8th Place Ribbon: A Generation of Wussies

Website, based on the book of the same name, dedicated to the prevention of the wussification of America

It’s that time of year again…

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Kia understands that people are fed up…

A new Kia ad illustrates the problems with participation trophies in an entertaining way.

 

 

Holy Over-reaction, Batman!

An 13 year old 8th Grader in Maryland is being charged with second-degree assault for kissing a girl as part of a dare.

Is this really a criminal offense now?  For boys to kiss girls?  What happened to the girls just being able to slap a boy for being too forward, or tell him to stop and go away and that be the end of it?  I understand our society has changed over the years, but this is asinine to escalate to this extreme.

Wonder Woman lunch box banned for violent image

The lunch box shown here was banned from a school recently for depicting a violent image.  Do you see anything violent here?

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The letter the parents received is here:

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I understand the need for a dress code in schools.  But to go so far as to say “the dress code we have established requests that the children not bring violent images into the building in any fashion – on their clothing (including shoes and socks), backpacks and lunchboxes. We have defined ‘violent characters’ as those who solve problems using violence. Super heroes certainly fall into that category” is stretching every possible part of the imagination to an extreme.  There are so many things wrong with this.

  1.  Are you kidding me with this?  You spend all their lives teaching the children to stand up to bullies and that they should do what’s right, but then get upset when they show their interest in one of the heroes that does that for a living?
  2.  If you are that concerned with someone wearing something offensive to school, then institute a school uniform.  Make it known publicly beforehand and then anyone who chooses to attend your school is aware of your intentions to snuff out the individualism and creativity of their children.
  3.  While I understand that we don’t want offensive material plastered all over our children’s chests at school, I think there should be some common sense implied by all parties responsible for implementing rules.  Sure, it’s a judgement call, but I think the judgements are pretty easy when it comes to children’s t-shirts.  If they’re wearing a Batman shirt, they’re good.  If they’re wearing a Joker shirt, they’re still good.  If they’re wearing a shirt that has Freddy Krueger on it, they’re still good….seems a bit extreme for younger kids, but it’s a movie.  if they wear a shirt that says “F* the Police”, that’s a message.  That needs to be dealt with.  If they’re wearing a Nazi swastika, they’re showing support for not only a violent leader but a violent mentality.  Needs to be dealt with.  If they’re wearing a confederate flag, while some make claims to it’s “heritage” being non-violent, it is still considered by many as a symbol of violence and oppression.  Send them home to change.  But at the same time, if they wear a Dukes of Hazzard t-shirt in with the General Lee on it, it should be ok.  It’s a silly television show about rednecks who have chases much like the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.  It’s silly to say that anyone wearing one is promoting a violent mentality.  But then again, I guess by the standards outlined in the letter above, the Road Runner wouldn’t be allowed on a shirt or lunch box either.

Why is our society so severely lacking in common sense and good judgement?  Because we have become the United States of the Offended.  Not only does everyone get an award, but if something bothers you, we’ll just ban it.  If we sit and brainstorm with some other radicals and come up with every possible solution and outcome (totally millions of scenarios) and if even one of those ends with someone being remotely discontent, then we’ll ban it in anticipation of your being offended.  Maybe this is why most depictions of the future in movies either have us in a post-apocalyptic world like The Book of Eli, The Mad Max Series or The Postman, where people are just trying to survive with what they can find.  Or they have us all in clothes that match like Demolition Man or any of the Star Trek series.  Because we’re headed for one extreme or the other, with the way things are going.  We’re either going to kill each other or be so compliant that we lose all self identity.

You can see more coverage of the lunch box story at:

http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/08/31/school-reportedly-bans-little-girls-violent-wonder-woman-lunchbox

25 ways to increase good sportsmanship – on and off the field

So many of these are great lessons that every athlete and parent need to learn!  Great article by USA Football.  We had the pleasure of attending a USA Football camp a few years ago and it was amazing.  Great organization.

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http://usafootball.com/blogs/football-parents/post/10301/25-ways-to-increase-good-sportsmanship-%E2%80%93-on-and-off-the-field

James Harrison returns his children’s participation trophies

I can’t get enough of this story.  This is beautiful in my opinion.  I have been working hard on social media all day to cover this and blanket the internet with my book.  I did manage to get a mention on The Bert Show this morning as a result of my efforts.  I only hope that more parents and leagues will take this philosophy to heart and change this mentality that I believe is plaguing our youth.

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http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/08/james-harrison-giving-back-his-kids-participation-trophies-because-they-didnt-earn-them

 

HBO’s Real Sports – Episode 220: Trophy Culture

Finally a National Spotlight on the issues I’ve been writing about the past couple of years!  Bernard Goldberg digs into the ramifications of giving out trophies to every child.  Here is a great little interview on the Rich Eisen show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5MvnH8e_hM

The entire Real Sports Episode 220: Trophy Culture deals with the topic.  Experts are weighing in, and they agree with me!  I am attempting to reach out to Mr. Goldberg and Rich Eisen both to discuss it further if possible.

Interesting viewpoint on how to combat over-enthusiastic parents

As I discussed in my book, sometimes the worst part of youth sports are the parents.  The kids are great.  They do what they’re told, unless they have someone bending their ear on the sideline, in the car, at the house, etc.  Check it out over at CNN

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/08/opinions/robbins-kids-sports-games/

Daddy Ball: What it is and how to avoid it

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This is a great little article about Daddy Ball and how to avoid it.  Now, I disagree with their first method of avoidance (which was avoiding a team where the coach’s kid is bad), but overall, this is a fine read on the topic.

I feel that they summed up the entire phenomenon that is Daddy Ball with the line “… perception is also reality here.  Daddy Ball exists if parents think it does — it’s that simple.

It is truly a shame that leagues don’t protect against this sort of thing.  While a lot of the blame still falls squarely on the coach himself/herself.  As I discussed at length in my book, the first time I had a parent question my son’s position/playing time I stepped away from coaching his team.  I hadn’t done anything wrong, but I didn’t want that perception out there.  What kind of self-respecting coach does?  The answer is:   A Selfish One.

Certainly not a good coach.  Good coaching would have prevented it from happening to begin with.

Enjoy the article:  http://spiderselite.com/2015/06/16/daddy-ball/

The “Entitlement Generation”

Here’s another like-minded article about the same attitudes I’ve written…

http://addins.kwwl.com/blogs/anchormom/2015/04/the-entitlement-generation

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KWWL’s Anchor Mom write about what she calls The “Entitlement Generation”

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