In the articles, “The secret life of Tiger Woods,” by Wright Thompson, and, “Are parents ruining youth sports? Few kids play amid pressure,” by Michael S. Rosenwald, both analyze the lives of varied athletes that have sacrificed things to get to where they are now as an elite-athlete. Although in my opinion, I think the quest to becoming an “elite athlete” is ultimately not worth the sacrifices it requires.
Are High school sports good or bad for kids? High school sports have a negative effect on kids. It has an negative effect on kids because of, concussions, and scholarships. Also there are some positive effects that sports can have on kids. One of the positive effect that sports have on the kids is the grades.
“Think for a moment about the different roles that you fulfill in your own life, it could be that of a runner, a cyclist, a mother, a father, a coach, a brother, a wife, a teacher and so on” (Symes). Throughout life, a person takes on many roles. Some roles, such as a daughter, or friend, or brother, will stick with a person forever. However there are some roles, such as a coach, or an athlete, that come and go. Many athletes tend to announce their role with a sense of ownership.
Masculinity and femininity are archetypes that are seen on a broad spectrum around the world but are complex and different in every situation. Chinua Achebe’s African novel Things Fall Apart demonstrates how masculinity and femininity are defined by Okonkwo and traditional Umuofian society by providing explicative examples of flashbacks, symbolism, and character foils throughout the novel. To begin, the author uses flashbacks in regards to Okonkwo’s childhood and his connection with his father. To demonstrate “He had resented his father’s failure and weakness… a playmate had told him that his father was an agbala” (Achebe 13). The term agbala is defined in context as a “woman; or man who has taken no title” (Achebe 211).
In the last 100 years, youth sport has grown to be commonplace regardless of one’s race, gender, or their families’ income level. Yet before WWII, youth sport and their respective tournaments were primarily populated by poor immigrant families. Afterwards, youth sport grew in popularity, especially with the middle class. “It wasn’t until the 1970’s that youth sport for both sexes was embraced by upper-middle-class communities, where parents came to believe that competitive youth sport was a requirement if their kids were to be successful” (Woods, 2016). As more parents grew to value youth sports positive influence on their children, growth skyrocketed.
On the flip side of the female athlete triad is the rising obesity one can observe in football players. “Researchers at Iowa State University found nearly half of the offensive and defensive linemen playing on Iowa high school teams qualify as overweight, and one in 10 meet medical standards for severe obesity”(Watkins 46). It is even more likely for high schools in states with more competitive football programs to have more extreme obesity problems. It is absurd to have an athlete be severely obese. Sports are supposed to encourage healthier weights, but this is proof of the opposite.
There are many controversial debates out in the world, but one big topic people come across is if all the kids on a team of some sort deserve a participation trophy just for socialization. Many can go back and forth and have their voice of reason with this issue but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However sources show different kinds of theories on what people think should happen with trophies like these whether it be good or bad, but they also discuss how getting rid of these trophies may help motivate kids to do great things in their sport. Participation trophies should not be given out to a whole team. This debate really started to get acknowledged when NFL linebacker James Harrison took a picture of his kids’ trophies and said he was going to send them back.
Youth sports in America reflect and support the nation’s gender roles and stereotypes in society by utilizing the preconceived notions concerning the attributes of, differences, between, and proper roles for men and women in U.S. culture. Because there is already the preconceived idea that boys are supposed to be more athletic, assertive, aggressive, strong, and competitive than girls, more attention is given to them regarding athletic training. Examples of this favor towards boys are shown through the youth sport t-ball, the precursor sport to baseball. Studies show that boys receive more playing time than girls and are assigned to more played positions that provide more opportunities to touch the ball and develop skills as well as more time hitting the ball at the plate. In addition to these, boys also receive more coaching advice, while girls’ mistakes go uncorrected and boys also receive more praise for their successes.
I definitely believe most youth sports are too intense. The coaches always want their team to win, so they are hard on the players. Sure, winning is great but the fun is taken out of the sport when winning is the only thing on the coach's mind. When you have a coach who is there just to help you have fun, and you get along with your teammates you play a lot better. I have had personal experiences with both overbearing coaches and coaches who were there to just help us have fun.
“Fear presides over these memories, a perpetual fear. Of course no childhood is without its terrors, yet I wonder if I would have been a less frightened boy if Lindbergh hadn't been president or if I hadn't been the offspring of Jews.” (Roth, 1) The Plot against America by Phillip Roth is a story of what it was like for the Roth family and Jews across the country, when an American aviator Charles Lindbergh was elected as the president of the United States. The following excerpt, reveals the psychological state of Philip Roth and how he perceives his childhood.