Not really an entire Zone..more of a Twilight area (chimaerandi) wrote in thequestionclub,
Not really an entire Zone..more of a Twilight area
chimaerandi
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Oh TQC

So, I just finished having a lovely conversation with my co-workers. Oh TQC:

Do you think that sports teach sportsmanship/build character/etc?

Will you put your kid (hypothetical or otherwise) in sports?

Did you do sports as a kid? Which ones?

I don't think so. I did track and cheerleading, and I don't think it did either of those things (or, to be fair, affect me negatively). I think with sports, a lot of times it becomes more about winning than anything else, and it gets really out of hand. Even with kids, you hear about parents getting out of hand, to the point of murder in some cases. Parents yell at referees that are just doing their job, or that volunteer. I'm not sure it's something I'm comfortable having my hypothetical kid in, having seen the yelling and insanity that goes on at my cousin's football games FOR EIGHT YEAR OLDS. If my kid begs, I'll probably give in, but I don't like the idea.  In professional sports, I think sportsmanship has been dead for a while. 

However, one of my co-workers sees no issue with this. She's putting her son in football come hell or high water.

ETA: Incidents of violence among parents involved in youth sports quadrupled between 2000 and 2005, according to Fred Engh, founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Youth Sports
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