Research by Robertson (1987) showed that what children actually enjoy is not what adults think children enjoy. Parents should remember this when they support their children.

Children placed in order of preference:

1. Improving their skill level

2. Playing, using the skills of the sport

3. Having a good relationship with the coach

4. Being selected in the team, not on the bench

5. Competing and trying to win

6. Having an exciting close game

7. Being with friends

8. Wearing the correct uniform

9. Beating their opponents

10. Receiving medals or trophies