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Poll says moms are stressed by their kids' youth sports commitments
Moms polled say youth sports have caused marital and family battles and poor job performance, due to practice and game schedules as well as the pressure on kids to perform, according to a recent study commissioned by i9 Sports, a youth sports league franchise.
The i9 franchise strives to make youth sports more fun and less stressful for parents by running sports teams that play just once a week, with one practice held directly before game time. There are no travel teams or overnight tournaments.
According to the i9 study, 68 percent of mothers say their children’s involvement in sports causes stress in their lives; 24 percent say it causes conflict with their significant other due to arguments over time, money, driving and harsh reactions when children don’t play well, and 76 percent say they’re happiest when their children’s sports season is over. In addition, 65 percent say the sports interfere with their jobs.
The poll survey polled more than 400 moms with children in organized sports. More than a quarter of them have children participating in sports five nights a week; 40 percent drive more than four hours a week for sports. The poll was done online and, although commissioned by i9, was done by a third party, Usamp, an online market research company.
i9 has one franchise on Long Island, in the Smithtown/Sachem area, which offers flag football for kids ages 6 to 16 at a cost of $120 for the winter season. The Long Island branch can be found at i9sports.com or reached at 631-254-4600.