It has been very easy to get caught up in the herd mentality and buy into the underlying competitive nature in club sports. Watching this game reminded me why kids play and why parents support their kids playing. In the United States, 21.5 million youth between the ages of 6 to 17 play sports on a regular basis. Youth sports are an important part of each child’s development. Unfortunately 70% of children involved in sports at a young age quit by the age of 13.