How do I tell my parents I don’t want to play football next year?

I’m a sophmore in high school and next week training for football next year starts but I don’t really enjoy or like it anymore. I have played football all of my life and my parents love watching me play too. Also, I started at linebacker for varsity this year and I’m unsure as how my coach is going to take it and if he’ll be pissed at me for quitting. But, I really don’t have fun anymore with football and it seems like I’m just getting pushed into it because I have talent in it. How should I tell my parents and coach that I don’t really want to play anymore?

  37 comments for “How do I tell my parents I don’t want to play football next year?

  1. Neophyte
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    When I quit baseball after playing it for a while I just said, "I don’t feel like playing it anymore."

    Though if you’re good at football you gotta think of the possibilities. You could get a scholarship for it somewhere. SO many people would love to trade places with you.

  2. Not Mike Shanahan anymore
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    run away from home.

  3. grins
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    You open your mouth and become a man!!!

  4. bookish
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Can’t you just tell them? It’s your life, not theirs. Say you’d rather devote more time to schoolwork, which is why you go to school in the first place. I never understand these jock parents.
    Edit: Good parents want what’s best for their children. This young man doesn’t want to play football, and they should respect that. It’s not like he wants to drop out of school and join a gang.

  5. becckk
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    just tell em..
    wats the worst that could happen?

  6. converseluv14
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    tell them the truth that you feel forced to play and that you dont want to play anymore they should understand they’re your parents.

  7. jimmy the ho
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    put ur dad wenis in your mouth an write on his belly no football for this

  8. Aubrey G
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    call me a bitch, but i would just come out and tell them i dont want to anymore. its your life. not theres. they just need to realize that i guess.

  9. Travin Renee
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Just tell them "Mom, dad…I’m gonna lay off football next year. I’m not having as much fun as I used to, it’s getting old."

  10. Ryan
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    It sounds extremely cheesy to give advise like this, but just tell them what you said in this question. You don’t enjoy it anymore. That’s the important thing.

  11. Thinking of your question
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Start a new job. At least working is a good excuse not to play football. You need money.

  12. Miles
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Your question: "How do I tell my parents I don’t want to play football next year?"

    Your answer is right there after the word parents, just replace the question mark with a period.

  13. Emma G
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    the beat thing to do is just tell them. They might like watching you play but they’re your parents, they want whats best for you and that’s not football.

  14. Bevo
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Start out by telling them you are gay. Then tell them you were only joking, but you don’t want to play football anymore. They will be so relieved, they won’t give you any grief.

  15. E Em
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Tell them just what you put on here. They will understand if you have lost interest and don’t enjoy it anymore and it is your life.

  16. Only K
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Seriously, if it was me and I am 33 now…I would go into the living room and say …hey, I am not playing football next year because I hate it…dont try and fight me on this…and leave the room.

  17. aaron b
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Tell them straight out you are not having a good time any more. Are you good enough to earn a scholarship to a college playing? If you are your parents will probably be stressed out if you want to go and are getting rid of one way to get there. Just consider your options before you make a choice and then live with it. Life will go on.

  18. o0oo0o
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    you say; mum , dad
    i ain’t gonna play footy no more cuz me interested more in girls.

    easy innit. job done young man.
    good luck

  19. Cowboy Fan 4 Ever
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Just if you have talent in it, enjoy or try to enjoy it. I know you can’t force yourself to like something.
    But if it makes everybody at your school and house happy, please do it. Good luck! You’re pretty good to make it to Varsity in your sophomore year.

  20. boom ya i said it
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    if u like another sport tell them that u like that better and if they really love you they will make sure u do something you want not what they want

  21. rob y
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    the same way you told them that your gay.

  22. Ey
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    i think you should just tell them about how you just dont enjoy it.. i mean there your parents they are going to love you no matter what… so tell them how you feel and they should respect your decisions. haha you should tell em it would help focus on school work.

  23. Mo Fayed
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Tell your folks you read a Reader’s Digest article, which said footballers make so much money and are so famous they can be incredibly promiscuous and have hundreds of women. As a result one in four is HIV positive.

    Explain you can no longer take the risk of joining in ‘contact sports’ with such people.

  24. Strawberry Fields Forever
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    First you should talk to your mom and dad about it. Tell them what you’ve told us here. About how you don’t have fun anymore with it and would maybe like to try something else other than football. Maybe mention that you don’t want to play linebacker and are just wanting a break from playing football.

