I overheard this comment on the weekend which bears repeating.
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“Junior sport isn’t dying, its been murdered, slaughtered by over competitive players, parents and officials with one aim each Saturday or Sunday, to win at all costs.”
This win at all costs attitude is adopted at the expense of ALL players in the team being afforded the opportunity to contribute.
Naturally, all players can’t contribute at the same level, but they should at least be given a chance.
Someone has to sit on the sideline at league, soccer or netball.
Someone has to bat last, bowl just the single over, play the last five minutes, sometimes even the last minute.
This someone shouldn’t be the same girl or boy each week, especially when the teams are lopsided and the result is known very early on.
Not to mention the expense to the parent who has gone out and purchased new equipment so the child is not at a disadvantage or reliant on borrowing another players much prized possessions.
It's not the best use of family finances if it's only getting used at training, although the child that turns up religiously to training may actually be getting more use out of it, although that's hardly the point.
Another comment I often hear is that the parent does the 'drop and run', leaving their child for four to five hours to go make better use of their time.
On the flip side you have the parent that settles in to support their child only to watch them miss out repeatedly, heartbroken that their passion and spirit is dissipating week after week, right before their eyes.
Sports officials that run the clubs and teams have a responsibility to develop all of their players, not just bask in the glory of the ones who have the natural ability to kick a ball or hold a bat better than others.
No, junior sport isn't dying - it's being slaughtered.
I raised this issue previously but following the High Court decision last week which found Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash, among others, were ineligible to serve in the Federal Parliament I thought it worth mentioning again.
How could they not know?
As I said before, a simple Google search would’ve revealed to them they were not eligible.
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