Why do children play sports? Well, sports are not only a fun game for kids, but they serve as life lessons that can help a child not only a success currently but in the future. Although others think that sports for youth have nothing to do with educating children in any way, it is easy to see that sports teach life lessons to kids. To add on, many other people think that sports do teach valuable life lessons too. First of all, it is worth mentioning how sports can help a child, which is boosting their confidence.
While it is true that becoming a champion could be pressurizing to a younger child, wanting to be the best around at something is something that carries on even outside of sports, into life. We should be expecting kids to want to compete to win, not just to be participating. To be the winner of a sport will give you the mental mindset to be the best at other things later in life, such as being the best at their job, or being the best in school. One way that participation trophies could actually work is if each award was given to the child player with a purpose. The coach stating each players strength on the team as they hand them the award could give a powerful message to the children, showing them that they have control over their success.
Most of them like to point out that it makes kids happy, as stated in the article Should Everyone Get a Trophy by Lauren Tarshis, “He says that getting trophies has made him feel good about being on his teams.” That was said by a boy named Lucas, who was talking about how he gets trophies extremely effortlessly. So yes, it is true that trophies make some kids happy for a while, but that would only be looking at the short-term effects of getting unearned trophies. The long-term effects include lack of determination to improve, upsetting the kids that put actual effort into earning the trophies, and the tremendously large cost of the trophies themselves. So after all, the short-term effects aren’t really worth the long-term
People that say yes see it as motivation to the sport and also makes them feel like they're worth something to the team if they get something in the end. But others that believe if kids know they get something in the end, then they won't even try or “give their best effort”. Some even think the participation trophy is pointless and unnecessary which will make kids think all they have to do is show up to practice and not accomplish anything or put forth the effort toward the sport. If all you do is give kids participation trophies, they'll think everything will get handed to them in their lifetime without any effort. It's basically also a informal sanction just giving all these kids in sporting groups a reward that have no meaning at
Most parents believe that if they start their children off young, then their children will be more successful in whatever sport they are put into, but it can also cause their children to burn out and drop the sport by the time they are a teenager. Also, what parents sometimes might forget and do not understand is that, if their child does not like the sport they are playing, they are more likely to not try and find a way out of not playing in the game. In Statsky’s essay she explained how there was a child about seven-years-old who was playing a Peewee Football game and no longer wanted to play. The child told the coach that his “tummy hurts” in order to not play, but the coach did not accept his statement, so the little boy made himself vomit right onto the ground. This action from the little child shows how competitive sports have psychological dangers and can cause children to harm themselves in order to stay out of the game.
On the other side of the debate people think that it is too much of a risk factor and that they should drop the sports. It is absolutely critical that these kids get to remain in their sports because they are kids and kids are suppose to have fun. O'Brien states that ” The parents think they're buying them for protection. The kids think they look cool. "(O'Brien 3).
It may not be their job; however, it is their responsibility to be a good role model. Kids these days look up to athletes because they have accomplished a goal that seems almost impossible to them. They inspire children to chase their dreams and to work hard for what they want in life. “As long as there is a dream, there is a dreamer”
The children have been welcoming to participation awards although they stop growth and potential. By expecting to receive trophies just for participating the youth will start to indulge in noncompetitive behavior. They will amass a low work rates because receiving an award will become an expectation and not a privilege. The youth will start to become lazy and they will acquire bad attitudes when they are not congratulated. Stopping growth and cutting
Kids can translate the hard work they've put into their sport by working harder to be a better student or employee and a better person overall. Kids sports can most definitely help in the area of working together with someone or a