I came across this blog via twitter. I thought that it would spark debate on how youth sports league should be run.
My take on this:
People reward mediocrity, not hard work that leads to an even greater rewards like knowing how to win, acquire essential skills needed to play soccer in the next level, etc. I feel that youth sports league in general needs to work on developing kids the proper way to play the game of sports so they can use that basic foundation to better themselves as an athlete and learn about themselves as a person through hard work/effort.
By the same token, I do understand the need to play everybody but I do not agree on letting people score to feel good about themselves. I absolutely hate the participation certificate or trophy because it does nothing for me other than the fact that I played in the league. What happens if the kids are 18 or plus year old and out in the real world? You don’t get a trophy for being part of the company.