J - posted on 05/01/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )
My son has been playing hockey for six years, but he has recently decided he wants to quit. I'm not certain of the reasons, but I suspect he feels the sport cuts into his social life too much (practice 2-3 days a week and one game). I also believe he has been playing at a competitive level that is a little too high for him, and this has made him feel bad because he didn't get the playing time others did. (However, the shortage of play time has been his fault, too, because he hasn't tried as hard as he can.)
Anyway, I think he's making a big mistake by giving up the sport. He says he wants to try something new, but I am worried what is really going on is his desire to 'chill' with his friends. I also worry he wants to quit because the sport has gotten hard and requires lots of effort, and he doesn't want to put in the effort. I guess I feel like he's quitting for the wrong reasons.
Is there anyone out there with a child who quit a sport but then went back to it? Or changed their mind about quitting? I am hoping to positively inspire him to either go back to the sport or take up another, not just quit and do nothing but hang out with his friends.