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Should all children receive a trophy or medal in sporting ev

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Mark Haskell

on 15 November 2013

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Should all children receive a trophy or medal in sporting events even if they lose?
A child receiving medals or trophies for participation during sporting events has been a debatable topic for several reasons but what does it really do to children? The question posed is whether children should receive a medal or trophy or whether they should not after sporting events, win or lose. Some say giving them participation awards doesn’t teach them winning or losing, but at what age does that become un-necessary? Whether or not it is acceptable people always have their own opinions.
In today's society...
Today, participation trophies and prizes are almost a given, as children are constantly assured that they are winners. What is this really saying to our children? It doesn’t matter if you win or lose; you will receive a trophy or medal. In today’s society almost all sports for younger children have participation trophies or medals, so children always get something out of their sport. For younger children under 5's for example, participation medals keep them involved
and wanting to continue to play.
Today’s kids are growing up in an unrealistic world where everyone goes home with a trophy, a medal or a ribbon for just showing up and doing nothing particularly special. Sports teams are passing out so many tokens of acknowledgment that this culture is over-rewarding kids. What happens when these kids don’t get into the college of their dreams? Will they be able to manage this loss? What happens when these kids start their first jobs? Are they going to expect a raise just for showing up?
Approximately 80% of people surveyed said that children should be receiving a participation medal if they are under the age of 10. Children over 10 are old enough to deal with loss if they are taught the right way by parents and coaches. Medals or trophies get them involved and makes them proud of their accomplishments of staying with the sport for the season. Children that young should receive some sort of small trophy or medal so that they don't end up upset when the other team wins something. Around 72% of people agreed that children should receive medals or trophies, as long as the actual winners receive a larger trophy to acknowledge their win.
Finishing Up...
In conclusion, from a non-biased view, the survey conducted showed that majority of the people surveyed agreed with children receiving trophies or medals only if there is an age gap. There are too many effects that it can have on children that can affect their future. If children always receive a trophy or medal for just participation they will get tired of it, and they may quit because they know they aren’t as talented as some of the other kids, making them feel bad. As cool as trophies or medals are, not all children want one for doing nothing.

So.. What do you think? Should children receive a medal or trophy for participation or not?
For or Against participation awards?
20% of the surveyed population disagreed with the statement of participation medals, arguing that "If children receive trophies or medals even for losing, they wont learn to lose, because they must learn that they don't always get rewards for everything they do." Some of the kids don't care so they will put in minimum amounts of effort in the game, and laugh at their disobedience. If we give them a medal they wouldn't improve, this act would just encourage them to make no improvement and act badly knowing that they would get rewarded anyway. Losing teaches them that they do need to work to receive rewards, and that they don't just appear on their doorstep. Almost 30% of people said that only the winners should receive a large trophy for their success, recognizing their accomplishments, teaching the children that lost need to work hard, or work harder to win.
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Are you For or Against?
Many people believe children should receive medals or trophies after sporting events, no matter the score. Saying that win or lose, the children should receive something for effort. But just as many people are against this, and say that the children won't learn to lose in sport, and can make them a bad sportsman. So ask yourself, are you for or against? Through a survey conducted at my local tennis club, i posed the question: Should all children receive a trophy or medal in sporting events even if they lose?
By the age of 4 or 5, children aren’t fooled by all the trophies. They are surprisingly accurate in recognizing who succeeds and who struggles. Those who are beaten know it and give up, while those who exceed feel cheated when they aren’t recognized for their accomplishments, may too give up. When children pick up on this, they can feel cheated because they are only getting a trophy or medal out of pity. This can give them a feeling worse than losing itself, and cause them to quit and not return.
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Or were you in the middle?
Surprisingly, 0% of the people surveyed said that they were unsure of whether or not children should receive medals or trophies even for losses. Whether or not it was because there were too many factors to consider, or if they just didn't care either way.
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