Love Watching them Play (New!)

The "Race To Nowhere" in youth sports.

As John O'Sullivan has coined it, the race to nowhere in youth sports is an adult driven, hyper competitive race to the top in athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids. Despite a few successes, this path is a race to nowhere, and it does not produce better athletes. It produces bitter athletes who get hurt, burn out, and quit sports altogether.

In addition to any other encouragement you provide your player, Gloucester Dragons encourages you to:

Tell them that you love watching them play.

John O'Sullivan remembers when youth sports was about children competing with other children instead of adults competing with each other through their kids. Following nearly three decades as a soccer player and coach, O'Sullivan began working to reshape youth sports and inspire a major shift in culture. After serving as a youth coach for the Portland Timbers in Bend, he founded the Changing the Game Project and is now an international speaker and national best-selling author of Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports back to Our Kids. His writing has also been featured in the Huffington Post, Soccer America Magazine and The Soccer Wire.