Thursday, March 29, 2012
Kids and Sport- When is it too much?
But the other thing that has been on my mind lately is just how much time kids train for their sports each week. Now for footy it is only 1 hour per week on a Thursday afternoon and then the games on the weekend. But for sports like Surf Life Saving I am hearing of kids of around the age of 11 training up to 11-12 hours hours per week. And quiet frankly, I think that is just insane!
When do these kids get down time?
When are they allowed to just be kids?
I mean it is all well and good if the kids are enjoying it, but I ask how long is it going to take for them to burn out and lose the joy of it? How long before their school work suffers?
I have heard about (and seen) this type of insane training hours in young kids in other sports too. So I know it isn't just restricted to Surf Life Saving, that is just the most recent example I have heard.
What do you think? Should there be a limit on how many hours a week kids can train for their sports? Oh, and I am talking pre-teen kids but the same thoughts could apply for any person under the age of 16 too...