The world of youth sports has gotten crazy. Check out the below link to “The Price of Youth Sports” from Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO.
This topic reminds me of another article by Mike Boyle called “Prepare the Child for the Path.” This article was derived from a quote he uses: “Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.”
We as parents won’t always be there to pave the way for our children. Constantly insulating kids from difficult situations and consistently cleaning up the mess they create defeats the purpose of sport. We need youth sports to help teach kids about success and about failure. The failure lessons may be more important than the successes. We can’t let youth sports be all about success and scholarships instead of learning and sportsmanship. Children will learn what they live. Teach hard work, commitment, loyalty, and dedication. The key is to value education.