Kids sports – not pro..
Written by: Brittani Rose
Ok so here is my big rant today! What is up with some of these little kids sports?
I talked to someone the other day whose 4 year old’s t-ball team has practices 6 days a week. They had 8 games in their first weekend of the season and they sometimes don’t get notified of games until 3 hours before a game!! We would be shamed out of business for that sort of approach to our sport!!!
These are KIDS!! They are not professional players
They are developing their motor skills, balance, strength, coordination, teamwork, discipline and much more. They are still practicing all these things at the beginner level.
Doesn’t it seem a bit harsh to everyone involved? Parents, kids, coaches, to expect them to treat it like its nearly a full time career at 8 years old?
It leaves parent’s in a horrible position!
Most Oklahoma parents don’t want their kids to quit things easy. They want them to have to finish what they started. Which makes it exceptionally hard when faced with some of the demands some of these little league sports leagues put on parents that many aren’t able to meet without sacrificing half their own lives and already established routines!
We would never do that, that is why the brand is #teammate
I know their cheaper than sports like ours, but where is the value?
Most little league sports dues and gear may not total out as much as 4 months of martial arts. I understand that, but what I’m talking about is the value.
Which looks better on a college application or job resume? 5 years of baseball, or 5 years of martial arts? If you were hiring, which would intrigue you more about the persons character, work ethic, and discipline.
I’m not knocking baseball, my husband played.
What I am saying is how many coaches are out there hitting home on the values sports are supposed to teach us each and every day?
That is what we do, my husband and I spent YEARS of study and practice developing the core value kids live skill development programs we teach DAILY while we coach martial arts.
Is it teaching care?
There are great coaches in any sport out there teaching great values and true compassion. At some point we have to ask ourselves if how we organize and approach our little league sports is not only reflecting those values of discipline and sportsmanship, but is it truly reinforcing it in a way the kids can understand?
In martial arts, no one sits on the bench.
We believe in teamwork and being a great #teammate, not just within the team, but with each players families and how they relate to their peers as well.
That is what sports SHOULD ALL be teaching!
Don’t be that coach that parent’s think don’t care about your players! Don’t be so obsessed with the game that you miss the point of what you’re doing! If you only care about the game, go coach at a more professional level, don’t coach the kids.