What troubles me most about today’s youth sports culture is that children are not the primary focus.
We’ve all had fun playing sports and watching our children play. We know the positives. But we can’t ignore the dark side: the pressure, the bullying, the elitism, the lack of playfulness, and the stifling of creativity.
They play to have fun, make friends, develop skills, and discover their own creativity, but too often we see children enact and mimic adult-sanctioned or tolerated behavior on the field of play.