Ok...Here goes again.....
I'm going to take a little time to get on my soap box today.
When did the change happen that we no longer compete to win, but yet we starting playing so everyone can be equal and nobody ever loses. I am so tired of going to watch my nieces and nephews play ball, ages 5-15, just to hear about how its not fair. This team is better or that team is better and we need to move kids from team to team so it can be equal and fair. BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!
I competed in sports from the time I was in kindergarten until college. When I played it was always to win. We practiced more than the other teams to be better and to WIN. Now a days, we don't keep score cause we don't want to make anyone feel inferior or heaven forbid LOSE.
I think it is very important that if we are going to put children we allow them to understand the glory of winning and also the disappointment of losing. Now when we lose over and over and over again...be it because we are in a district that is over our skill level it is said to be a "character building experience" but the same program that wants to build character will take the younger programs and mix up the teams in the middle of the year because one of the teams is better than the other. You know what, when you practice, you become better than the other teams...why would you penalize the children for that.
I am 100% against the idea of competing to be FAIR...don't get me wrong, I think rules are in place to be followed, but you cannot change them from week to week to give others an advantage. And you cant very well say on one level that loosing is a character building experience and its not on another level. FREAKING PICK ONE ALREADY. Is it only character building if you are 15?
I could go on and on with this all day long. In my opinion we should always keep score, we should strive to be the best, and always want to win, if NOT we are wasting our time and should no compete at all.