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What is the point of playing sport if there are no winners or losers?


I've recently heard that schools have sports days in which prizes are awarded to all children, just for taking part. What is the point of that? Children need to learn that in life, there are winners and there are losers... in college, sport, life, business. Surely, it is better that kids are prepared for this reality, rather than brushing the harsh reality under the carpet?

 

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    Garifalia 5 years ago

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    grumpiornot 5 years ago

    What do you think of my comment to hucklebury below? Not repeating the whole comment so hub doesn't get funny with me...


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    grumpiornot 5 years ago

    I agree, but have had painful experiences at losing sports. Those times taught me lessons, just as much as winning had other lessons.


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    grumpiornot 5 years ago

    I wonder to what degree the coaches of younger kids have grown more responsible, especially for the less successful, reluctant sportspeople are.

    I imagine that some kids want to just enjoy, while others want to compete. Room for both types?

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    grumpiornot 5 years ago

    It seems there must be a way to make it less harsh for the losers. But that softness cannot overlook reality and shelter kids.

    Real life lessons can be learned through sport, and sometimes, those lessons will hurt a bit.

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    MickS 5 years ago

    Yes, aspects of learning are learning how to be competative and in so doing learning the laws of how things are done without cheating, competivness does not mean win at all costs.


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    grumpiornot 5 years ago

    Possibly the less sports-inclined kids can enjoy the game, while the natural athletes can be tested against each other.

    Should coaches play a role in this by selecting which kids follow which route?