Competition only makes children bound to be winners. It also discourages sportsman spirit. Instead of being a source of healthy growth, these competitive sports have started becoming the source of depression for children when they don’t fulfil the expectations of their parents. These sports should enhance the sportsman spirit in children and must be beneficial for their mental and physical health. Concentrating on winning or losing spoils the fun that games hold.
Participation trophies diminish the meaning of winning and produce a lack of motivation among our youth today. Though rewarding all players with a trophy is counteractive, positive reinforcement is not. Positive reinforcement is key in the process of encouraging adolescents to continue to pursue the sport they are playing. The winners should receive a trophy to endorse their hard work and accomplishment; those who lost, but kept playing, should receive a non-materialistic item such as a pizza party or ice cream to acknowledge their determination when playing the game. Without loss, there is no motive to
Save the game for kids who, having learned important life lessons through their only available avenue, i.e. sports, go on to worthwhile citizenry, and make rules that protect them. Begin with performance enhancing drugs control. Lance Armstrong said he would not have been accepted if he had declined to use drugs. If the top (pro sports) demands usage, the news will flow to the
For instance, in the article by Lauren Tarshis, Coffin makes the claim, “Receiving a pat on the back, a thumbs-up from the coach, any show of appreciation is what keeps kids coming back.” Kids won’t stick with sports because they are bestowed with a deluge of shiny medals, but they will do it if they feel acknowledged and supported for their hard work. Furthermore, in the article “Losing is Good for You” the author Ashley Merryman states, “If children know they will automatically get an award, what is the impetus for improvement? Why bother learning problem-solving skills, when there are never obstacles to begin with?” She asks valid questions. Kids who are given awards think they’ve already won, so why should they try to improve? They have lost the will to succeed, to push themselves to improve.
According to the article “Student Competition: Why No One Wins When Everyone Wins” it states “If everyone is placed on a unilateral performance scale, then students may never be motivated to challenge themselves. By creating opportunities for healthy competition, students are given a reason to try harder and to do better. Another significant benefit to competition is the lessons students will learn from losing. It is okay if they are upset because they lose. What this will do is serve to teach that they don’t need to be afraid of losing—that at some point everyone goes through a loss.
However, earning your position, being undeserving of playing time, and coaches trying to win in their respected program are all issues that need to be thought of before people begin fighting for equal playing time. High school coaches should not be required to give equal playing time to all players who make the team. Kids in society have been handed things their entire life. There has been little to no sense of accomplishment after earning a spot or position on a team. Spots should be earned by being the best at what someone does, not for pitty and for moral victories to make them feel good.
The hits kids experience or have faced should be taken into account when parents decide if their child should step on a football field. People believe that the big hits that players are dealt with are part of the game, and without the booming hits the sport wouldn 't be the as entertaining to watch. That is true, however, the results of
Most kids only care about sports, they don’t care about their learning and grades. Also, Many kids have died or had bad injuries that weren’t fixable because of sports. Why would you cause more deaths and injury, when you could ban sports which will gain more safety for students. That is why I think sports should be
Back in the day, winners were winners and losers were losers. Nowadays kids get trophies for participating. One time a nfl players son got a trophy for participating in a event and the boys dad made the kid return the trophy because he said he did not work for it.This ties in with why competitive sports are harmful because when the kid got the trophy he probably felt good about it and he also felt that he actually did something that is until the dad made him return the trophy which probably made him feel worthless and that he sucked. On the other hand some people think that competitive sports are beneficial because they teach life lessons. While they think that they are beneficial I think that competitive sports are harmful for three reasons.
For example, there is Joe Dimaggio who tried his very best to hold up his front of being a clean cut guy so that kids did not start smoking. Some athletes take being a role model very seriously because they know kids are easily influenced. Thousands of kids have been taken out the ghettos by role models that are athletes. These kids go on to join the NBA, NFL, NPSL, or other large professional leagues. Athletes will tell the press over and over again who their favorite athlete was growing and how that inspired them to be like their athlete.