Growing up I was more of a mathalete than an athelete. An akward relationship with sports equipment killed my sports dreams before they started. How many times can a girl get bopped on the head with a volleyball before she gives up?
Hopefully my kids don’t inherit my allergic reaction to sports. I like the idea of them getting exercise and working with a team towards a common goal.
Organized sports would also add another layer to their college applications. But I wonder if the cost to play is worth the price of admission.
Exposure to Adults Behaving Badly
I thought it was a fluke the first time I heard of a parent and coach coming to blows at a youth sporting event. Color me niave. Just put “bad sports parent” into a YouTube search. Better yet, don’t look it up. It’ll just give you a head cramp.
Esquire Network’s docuseries, “Friday Night Tykes” doesn’t paint a very pretty picture of youth sports. The show, which follows several San Antonio youth football teams, made recent news for the suspension of two coaches. According to CNN reports, one coach was suspended for encouraging profanity, while the other was suspended for instructing players to hit their opponents in the head.
Check out the CNN video below:
As of this writing, The Esquire Network has the entire first episode of “Friday Night Tykes” posted on its website. Forgive me, but I won’t be linking to said first episode.
I can’t imagine the thought process of adults who go crazy over youth sports. Is it because of other life stressors outside the game itself that push them over the edge?
Are they really so wrapped up in an 8-year-old’s football game that they lose control?
I suspect it could be something far more disturbing.
The only thing worse than an adult who berates, abuses, and misdirects a child, is an adult who thinks that they are helping the child with such behavior.
I’m not a member of the every-kid-gets-a-trophy club.
Life is competitive. Kids have to learn how to thrive in a competitive world. That being said, some coaches and parents aren’t teaching kids how to compete. They are teaching them to win at all cost.
I thought sports were supposed to be fun
Youth participation is down in basketball, soccer, baseball and football, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal. Experts cite various reasons for the decline including cuts in physical education courses, increased pressure on child athletes, and the popularity of social media and video games.
To summarize one expert in the Wall Street report: The search for elite athletes, overworking kids, and making student athletes specialize in a single sport have made sports less fun.
So, will my kids play sports?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not down on youth sports. Even when you consider concussions and other sports injuries, I believe that inactivity poses a greater health risk for many kids.
Will my kids play organized sports? Well I was hoping you’d give me your two cents. Hop to it.
Readers: Are organized sports still a good idea for kids? What’s the kids and sports scene at your house? Any thoughts on Friday Night Tykes? Leave a comment below.