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Youth Baseball: Keep Score Or Not To Keep Score
Over the past few years, parents around the country have started campaigns to implement no-score, non-competiitve youth sports leagues. Soccer appears on the forefront of this effort. I wonder if youth baseball leagues are next
Why are parents pushing this campaign? Is it about their political views? Is it to eliminate the exposure to compettion at an early age? Is it an attempt to deal with, or avoid, the super competitive parents? To de-emphasize winning?
I understand those involved in these campaigns feel they are doing the right thing. Trying to focus on teamwork, making friends and not stressing the importance of winning but are they going too far?
Personally, I think the movement is riduculous. No matter what you do, the kids will always keep score and be competitive and the leagues are for the kids - not the parents. My children play in a 7-9 year old competitive youth baseball league. They haven't had any trouble making friends. They're learning the meaning of teamwork and gaining very important lessons about life - there are winners and losers in every game.
It is the role of a parent to talk to their children about what happens in life. Even at the age of 7 kids understand. It's almost as if the parents supporting the no-score campaign are deferring the very basic of parenting - to teach our kids about life.
I do strongly agree with the campaign that we need to reign in over-competitive parents - but not at the expense of teaching our children the basic lessons of life.
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