A common debate nowadays is about kids sports and if they should be competitive or not. There are many sports leagues across North America changing the age for when kids sports actually keep score in their games. Many sports leagues in Canada such as North Toronto’s Soccer club are no longer keeping score in kids competitive soccer games up to the age of 12. Their reason for doing this is that it ensures nobody is upset as everybody wins, it helps develop players and produces better players in the long run. I understand that many leagues around the world don’t keep score in amateur sports games in an attempt to develop players. Although it has worked well in other countries I still believe this is one of the worst things that has happened to sports leagues today as it is hurting the kids and this is why.
Sports teaches kids valuable lessons about life which you won’t be able to experience until you mature. Some of these lessons includes the ability to cope with winning and losing, being a team player, ethics, confidence, motivation to succeed and leadership. Furthermore, if the sports leagues no longer keeps score the kids will not be motivated to perform and improve which can create bad habits in life.
Not keeping score in sports is as ridiculous as not keeping score in life. If you don’t keep score kids will never know the hard work that goes into being the best. This is the same thing for life in most cases, those who work hard will be the best at what they do. If you teach kids that winning isn’t important they could subconsciously take that out of context for the rest of their life if that’s how they grow up. This could produce kids who don’t try on the court and don’t try off the court this could potentially decrease motivation and determination amongst their generation.
Although the leagues are no longer formally keeping score and showcasing a winning team it doesn’t matter because the kids are still keeping score. Kids are competitive by nature and they join sports to win and have fun, so at the end of the day they will continue keeping score as it gives them a sense of accomplishment if they score or win a game. Give this article a read from the National Post which describes how the kids will continue to keep score.
Not keeping score is now showing that everyone is a winner in the game. But is this really a good thing? I think this might actually be hurting the kids because they are no longer able to experience how great it feels to win or score a goal or how it feels to lose a game. Losing teaches better lessons then winning I would say, as I myself have played competitive sports for many years in my life. Losing teaches children that you aren’t always going to win and next game you will have to practice and perform better. When you lose games on multiple occasions you will understand why and how you can improve. This helps decrease the likelihood a child is going to be a sore loser when they grow up because they experienced losing as a kid.
I believe that by not keeping score we are hurting the kids as we are not letting them experience how it feels to “be a kid”. We need to keep score in these games and help our kids cope with losing as well as cheering them on when the score their first “official” goal. Winning and losing isn’t the real problem, the real problem is societies lack of teaching sportsmanship, hard work and acceptance. At the end of the day if we don’t keep the score formally the kids are going to keep it themselves so why don’t you make it easier for the kids and let the kids play!