I have had many parents ask me what they should do when their son/daughter has simply lost their passion to play and it isn't fun anymore. To me, I don't think that there could be an easier answer than to let them take some time off and just be a kid.
So many times, we want our kids to follow the plans that we set up for them, and then they fall prisoner to staying on course. I can't tell you how many players in the big leagues took time away from the game of baseball, some of them convinced that they would never return. That little break could have been one of the most important things that allowed them to play at this level. Fortunately, they had some adults in their lives that were wise enough to let them take a break.
What would you do, if your aspiring young athlete said that they didn't want to play this year? Would your mind go toward the pressure filled tryout that you all had to endure, or the group of friends that would be disappointed, or are you one of the people who believes that if your son does not play on this particular team, he will never make it?.....I think you know where I am going to go with this, and I have seen it happen too many times, where the kids are forced to stay in, and eventually, they burn out.
So, what is the answer? As tough as it is, there are too many stories to ignore what happens when kids burn out of a sport. There are equally as many stories that prove that kids can take a "time-out" from a sport and not just return to form, but often times come back even better...motivated and excited.
The final aspect of this topic is another byproduct of allowing your child to take a break, if they are asking for it, and that is FAMILY TIME. I have seen a number of professional players who have had their kids take a break, because of our tough schedule, and they wanted to spend time together as a family. They traded the organized leagues, to spend time playing catch, and throwing them batting practice. I have seen these same kids go on to play in college, and professionally.They wouldn't trade those years together for anything, and obviously, their skills weren't effected.
Tough topic, but I hope that you will consider letting your kids take a break if they are asking for it. You both could benefit from it.