Are Youth Sports Evil?

Very interesting article – see if you agree

Little League is immoral.

And, furthermore, all youth sports are bad for our kids and nearly every team our children play on is run by criminals.

If you were exposed to enough coverage this week in the wake of the Jackie Robinson West scandal, you couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the demonization of sports.

It’s not the first time. It will not be the last.

This pops up every now and then, and we should neither be surprised by the disgraceful behavior of a few nor the absurd overreaction by those who have never understood the benefits of sports in the lives of young people.,200&eid=61619403&bid=1013608

The Race to Nowhere In Youth Sports

“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking engagements. “It was a nightmare. My son kept getting yelled at by both coaches as we left one game early to race to a game in the other sport. He hated it.”

“I know,” said another. “My 10 year old daughter’s soccer coach told her she had to pick one sport, and start doing additional private training on the side, or he would give away her spot on the team.”

Spending Big On Kids’ Sports? You’re Not Alone

Over the past 10 years, Alison and Scott Bermack have traveled hundreds of miles—and spent thousands of dollars—to attend gymnastic practices, workouts and tournaments with their son Zachary, now 16.

“It averages around $300 a month, year-round for training and that’s not including airfare, hotel rooms and food, uniforms and event fees,” said Alison, a 44-year-old freelance writer with two other children.