Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2019 with 2 comments

It’s Holiday Time For Pete’s Sake

Everybody deserves a break. Especially during Holidays, since it is the perfect to enjoy time with loved ones, take rest and get refreshed energy to carry on for the rest of the year.

Unfortunately, some teams and youth sports athletic clubs use the Holiday break for rather intense training. They make kids practice in double shifts, longer hours ns sometimes even twin practices, morning evening, every day. Although they do not make it mandatory, a child who refuses to join, has the fear of missing out and having left behind while the whole team progresses. It is still understandable with senior kids who might have their career at stake, but with small kids, as small as nine years old, why?

The argument these clubs provide is, that it is necessary for competitiveness. This builds in pressure on young athletes who practice and play all year long. An athlete’s performance eventually reflects ion the coach’s and the club’s performance, which translates into business potential. In most clubs, coaches are incentivized based on the team’s performance, hence it becomes even more important for the coach to make kids perform well, even if it comes at a personal loss for the child.

This insanity continues, rather gets even crazier as the child grows up. Clubs tend to focus on state level, then national level and then even pro level. While this may be great for a child’s career who has talent and the potential to reach to the top. Not every player there is exceptionally skilled. There are kids who might not even get a college scholarship based on their sports performance. Why put them through the grind?

Clubs argue that until kids are trained and made to practice the game the way they do, how would you get differentiate the good players from the average ones. But what they fail to consider is, if a child really has knack for the game, it will show regardless of the grueling practice or not. Youth sports so much more than sports. It’s a great way to learn life skills like discipline, team-work, fighting spirit, accepting defeat and so much more. It is also a great way to unwind, refresh and rejuvenate. With clubs getting obsessed with practice and more practice, the very essence of youth sports is diluted.

On one end of the spectrum are clubs that give the game way more importance than it’s fair, and on the other end of the spectrum are parents who are equally desperate for their child to succeed in youth sports, aiming for a college scholarship. Kids suffer because of this insane obsession of adults around them.

Treat the game like an activity for the kids mental and physical development. Give time to the kids for living. They need to have fun, spend time with their loved ones, learn values and warmth Holidays signify. Let kids take the Holiday break, they need to, trust us.