It seems our country has evolved into an "everyone's a winner" society.
I'm talking mainly about kid sports.
See, I have a friend who was a coach for a 1st and 2nd graders soccer team. They DIDN'T win one game during the season, yet at the end she had trophies to hand out to each of her kids.
And Sassy's softball league. Well, they decided to split the 8U division into A and B groups ~ 6 teams in A, 6 teams in B. Why? So there would be double the amount of Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists and of course, EVERYONE would receive a medal just for participation.
Is this necessary.
Do our kids REALLY NEED these medals and trophies?
Do they need to be rewarded just for signing up?
Or, would NOT receiving them make them want it more the next year. Perhaps a little goal setting and a little extra effort put forth (you know, maybe wanting to play catch or kick the ball with someone instead of sitting in front of the TV or some sort of video game).
What do you think?
Should kids always get medals and trophies regardless of the season outcome or are we just promoting a "we are all winners and there are no losers" mentality? Is this a bad mentality?
Help me out,
WHAT DO YOU THINK?