In a time filled with technology, electronics are keeping kids at home and off the field.

WILL DENNER - Martti Rahi, coach of the fifth- and sixth-grade Culver MACRD team, encourages his team during a break in the action.In a time filled with screens and technology, kids need sports now more than ever.

With newer devices and a touch of a button, people instantly have some source of entertainment and distraction.

The number of kids participating in sports has been declining throughout the years and kids participating in multiple sports has decreased as well, due to one-sport specialization. More than two-thirds of kids drop out of sports by the age of 13. The average age American children receive their first phone is around 10 years old and around 12 years old they have their first social media account.

Participating in sports is so much more than just exercising and staying healthy, even though that is very important. Sports teaches you how to lose, teamwork and problem solving. Kids watch so many movies and TV shows these days, they forget that sometimes things don't always have happy endings; sometimes you need to work hard and earn the things you want.

We all want to win trophies and have undefeated seasons, but in reality that only happens to a few.

Failing is a huge part of success and I know that sounds weird, but it is true.STEELE HAUGEN - A Culver Jefferson County softball team is meeting after a game.

Think about how you learn things, not only in sports, but in life. Somewhere early in my life, I shot a basketball for the first time or threw a football for the first time. I guarantee you it was not a three-point swoosh or a perfect spiral, but I kept trying.

You keep failing until the ball goes in the hoop and then you try to copy what you just did to make another basket. You minimize your mistakes as much as you can to create success. Success doesn't just appear, you fail and fail and fail, until you get so good at minimizing your failures, it looks like success.

LeBron James has a 50.4 percent career shooting percentage, which is considered good in the game of basketball. This means he only makes around half of the shots he takes; he fails at scoring half of the time.

Brett Favre threw 336 career interceptions in his 302 career games and is considered one of the best quarterbacks to play in the NFL.

Everyone fails, but how you respond to failure is the difference in finding success and excellence. You will never find excellence if you quit after one or two failures.

Sports helps create a work ethic. It teaches that hard work creates results. Someone's work ethic can make him or her into a better athlete, a better worker. When you see the results of your hard work, whether it's something as simple as getting in better shape or winning a big game against a difficult team, it is something that will be remembered.

When a difficult task or job needs to get done, you remember the kind of hard work it takes to make it happen. When you find success in hard work, it's easier to work hard enough to see more success. STEELE HAUGEN - MHS head football coach Kurt Taylor talks to a potential player.

Sports is a very good stepping stone into the real world. In most sports, you're on a team, practicing and working with others. Kids learn social skills, how to communicate, dealing with certain situations with different people, with different personalities.

Most athletes have probably had a coach they disliked or teammate they didn't get along with and most, at some point, had or will have a boss or co-worker they dislike. Athletes have now practiced that situation, where as nonathletes may not have dealt with that obstacle.

You practice sports all the time. You have probably heard a coach say things like, practice, practice, practice or practice makes perfect. Maybe, competing in sports is helping athletes practice for life.

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