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Youth Sports

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Richie Goodman

on 16 April 2013

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Richie Goodman English 1301-337 Pro/Con Assignment March 19th 2013 Youth Sports Ted Mackey was a twelfth grade student athlete at Long River High School. He was the team captain for his school's varisity football team. Long River High School had a game against their rival school M.C Cookman High School. Ted's dad pushed his son to always be the best and brightest on the field. It was the final minute of the game, and Ted had played the most minutes amongst his fellow teammates. During Long River's final time out a decision had to be made to either keep Ted in the game or substitute him for an almost equally talented player; however, Ted's father insisted his son should play regardless of his son's physical condition. Ted entered the game and broke his spine after a being tackled during the final play. Ted never played football since the incident. Should sports programs for children and teenagers be less intense? One side of the argument believes that youth sports can be emotionally and physically damaging; however, the other side of the argument believe youth's sports teach young athletes the value of discipline and hard work. Youth sports can be emotionally and physically damaging 3.Parents are also known to be obsessive with their kid's progression. Parents can be seen shouting from the sidelines at their kids as if they were the child's coach. 1.Kids can be hurt emotionally during these sporting events. A poll was held by the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association which showed fans yelled or teased over one third of the players (Hyman and Pitcock, n.p.). 2.In like manner, kids are also prone to physical injury when participating in sporting activities.Two common injuries are concussions and broken bones. In the shared video a football player received a concussion due to a hit by another player. Youth Sports teach young athletes the value of discipline and hard work. 1.Youth Sports teaches young athletes discipline and team work. Coaches mold youths to work amongst each other to achieve a specific goal. 2.Youth Sports can boost the confidence of kids. When an athlete excel in a competition due to his performance, he or she builds self-confidence(Hyman and Pitcock, n.p.). 3.According to Martha Irvine, "Some schools in cash -strapped districts have cut back on sports and physical education"(n.p.). Therefore, after school sporting programs are in place to substitute the school's absent programs. Common Ground Between the Two Sides 1.Both sides agree that youth sports introduce a healthy lifestyle. It can lower the risk of obesity in a growing America. From the chart shown, the rate of obesity is high amongst children. 2.It is expensive having a child or children in youth sport programs. Youth sport programs expenses include travel fees, medical fees, and coaching fees. 3. Not to mention, some kids are genuinely passionate about their sport. They seek "fun" out of the sporting programs. Conclusion Place athletes in the same weight class. Here are some solutions to the problem at hand: Medical staff should be present at all times during a game. Place athletes in the same age category to prevent a younger athlete risking injury from an older athlete. Works Cited Hyman, Mark, and Nathan Pitcock. "Have Youth Sports Become Too Intense?." New York Times Upfront. 21 Feb 2011: 22. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 19 Mar 2013. Irvine, Martha. "To Parents, Youth Sports an 'Athletic Arms Race'." Lincoln Courier. 22 Nov 2012: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 19 Mar 2013. http://mogosport.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/bad-sports-parent.jpg






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