1618 Bryant Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
February 26, 2013
Terry McDonnell, editor
1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York NY 10020
Dear Mr. McDonnell,
In a 2001 survey by Survey USA, 55 percent of 500 Indianapolis, Ind. parents reported witnessing other parents engaging in verbal abuse at youth sporting events. As children and teenagers, youth sport participants are meant to derive confidence and enjoyment from playing organized sports, but are outside pressures from parents and coaches soiling their experiences?
Whether a Hit Doctor for baseball or a Wahoos for swimming, youth and adolescent sports clinics abound in New Jersey. I propose writing a 1,500-2,000 word feature on the intensity with which youth and adolescents dedicate themselves to sports and what effects it may have on them. In it, I will interview coaches and parents on how they feel about pushing youth so hard to succeed, as well as sports psychologists and players about what ramifications these expectations have on youth sports participants.
Thank you for your consideration of this article. I look forward to hearing your response.