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?
By enjoying to play the game. I hated playing games where coaches focused on if we won or lost. It was just like being picked on at school which made me more hardened, hateful, and wanting to harm those who were mean to me, including dreaming about beating the coach to a pulp. Why create frustrated and hateful children by making winners or losers? I'd rather let students be nice and enjoy the ride.
Ah, well, the poliicaly correct nannies have got their fingers into all sorts of pies. Their cry is - 'we don't want to upset the poor little dears, so we'll make it so that nobody loses.' This inane policy takes away all the drive and competition out of children, and eventualy the adults they become.
Dearest friend, were hubpages to take away your badges, would you stop writing? I dare say no. You would continue to write for the love of it. It would not take away your drive or desire, would it?
I don't give a damn about petty little electronic medals, I don't write for them, I write for money, when I get copy published, it means I have won that place in the mag, I don't write to lose. I play sports/games to win.
Whatever makes you feel good. That's what it's all about. Congratulations on your published work.
I agree with you. There are winners and losers. They should watch the Olympics to see what that means. I have a problem with flower passers who dilute reality for children in order to make them feel good. That's just denial and teaching them passivity. That will get your butt kicked in some schools.
If these schools are giving out prizes just for taking part, then I don't see a problem with that because it encourages children to try and be involved. But....the prize shouldn't be the same as the winner. Trophy for number one and ribbon for trying. There needs to be an obvious difference, so they see that trying harder always gets you more. Life.
I suppose it is meant to promote positive sportsmanship and deter hatred, bullying and the too high ego. I'm sure children know that in reality one team is the winner and I'm sure the awards to each (winner-loser) are different. I am also certain that even though the losing team is also awarded a prize for participation, the winners still feel special about winning. When children are at the tender ages between 6-12, it IS a good idea to cultivate sportsmanship and solidarity. Do you see my point? After all, the point in school is LEARNING not winning a trophy.
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.
Exactly my friend. And I'm sure the award given to the losers is to enforce feeling good about taking part. You might find the following interesting:
Giving awards for losing is in no way teaching about being competative, so play the game, if you lose hard luck, you get nowt, must try harder, is the lesson of the day.
Agreed about the lesson, however, we are not talking about adults but children who must learn to compete in a positive way and become graceful losers. We're not talking about adults like yourself.
I understand your point Garifalia.
My suggestion is that part of learning how real life treats us, is learning to win graciously and lose honourably. In life, you cannot always be the winner, but at what age can that lesson be learned...
I believe if what you mentioned above is done in primary school then that's just dandy. Then in middle school and high school it should be the regular way because by then children should know how to behave in a better way whether they lose or win.
Sports primarily teaches the benefits of effort and helps instill the discipline needed to exert that effort, even in a losing cause. Certainly, humans tend to be goal directed, but the effort required to reach a specific goal is often more valuable than attaining it. If you look at collegiate athletics, for example, you will often see mismatched teams because not every team in a specific conference has the same amount of talent. And yet those kids at the "inferior" schools play their hearts out with low expectations of winning. Again, it's the discipline and effort needed for the survival of the species that is most impressive, not the numbers in the win-loss column.
The point of playing sports if there are no winners or losers is to have fun while learning something. I saw a kids baseball game that was like that. It was good for the kids that did not know what they were doing but bad for the kids that were doing well. Children should practice playing a sport before they become competitive. Once they know what they are doing they should have winners and losers.
It is better to have winners and losers. Losing helps people improve. If they have been playing the sport for more than one school year there should be winners and losers. They just need to organize the teams so they are as evenly matched as possible. While one team wins and another loses they should be taught that they are still winners if they try their best and have fun. If the point is to exercise, have fun and become better at something you can't lose if you try your best.
What do you think of my comment to hucklebury below? Not repeating the whole comment so hub doesn't get funny with me...
The coach should select players based on their ability and how hard they try so the teams are fairly evenly matched. That could mean separating the good from the not so good or having mixed teams.
If there is no winner or loser, it's not a sport. It's a hobby. Sport is competing with someone or something. Competition is one doing better than the other. Therefore, winner--- loser.
I agree, but have had painful experiences at losing sports. Those times taught me lessons, just as much as winning had other lessons.
You are right. With winning, I learned gratitude. With losing, I learned acceptance. Both huge ingredients to lead to a pretty good life.
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