Skip to main content

How 70% of Children Lose Interest in Sports by the Age of 13

By Jaiden Montero and JJ Lin

“It’s just not fun anymore.”

According to a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, 70% of children quit playing sports at the age of 13. Here’s why they are taking the early retirement.

The most common reason why 70% of 13-year-olds quit playing sports at that age is because they don’t make their school’s sports teams. This leads them to think they are not good enough and to keep playing sports is not worth it anymore. This becomes an issue as they get closer to high school. HPCMS student, Sade Bell, 8th grader, explains why she quit basketball. “I didn’t like it anymore, so I stopped playing,” but she also says she might go back to playing basketball.

Sometimes, kids think, “I have to be the best or I’ve failed,” according to the Washington Post. If 13-year-olds think this and they don’t make the team, they think they’ve failed. Afterwards, they might quit. Olivia Ballentine, 7th grader, shared that she quit karate. “I was really bad at it, and everyone else was good.” This way of thinking can also lead to people being unathletic later on in their lives. Not making the team can also lead to anxiety and depression, according to the Washington Post. This isn’t just a sports problem, it’s a cultural problem. Just this one small problem has led more than 70% of kids 13 and older to stop playing sports.

It just might be the specific age. At 13, kids are faced with more (and maybe more challenging) school work. This can cause them to focus more on school work more than sports. Maybe the schools they attend just don't have sports for them to practice it.

Another reason why kids might quit sports is because of injuries, as the following interview depicts. Sixth grader Destiny Dimitrova shared that she quit basketball. She said, “I quit because I broke my pinky and I couldn’t play for three months so I decided basketball was not meant for me.” If kids get injuries that cause them to stop playing for a while, they just might simply not play anymore; to avoid more injuries.

In conclusion, 70% of kids quit sports at the age of 13 because of injuries, school teams, being too self conscious, and maybe just the specific age. It’s really hard being a teenager, especially while having the pressure of sports. All in all, we can all say that being under pressure, quitting sports is a common thing. But this is why growth mindset is so important!


Popular posts from this blog

Disney Channel Character from “Andi Mack” comes out as gay, and other LGBT characters.

By Dash Fisher

Hunters Point Community Middle School - It’s your neighbourly and friendly friend here, Dash! In the show Andi Mack, a character comes out as gay to his friend. Here are my thoughts and feelings about it.

Andi Mack is a Disney Channel show about tweens going through middle school. Starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Andi Mack, Andi Mack is turning 13 when her older sister Bex returns home. Andi goes through her teenage life, with the help of her family and her friends Cyrus and Buffy, on top of coping with the discovery that Bex is actually her mother and that her mother Celia “Cece” is actually her grandmother, and managing her crush on classmate Jonah Beck. While another one of Andi’s friends, Cyrus, also has a crush on Jonah.

So, in the show Cyrus comes out as gay. Gay is the G in LGBTQ+. LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and the plus stands for other sexualities/genders including but not limited to Pensexual, Asexual, and Intersex.


Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” Releasing April 2018

By Able Bloodgood, Anita Andrade, Dash Fisher and Isamu Russo 

Long Island City - The multi-million dollar series from Marvel Studios, Avengers, is returning with a bang, releasing Avengers: Infinity War on April 25, 2018.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the new films are bringing back old characters from previous movies and introducing new characters, a few who have never made a screen appearance in a Marvel movie.

The movie follows the storyline that all of Marvel's superheroes must come together to fight Thanos, an intergalactic villain with the powers of the universe, before he destroys earth and the universe as we know it.

Thanos is expected to set high standards for villains to come. “I wanted to turn Thanos into the Darth Vader for a new generation. He’s an incredibly intense character. In other words, he is sociopathic. He takes no prisoners. I think the audience needs to be prepared when they go see these movies,” said director Anthony Russo in an interview at San Diego’s…

School Trips Matter

By Nicholas Lentini and Tsheyang Lhamo

8th Graders in Times Square on their way to go bowling. Credit Mr. Brezina

Long Island City - Hunters Point Community Middle School has been on a diverse amount of trips this year which include the 7th grade overnight Ramapo trip, the 6th and 7th grade American Museum of Natural History visit, The Met, the trip to see the movie Wonder, and last but not least the Quartz (news blog) trip our school blog went to. Hopefully, there are more trips to come throughout the year!

The purpose of these excursions are usually for observation, non-experimental research, educational purposes, or to provide students with experiences outside their everyday activities, such as going camping with teachers and their classmates.

Also, the NEA (National Education Association) surveyed 400 adults and 89% of them said that “educational trips had a positive impact on their education and career because the trips made them more engaged, intellectually curious and interested …