I've never heard of the Keller Youth Association before Wednesday and I didn't even know where it was on the map. Now I know it's in Texas and now I wish every Youth Association in the country was more like them. The league and it's board made the decision to do away with awarding trophies to every kid who plays. What a novel concept. I couldn't agree with this decision more than I do. Somewhere along the way, for a reason I cannot comprehend, youth leagues around the country and right here in metro Detroit have adopted the idea that "every kid should get a trophy" "there are no losers, everybody wins." Some league's don't even keep score! I think that type of mindset is a major reason why kids feel a sense of entitlement and for the most part, whether this is an unpopular statement or not, are soft. With that type of culture there is no reason to work harder, the drive to succeed next time is nonexistent and it teaches kids is how to become complacent. What in the world are we trying to teach our kids? Is that the message we want to send?
I think lost in all of this, is that learning how to lose, is every bit as important is learning how to win. Sports can serve as the most impactful learning tools for life if the adults in the room would let it. I played a lot of sports when I was a kid, as did most of you who are reading this. Was it so bad to lose a game? Didn't it fuel you to do better next time?
Being on a sports team is no different from being in the classroom and I wish more would think of it like that. Just because a kid shows up to school everyday does that mean he or she should get an "A"? NO. Heaven-forbid a teacher give a kid a "C" these days. I'm sure there are some out there who would fault the teacher for not doing his or her job instead teaching the child that they need to work harder in class. The bottom line is this, every kid should not get an "A" for going to school everyday and every kid should not get a trophy for showing up to a game or practice. Learning how to lose and comeback from failure is every bit as important as what one learns from winning.