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Elite Teams And Too Much Winning

Elite Teams And Too Much Winning

The brain and its dendrite, cells used for communication are becoming more and more toxic. The solution, make sure your child has manners, make sure whenever possible you look for the best environment for your child that has thoughtful positive role models.

 This pertains to teams your children play on as well. It may not be their “in thing” or cool and proper to say no to the elite, triple “A” team, but your child’s brain, and your child will thank you in the years to come.

More and more of these teams are being formed with an “elite” status in mind. They are not elite in terms of talent by any means. They have two or three kids that are better than the rest. For the most part, they have been told they are elite so that extra money and status are being expected.

The consequences are severe. A false sense of entitlement appears. Teams load up on players to win tournaments so that they can attract more and more pay for pay players.

One real problem that is becoming more and more prevalent is putting a team in a lower division to win. When winning a game, the idea is to run up the score. It is not enough to beat the other team by a certain score. What is needed, desired, and sometimes required is a beat down. 

The goal of the organization run by people who are as concerned with keeping their status and position in a group, is to make sure a team’s beats another team by a bigger score than any other team. This allows the organization to get into better tournaments and hopefully attract better players whose parents will pay more money to ensure their child is in the “right” place in their status driven drive to keep up with “Joneses.

My philosophy, which I share through speaking events, my books and consulting practice, is to let kids just play.  Being an elite athlete at at young age is no guarantee for success at the High School, College or Professional level.  In fact, the risk of injury makes it less likely.  If your organization is too aggressive and you feel like your child is not getting the opportunity to play, contact us and we can try to work with the coaches involved.

Written by : Jennifer