A new Kia ad illustrates the problems with participation trophies in an entertaining way.
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.
The lunch box shown here was banned from a school recently for depicting a violent image. Do you see anything violent here?
The letter the parents received is here:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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/
Here’s another like-minded article about the same attitudes I’ve written…