Tag:youth sports
Posted on: January 14, 2009 1:55 pm

Come on people......let kids be kids please.

A bit of a rant here.

I grew up in a sports household.  I played everything from team sports to individual sports.  I was on the soccer team, baseball team, basketball team, football team, tennis team, track team and I played racquetball, golf and swam.  I loved and love sports with a passion.  I even attended polo matches, motocross and horse races as a kid.  I was always around sports.  I don't feel that I was pushed into sports by my parents though.  I was always presented a choice prior to entering a new sport.  Would you like to learn how to play golf?  If I said yes my father and I would pursue golf etc. My father was happy to coach my brother and my team's if needed and he was a good teacher.

Now that I am a parent I am reluctant to enter my young kids into the world of sports however.  Mostly because I see kids being pushed in ways that I don't think are beneficial to their development.  I want to expose my kids to many things including sports, but I do not want to push them into it.

Where is this coming from?  I guess it is a feeling that I have had for some time, but as a parent I suppose I see things from a different point of view than I did pre-kids.  I see kids whose parents are living vicariously through there kid's sports.  I see kids pushed beyond the physical capacities of their young bodies.  I see the ultra competitive win at all costs insanity of parents passed on to their kids.  I see kids holding press conferences at their schools to announce where they intend to play college football despite the fact that it is a total fabrication. 

What prompted me to write this blog entry was something that is happening in my own neigborhood.   A friend of mine is coaching his son's 6-7 year old basketball team.  You know 1st and 2nd grade learn how to dribble, learn how to pass, learn how to run a play or two and learn the rules of the game.  Non competitive with loose interpretation of the rules to ease the kids into a team sport that can teach them life lessons in the years to come.  WRONG!!!!!!!!!!! 

He has a team of 8 players, 4 of whom are taking private basketball lessons.  PRIVATE BASKETBALL LESSONS for 6 and 7 year olds.  This has gone too far IMHO.  Basketball is a team sport first of all.  Private basketball lessons for 6 and 7 year olds should be in their driveway with their father, not $20 per hour sessions with some sleaze ball trying to make a buck off of 1st graders.  I guess I don't fault the "expert teachers" so much as the parents, but there is plenty of disdain to go around from me.  I could rant for a while hear but I will keep it brief to say that this is the exact reason that I am reluctant to enter my kids into today's world of youth sports.
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Tags: youth sports
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