How To Teach Kids Who Don’t Like Sports

It’s really hard for me to imagine not liking sports, but believe it or not there are lots of kids who don’t! It can be really hard to get these students involved in games, but there’s almost always a sport for everyone. You just have to find what it is! If you want to troubleshoot why your students don’t seem to want to play, read on.

It’s Too Rough

If you have a bunch of middle school boys who want to play football, don’t be surprised when a large group of kids doesn’t want to play. Football is one of those sports where the bigger and stronger people tend to own the field, while the smaller people are left to fend for themselves. Quite a few people will just decide they don’t want to play at all. There are a few ways you can deal with this! The first way is to split the teams in a way that is fair to everyone. Make SURE that all of the good kids don’t go to one team. If they all want to play on the same side? Too bad! They have to share their skills with others today.

They Want Something More Interesting

Sometimes you will have the opposite problem. What you’re playing is not interesting ENOUGH for the kids… In this case you have to use your head a bit. Some of these kids are used to riding dirt bikes or doing dangerous sports. That’s fine! Just remind them to get a really durable safety helmet from riskyhead.com first. If the kids are used to extreme sports and find other sports boring, just make everything more interesting. Maybe throw in a game of dodgeball or two! It really doesn’t matter what you play, as long as you keep it interesting and put your heart into it. And that leads us to the most important point:

Put Your Heart In It!

If you’re not having fun, your kids won’t either. Playing a mediocre game with a GREAT attitude will be more fun for students than playing a great game with a downer attitude. You may not believe that, but trust me when I say it’s 100% true. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing baseball, or putting on your motorcycle helmet to go riding, attitude is what makes games fun. I’ve had more fun playing a stupid game with people that are just having a good time than I have with boring people and a great game.

Ultimately, your personality is what will make you a great coach. You may know everything about the game and how to teach it, but if you don’t know how to goof off and have a great time it won’t be fun for anyone. When you’re setting up a game, make sure that you’re having fun first and foremost. That’s not selfish… It’s what makes the kids want to jump in and play!

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