Sportsmanship: has it gone too far?

The character of sports is changing. With so much emphasis on sportsmanship, young athletes may miss the point of sports: Winning. Winning is everything and losing, well, it's embedded in the word "loser."

Many youth sports leagues around the country are making parents sign a code of ethics that insist that parents make only positive statements during games. Can you believe it?! These namby-pambies are asking that parents put the well being of their kids first and ahead of a desire to win. Real men sire children to bring home the glory on the field of battle; Otherwise why bother having kids?

If this movement is not uprooted, I can envision a day when a game would be seen as fun and not the gut-wrenching experience that it should be. Before you know it, players on opposing teams might like each other or even encourage each other: Ridiculous, I say. Under this thinking games could end up with winners acting gracious in their triumph and losers, respected, would walk of the field feeling good.

As parents, if you go along with this, know that you may eliminate an entire class of great athletes. Where will the next spoiled superstar come from? Under this sissified system prominent athletes will never have the chance to emerge, as they would be changed or eliminated from play under this utterly un-American idea. If anything, kids today need to be toughened up. Here are some suggestions that might help to get you kids' heads straight about winning, and remember: Winning is everything.

To teach the right attitude about soccer, if your kid is slacking, when they come to the sideline, tie their shoes together. When they complain just tell them, "You brought it on yourself." In baseball, if they are right handed, make them use their left to catch, throw and bat. When they complain tell them, "Listen, mister, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

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