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When It Becomes About The Parents, Kids Stop Enjoying Sports

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Geoff Loomis (@geoff_loomis) is the head coach of the University of Portland baseball program. Loomis, a member of the UP Athletic Hall of Fame and one of the most decorated players in the history of the Portland Pilot baseball program, spent the previous 13 seasons as the head coach at Pacific Lutheran University where he compiled an impressive 327-197-2 (.624) record.

Loomis talks about how once sports starts to become more about the parents and their want for competition, the activity becomes less fun for the actual kids involved. He talks about how sports is about three main things: fun, learning how to work cooperatively on a team, and growing from the opportunity to be a part of multiple teams in multiple sports. This collective experience, he believes, cannot be matched in value.