Having to Choose Between Attending Church or Playing Sports

attending church or playing sports

It seems as though we have gotten to a point where kids are having to choose between God and Sports. They have to choose between attending church or playing sports.
More and more sports are being played on Sunday, but what about God for those kids who choose to believe?
My son is courageous. He has always been a fighter. He fights for what he thinks is right, fights for others, and fights to overcome hard things. Every day he fights a little harder to stand up for what is right and what he believes God wants him to do.
When my son was 3 he would head outside in his underwear and shoes and hit balls off the tee. His determination was amazing. He joined his first baseball team when he was 4 and has never put the bat down since; he is now 12.
His determination, teamwork, and leadership skills on and off the field are incredible to watch. His coaches always comment on how hard he works on and off the field.
While we lived in California he played Little League for many years, two years ago we moved to Texas. Where we live now, Little League does not exist; it is Rec ball for beginners or Select Ball.

Attending Church or Playing Sports

attending church or playing sports

After much consideration of the Pros and Cons, we felt the only way he could continue to grow in the sport of baseball was to allow him to play Select Ball. Select Ball consists of many tournaments throughout the season. It takes up Saturdays and Sundays.  Our son’s dreams are important to us so it is hard to decide between attending church or playing sports.
As I mentioned earlier our son has a desire to always do what is right, and he wants to stand up for that.
So each baseball season he has to choose between attending church or playing sports. Hundreds of thousands of kids throughout the country face this same choice, play sports on Sunday or go to church.
The number one reason church attendance is declining is that of kid’s sports on Sunday.
On a Sunday morning game last season, I looked at my son who looked distraught and I asked him what was wrong. He said, “I am so happy to be playing the game I love, but Mom this isn’t where I should be.  But if I am not at the game, I am letting my whole team down.”
The pressure that is put on these kids to choose is not something that they should have to feel.

attending church or playing sports

Choosing Between God and Sports

These kids are taught that if they want to be successful they need to play tournament ball, yet no options are out there to let them do this and stand up for what they believe in. The older these kids get the more tournaments they are expected to play in.
Isn’t there a better way?
Perhaps there can be a way so these kids don’t have to decide between two things that they value?
I ask you, why? Why do we need to have Sunday tournaments? Why can’t we start Friday night and end late on Saturday?
There is no reason why we can’t allow children who love the game to be able to participate and feel good about what they are doing. It is time for us to unite and help our children who struggle with these decisions. I am asking you to reevaluate Saturday Sunday tournaments at the Youth levels. Please join with me in support of all the kids who dream the big dream of playing baseball.

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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!

12 thoughts on “Having to Choose Between Attending Church or Playing Sports

  1. Sunday tournaments make me so mad! Just one day out of the week is all we ask. One day to focus on family, on God. One day to take a break from the world! It's not too much to ask for! I guess that's why it's important that we as parents get involved in the organizations so we can help try to change things. Which you already are very invovled in things! Thank you for posting! Hopefully we can figure out a way to make a difference!

  2. Thank you Brittney! I agree, I feel if enough of us make a statement and come together they will eventually change it! I would have no problem with Friday night and all day Saturday. Kids should not have to decide between two things they love God and Sports.

  3. It’s a shame when kids need to make these seemingly tough decisions. It is unfair to make kids choose between play and faith 🙁 Your son has a good heart ♥ I hope the schedule is changed soon.

  4. I feel for your son. That’s a burden children shouldn’t have to shoulder. I hope changes are made so families don’t have to deal with these tough choices.

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