    I’m sure your parents will understand if you just talk calmly about it to them and let them know how much you appreciated all their support during the time that you were playing football. Let them know that it meant a lot to you that they were at your games watching you play but now you need a chance to do other things.

    About your coach, tell him how much you appreciated him being your coach and that you learned a lot from him but that you need to take a break from the game during your last few years of high school. That you want to concentrate on your grades and want to find a new activity to try out. If he is understanding as I think he will be, he will appreciate you being honest with him instead of going through the motions of suiting up every day for practice and only being half motivated.

    Good luck to you and I wish you all the best.

  25. dIeL*
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Just be totally honest with them. If you tell them honestly that you don’t enjoy playing football then they should understand your feelings and accept that. Tell them that you just need a break from it for a bit and you might go back into it next year. And if they start to get pissed at you, tell them that it’s not fair that they force you to do something that you don’t like to do. And if they continue to argue and fight with you, it’ll be the hardest thing to do but don’t say anything at all. This way you can’t get in trouble for yelling at them. Just nod your head and say ok. But if you honestly don’t want to play anymore, and you tell them that, they should understand and allow you to do what you want.

  26. RichDizzle (8-3)
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    "Mom…Dad…I don’t want to play football next year."

  27. fiestaserps
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    ik how hard it is to tell your parents that you don’t want to do something that your parents love watching you do, BUT if don’t want to do it the vest advice is JUST TELL THEM. but do it in a mature matter and make sure they understand that you are trying to open up new doors for yourself, whether or not that involves academics, or friends or whatever. But i suggest that you come up with something that you like better than football, i.e. another sport, or school activity.
    another maybe helpful hint, make sure you take a few deep breaths, and tell yourself and you parents that it may be better for you to get into a college based upon academics as opposed to sports. GOOD LUCK!!
    Peace Love

  28. toflyonekind69
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    You should only care about your interest, and as of right now, your interest isn’t football anymore, if you tell your parents that you do not want to play football anymore, they will understand: However, If that is their dream for you, It’ll be much harder for them to accept. Eventually they will have to. Don’t let your parents choose your life!

  29. Kevin C
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Explain to them that you are getting older and you are ready to start making your own decisions and tell them that you think that you are done with football. Tell them that you have enjoyed playing the sport but you don’t think that it is right for you anymore. If your parents get upset, tell them that it is your life and that you have the right to make your own decisions. As for your coach, he may get mad, but its not your fault. He can’t expect you to play football for your whole life if that is not what you want to do. If you don’t want to talk to him, just don’t show up for practice anymore and avoid him for a couple weeks. he will probably understand.

    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Life is short, make the most of it. If there’s something else you want to do during your high school years, go for it instead of wasting time with something you don’t like. At some point in time you have to define yourself, make it now. Good luck.

  31. Thutmose I
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Then you should just quit if you dont want. But if you feel your good enough to maybe get a scholarship to college for it then i would continue on.. But like i said, its totally up to you!!

  32. Vicki D
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    It is always hard to just quit something without filling the space with something else. If you have another interest, start pouring your passion into it and let your folks know you are preparing for the future. Infect them with your enthusiasm and then tell them that your back has been hurting for some time but that you didn’t want to complain about it. Say you feel great right now but are afraid the pounding in football will make it hurt again and you don’t want to ruin your body for a healthy adult life. And then get them to support your new passion. If you just quit, they will wonder why and feel a need to fix you. The important thing is to keep control of the decision making for your own life, and you can do this by creating a plan that your folks will buy into and lend their support to you. The coach will get over it.

  33. Joe
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    if you’re parents are cool, they shouldn’t be mad and support youre decision. my parents did when i wanted to quit, and when i didn’t quit, they supported me after that. hopefully your parents are like that too.

    if youre coach is pissed, just tell him that it isn’t fun anymore.

  34. wildcatwrestler9
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    id just tell my parents that im not play or you can get a bad gpa in school then u relly cant play but id rather play because ur jouior year collages are gonna be looking at you if your good like my freind Alec lemon he now has a full ride to a collage because he a insane player at wide reciver but anyway id say that just be honest with them and pick a differnt sport

  35. Damn that IDIOT
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Tell them you want to play for Pitt. They’ll be too embarrassed to let you play.

  36. Roger W
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    wow……….36th answer

  37. mpg1995
    February 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    instead of reading your paragraph just say no

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