Your Kid’s Not Going Pro

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Everything that’s wrong with sports

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My 6-year-old son’s bowling league ended last weekend. And everybody got a trophy.

If that makes you mad, just wait until you hear his T-ball team doesn’t keep score. Mark Durm does not approve.


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  1. I know what you mean–in my 6 year old son’s soccer program, every kid gets a trophy, too. Worst part is, it makes him all proud of himself and motivated to keep at it. When will it end??

    Dan Janzen

    April 23, 2009 at 11:35 am

  2. My biggest problem with everybody getting a trophy isn’t the philosophy of it. It’s the way they clutter up the house. For my 11-year-old’s 7th- and 8th-grade league, the kids had the choice of getting a trophy (this is only a four-team rec league after all) or a sweatshirt with their uniform number on it. It was 8-0 for the sweatshirt, thankfully.


    April 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

  3. Hey, I didn’t tell you to have four sports-loving kids.

    Dan Janzen

    April 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm

  4. Although some of these leagues don’t officially keep score, you know that the kids and their parents do! I remember one kid on one of my oldest son’s team who really wanted to know his own stats. So before one game, he wheels his grandmother into the gym (she was wheelchair bound), hands her a pen and paper, and makes her keep track of his scoring and rebounds. His and my son’s team really blew out the other team, so the poor grandma was really busy. I asked my son how much he scored, and he said he stopped counting after 20.


    April 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm

  5. Jeff:

    Thanks for coming by!

    Yeah, the kids usually know the score. The reason for no-score leagues, I believe, is to keep the parents quiet. If there’s no score, they can’t get caught up in the competition.

    By the way, the bowling league indeed did keep score. However, the kids didn’t care so much about wins and losses. They just wanted to make sure they had a round of fries by the start of the second game.


    April 23, 2009 at 11:15 pm

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