Are coaches stepping down in your state? Jun 28, 2021 8:58:41 GMT -6 coachcb, mhs99, and 4 more like this
Post by coachd5085 on Jun 28, 2021 8:58:41 GMT -6
I think that is such an under-discused part of youth/HS athletics AND I think it has been magnified greatly by youth/travel ball.
I never really thought about it in these terms before, but I am now quite positive that kids become so enamored with all of the "trappings" of these fancy youth sports clubs/travel ball teams (the fancy uniforms, bags, warm up gear, rings, travel, etc) that competing in the sport becomes secondary to those things. This becomes problematic for them and for coaches as they get older because now it has become the expectation of players and parents (insert eyeroll) to have all of glitz.
The "fun" in youth sports is being shifted from playing the sport and competing to all of the other aspects they see.
Just spent Saturday at an AAU track meet. Watched an 8 year old run the 100m with sunglasses, necklace, armsleeves etc in 23.35 (for reference the slowest qualifying time for the 8 year old Junior Olympics from this region was 15.63 and there was a 6 year old who ran 17.78). Obviously my issue isn't that the young guy is slow, but it is that his parents/coach whoever is essentially having him play dress up like an Olympian in the pursuit of his fun. Just like older generations might have done by wearing their favorite Roger Staubach or Terry Bradshaw or Archie Manning Jersey. The difference being those generations played dress up in the front yard and there was a clear division between actual contact football and yard football.
For this athletes, the adults are trying to make it "fun" with all of the added stuff which essentially replaces the actual sport as the source of pleasure for the kids.