To Be, or Not to Be……

involved in sports, that is….

Spring has Sprung

I don't watch organized sports. I don't watch football, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, hockey, ice skating, bowling or even ping pong. I live in the Deep South too, so when people find out that I don't watch sports , they act like I just said I don't believe in Jesus. Cause here in the South, it's kind of the same thing. You know you go to your respective places of worship on Sunday morning, and then you go to your homes to support your other objects of worship on Sunday afternoon. I'm not knocking sports, per se, I guess I just don't "get" it. The whole idea of it. People go out in the cold, the rain, the heat, and among HUGE crowds of maniacs who are either drinking, overstuffed with tailgate food, or both. They pay exorbitant amounts of money to watch grown men pummel one another and slap each other's behinds. And if their team doesn't do well, they raise one another's blood pressure by screaming at the ref or the opposing team.

We got our fill of organized sports when our oldest son decided he wanted to play soccer. He started when he was 4 , and for the first two years he got excellent coaches. The third year he also had an excellent coach, but the attitudes of the parents and the other coaches just blew us out of the water. Keep in mind these were 7 and 8 year old kids. Here is a sampling of the ranting we heard during just one game. A parent from the opposing team in regards to my child "Run him over! Kick him while he's down! Kick the ball out of his hands!" From the opposing coach to one of the other players "What's wrong with you? Can't you do anything right?" One of the other parents to the ref, "Are you stupid? What kind of a call is that?" From several people, parents, and coaches, "Ya'll can do so much better than that. That' s just lousy playing. What do you want to be, a bunch of losers?"…….and on , and on it went.

When your seven year old tells you that he doesn't want to play anymore because it's scary instead of fun, or asks you why grown ups are acting that way, it's time to reconsider the world of organized sports. We decided that there are enough negative events impacting our children as it is. So now if they want to play ball, they just go out side and play with each other. No bad sportsmanship allowed. I guess there are probably quite a few people who think I'm denying my kids a valuable learning experience, but the question is "Are those REALLY the types of lessons I want them to learn?"

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