other parents would be ZERO




8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes

* most associations do require parents to sign a code of conduct contract when their child signs with the hockey team. Many will not sign a player whos parents have not signed COC documents.




9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
No

* From personal experience as a program coordinator and head coach of a YMCA/Buffalo Sabres Hockey program, we may not have kept a score but hte kids ALWAYS knew the final tally.




10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?

No

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes

2) For how many years did you participate?
16 years of Judo with 3 national podiums in Beligium

3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)
Yes

4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes

5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

1.Having fun
2.Developing teamwork skills
3.Learning skills/techniques
4.Winning/succeeding

6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

Not really

7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

1-The athlete’s parents
2 -Other athletes’ parents
3 -Coaches/Managers
4 -Teammates
5 -The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)




8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes

9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?

No, the kids know the score anyways

10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes

2) For how many years did you participate?
This is my sixth year.

3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)
Yes

4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes

5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

1. Having fun
2. Learning skills/techniques
3. Developing teamwork skills
4. Winning/succeeding

6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
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Parents/spectators - Yes
Coaches - Yes
Teammates - Yes
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Witnessed
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Parents/spectators - Yes
Coaches - Yes
Teammates - Yes

7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

1. The athlete’s parents
2. Teammates
3. Other athletes’ parents
4. Coaches/Managers
5. The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)

8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes

9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
No

10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes

2) For how many years did you participate?
8 years.

3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)
Different for different sports. Hockey I would say yes, all those leagues focus mainly on winning and a lot less on the fun aspect. Soccer, Basketball and baseball have a lot less competitive atmosphere in my experience.

4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes

5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

1. Having fun
2. Developing teamwork skills
3. Winning/succeeding
4. Learning skills/techniques

6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
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Parents/spectators - No
Coaches - No
Teammates - Yes
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Witnessed
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Parents/spectators - Yes
Coaches - Yes
Teammates - Yes

7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

1. Teammates
2. Coaches/Managers
3. The athlete’s parents
4. Other athletes’ parents
5. The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)

8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
No, I think its part of the game.

9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
No.

10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?

Yes

*hockey, baseball

2) For how many years did you participate?

12 and counting (hockey), 5 (baseball)

3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)

Yes

*Let kids figure things out for themselves, it'll be much better long run.

4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?

Yes

*Stop living through your kids!

5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

-Developing teamwork skills
-Having fun
-Winning/succeeding
-Learning skills/techniques

*Having fun is nice but team skills and communication are essential to life

6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
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Teammates (baseball)

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Witnessed
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Teammates (baseball)

*the teams my dad has drafted have almost always been good natured guys, we realized along time ago one bad kid will ruin a whole team

7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

-The athlete’s parents
-Coaches/Managers
-Teammates
-Other athletes’ parents
-The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)

8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?

Yes.

9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?

No

*Kids need to know how they are doing at a sport. Kids can do amazing things when they see they got creamed and need to play harder and it's best to help them with that early.

10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?

Yes

*even if they don't quit, they might lose some passion for the game which is not fair anyway
** Part of the reason I quit baseball


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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes
No (skip to question #3)


2) For how many years did you participate?
15


3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)
Yes
No*
*This depends entirely on the level (ie house league/rep) and the coaches, though.


4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes
No



5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

3 - Learning skills/techniques
2 - Having fun
1 - Developing teamwork skills*
4 - Winning/succeeding

*Developing the ability to work as a team is what makes sport fun and is also an important life skill.


6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

-----------
Experienced
-----------
Parents/spectators
Coaches
Teammates - yes

---------
Witnessed
---------
Parents/spectators - yes
Coaches - yes
Teammates



7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

2 -The athlete’s parents
5 -Other athletes’ parents
3 -Coaches/Managers
1 -Teammates
4 -The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)




8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes*
No
*Not all adults need to be reminded of their responsibility to act as such, but it gives the sporting association grounds to deal with any problems that arise.




9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
Yes
No*
*Although in games that are very lopsided (ie. winning by more than 5) I don't see a need to continue posting scores.




10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes
No
Although the idea of your project has value, I'm not sure if the data itself will tell you anything, really. Unless you know the specifics that each respondent is referring to (ie. are they answering the questions based on children aged 4 or 14, in initiation or rep, etc.) it's impossible to get a picture that tells the whole story.

And referring to Question 5, I'd like to add that learning skills/techniques, developing teamwork skills, and winning/succeeding are 'what' questions, while having fun is 'how'. Also curious why you didn't include 'improve/maintain physical fitness' as a choice, although I guess that could be included in learning skills/technique....

Anyway, good luck with your project!

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1) Have you ever participated in organized, competitive youth sports?
Yes


2) For how many years did you participate?

12


3) Do you believe that youth sports are being increasingly professionalized in their approach to the games? (emphasis on winning, as would be the case on a professional team, as opposed to fun and development. Hiring specialized coaches, etc.)

No



4) Do you think that adults, on average, take youth sports too seriously?
Yes



5) Please rank the following items 1st through 4th, according to what you believe to be their importance in youth sports (1st being the most important, 4th being the least.)

-Having fun
-Learning skills/techniques
-Developing teamwork skills
-Winning/succeeding



6) Have you ever witnessed or personally experienced what you would consider excessive pressure to succeed in athletics from any of the following sources? (check all that apply)

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Experienced
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Witnessed
---------
Parents/spectators




7) Please rank the following groups 1st through 5th, according to the amount of pressure you believe they place on young athletes (1 being the greatest source of pressure, 5 being the least)

-The Media (idolizing/glamorizing of pro athletes)
-The athlete’s parents
-Other athletes’ parents
-Coaches/Managers
-Teammates



8) Do you believe that parents and coaches should have to sign personal conduct contracts that prevent them from heckling or berating the athletes during games and practices?
Yes
and we do !!!



9) Some sports leagues do not keep score in an attempt to create more focus on developing skills and having fun and less pressure to succeed. Do you believe that this is an effective approach?
no



10) Do you believe that youths who otherwise enjoy participating in sports may quit mostly because of the pressure put on them to succeed in their chosen sport?
Yes

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