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What if I Want to Quit a Sport?

Medically reviewed by: Amy W. Anzilotti, MD

Sports are a great way to be part of a team, stay in shape, and have fun. But you might find yourself wanting to quit a sport. This can happen for different reasons, such as:

  • Some of the excitement that you had for the sport is gone.
  • You're having a problem with a teammate or coach.
  • It's too much with homework and all your other responsibilities.

Things to Consider

Before quitting, think about what is making you want to quit. Talk to your parents or other trusted adult to see if making a change would make you want to stick with your sport.

For example:

  • If you feel tired or overwhelmed, try doing less of the sport or take something else off your schedule.
  • If there's an issue with a teammate or coach, try to work through it. Maybe talking to the teammate or the coach would help. Talk about the problem without blaming, and suggest ways to make the situation better.
  • If you're being bullied, either by the coach or a teammate, talk to your parent or other trusted adult. Brainstorm together about ways to deal with a bully. Tell an adult if the bullying continues so you can deal with it together. It's never OK to feel bullied.
  • If you don't like the sport anymore, try sticking it out for the season. Then, take a break. After a few months off, you may realize that you miss the sport after all!
  • If you feel like your parents want you to play more than you do, talk to them. Your parents want what's best for you, so telling them how you feel may help them see your point of view.

If You Do Quit

If you do make the decision to quit, find another sport or activity to try. You need at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity to stay fit and healthy. Luckily, there are many ways to stay active!

Medically reviewed by: Amy W. Anzilotti, MD
Date reviewed: March 2019