Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Let's Put the 'Youth' Back in Youth Sports

by - Ken Reed Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
The fall is a busy time of year for youth sports. If you take a short drive on a weekday evening -- or just about any time during a weekend -- within a few miles you're sure to find boys and girls playing soccer, football, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and undoubtedly, a few sports I've left out. It's a joy to watch kids running around and having fun playing sports. Especially on a beautiful fall day.

However, the problem with these games is there are too many adults who bring their egos to the fields of play. Virtually every youth sports league is plagued by adults who are pathologically focused on winning. Yes, the majority of parents and coaches keep youth sports in perspective but it only takes a few adults -- especially coaches -- to ruin the sports experience for a bunch of kids.

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