Trophy Kids (HBO State of Play)

Trophy Kids follows families in four different sports who are pushing their kids to succeed. But what are the kids playing for: their own dreams, or someone else's dream? This documentary takes an honest look at how sport parents can go wrong.

Released 2013; Runtime 107 minutes


  • Parents & Family; Youth Sport: The entire documentary is about the state of youth sport and overbearing parents; Fascinating look at how well-intentioned people can push their children in counter-productive and negative ways.
  • Motivation (Extrinsic): Many of the parents talk about their children obtaining a scholarship, playing professionally, living up to their expectations, etc., but rarely is anything intrinsic cited as a reason for playing.
  • Anxiety & Stress: It is clear that the kids are stressed out by the forceful and negative parenting.