If youth sports are supposed to be about exercise, teamwork, confidence, persistency, leadership, and humility, why do the better athletes make the team and the kids that are out of shape get cut?
What ever happened to splitting up all the kids, and rotating them, so they all get equal play? Do we not do this anymore, because we're afraid our team won't win?
Million dollar stadiums & ball fields, 3-day road trips, expensive equipment, and flashy uniforms don't seem to line up with WHY parents say they want their kids involved in youth sports. It sounds like it's more about entertaining fans than building character in youth.
Also, what if the "Coach of the Year" award went to the coach that lost all the games, but instead helped 3 kids with absolutely no athletic skills develop into a better athlete because of persistency.
If you ask me, it's not hard to coach the athletically talented. It takes MORE coaching skills to coach the non-talented kids.
If youth sports are really about winning at all costs and entertaining the fans, then just be honest with the parents before they sign up their kids.
Additionally, if organized sports aren't cutting it for you anymore, may I suggest jiu-jitsu.
Yes, it's boring for spectators to watch. But, in jiu-jitsu ALL the kids get to 'play' and compete, even the non-athletic ones.
For less than $100 you can get a uniform and a belt and that's all you need.
Jiu-jitsu offers your child a tremendous opportunity to learn about exercise, teamwork, confidence, persistency, leadership, and humility.
Put my bias to jiu-jitsu aside for a minute and seriously consider WHAT you want your child to learn from youth sports.
And remember, the greatest lesson to take away from youth sports is found in the Bible.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.