What to Do After Getting Cut from a Team

Posted: September 13, 2012 by alexkaminetzky in Announcement

For all those youth parents out there, you know you all get just as nervous as your kids when they suit up for tryouts. The kids that are on the fence for making the team will likely experience one of two feelings after the end of tryouts: euphoria or devastation. This is especially true with kids that have been playing specific sports their entire lives. I can still remember the feeling I got when I read the basketball team list my sophomore year, and couldn’t find my name. I found myself fighting off tears because I had just been cut from the sport I played for nine years. I had worked so hard for so long, only to be told that I wasn’t good enough. However, I still maintain that getting cut from the basketball team that year was one of the greatest things that ever happened to me.

Getting cut from a sport you love is a terrible feeling, but usually the feeling is short lived. Like any other obstacle that comes in life, kids learn to get over their shortcomings, and move on to other activities. In my case, I was afforded the opportunity to play more soccer, join more school clubs, and get more involved in my church youth group. Similarly, all kids will find ways to fill their free time and hopefully find their true passions.

The primary concern in having your child cut from a sports team is not the temporary pain they will have, but rather how they handle the extra time on their hands. It is important as a parent to urge your kid to find more activities, such as picking up a new sport or joining school clubs that support their interests. In unfortunate cases, some children have gotten bored from the extra time on their hands, so they pick up bad habits like smoking and drinking to fill the time voids. However, if they find a new activity that they are passionate about and truly love doing, they will get over being cut from their sports team very quickly and will be better off in the long run.

Many parents have claimed that sports teams, especially in high school, should not cut players, and let them play anyways. The problem with this is that many kids are unwilling to waste their time at practices for no playing time in games, and coaches don’t need the headache. A coach cannot effectively run his or her team if players that don’t deserve to be on the team in the first place are knocking on his door every day asking for more playing time. I would urge parents to take the experience of their child getting cut in stride, allowing them to learn from the experience. It’s not that they need to toughen up, but sometimes, kids need to move on from unsuccessful endeavors and find what they love and what they’re good at in life.

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