The do-gooders are at it again in this Nanny State we live in.
Some panel of idiots have decided that we will no longer be doing any scoring, awards or finals for the kids in under age Aussie Rules footy There will be no ladders, match results or representative teams under the new ruling.
We will not have any scoreboards at the game either – the boofheads who decided this think the kids won’t know who has won and who the best players were.
WHAT A LOAD OF BOLLOCKS!
It seems we can’t let little Johnny get upset if his team loses or if he doesn’t get a medal at the end of the year. Learning to lose is probably more important for the junior boys and girls than learning to win and we do this by letting the kids experience both.
Striving for excellence often begins with finishing second.
Many years ago I played in an under 11’s junior footy team where we did not win a game all year but it did not deter me from the contest the following week.
I recently coached a junior cricket team that only won 2 games for the year but every kid turned up to training each week and loved playing the game every Saturday.
Do we have to wrap up our babies in cotton wool forever? Already tackling has been taken out of junior footy in a lot of competitions which may or may not be a good thing for the little kids but but taking the prize away from them is just ridiculous and does not teach any life skills to our children. Life is full of winning and losing and what better place than a sporting club to get kids accustomed to life’s disappointments of finishing second and striving to finish first.
Has this ridiculous ruling been brought in to curb the feral parents at the game who are more obssesed with the result of the contest than the kids are? (I have seen plenty of feral parents at junior footy first hand). Will taking the scoring and the result away really improve the behaviour of the red neck parent? Will it really make the kids happy at the end of the game/season?
I think not.
Kids love talking about the game, who won and lost and who the best players were.
Perhaps we should take away scoring, awards and premierships at senior AFL level too so the Poor ol’ Footscray supporters can finally have something to smile about.