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calendar   Tuesday - January 28, 2014

There are no winners in this game. No losers either on points scored. just the children

I didn’t expect to be posting today, thought I’d be recuperating from an uncomfortable exam at the hosp. clinic.  But my fears were groundless and the lady who did the work was very good, and a credit to the Winchester hosp.  I have found a goodly number of extremely professional, caring, and friendly people here, in spite of the everyday bad news about incompetent practitioners in the NHS.  I don’t doubt there are many as there would be everywhere. But mostly the people I have encountered here are top drawer.

So, came back to house and attacked the fridge and brought food to table and started to read the following, losing my appetite in the process.

This is an old story in a remake of an older movie. In other words, although this bit of insanity has been reported before, and since not a lot has been written about it in awhile, I had no idea the monster was still alive.  My gosh how can reasonably well educated people in positions of authority, wallow in this bizarre and senseless thinking?  Here’s what I’m banging on about. Take a look.


How will youngsters learn about life if we don’t let them win (and lose) at games?

By Colin Dunne

The old boys with the crumpled ears, the knackered knees and the Mike Tindall noses will be weeping into their pints. Their game, rugby, which is possibly the last area of life where you can find Real Men, has finally been seized by the politically correct.

Surrey Rugby are insisting that their ‘mini rugby’ teams, for children aged six to 11, must be of mixed ability — no ‘A’ and ‘B’ squads here — and that any team that is winning too easily must be deliberately weakened by having better players moved elsewhere. There must be no overall winners in the junior league.

No winners? That’s right. Hence no losers either. Every game must be declared a draw. Difficult to strap your boots on with any enthusiasm for a game that has an unsatisfactory result before you even start.

You can imagine the muttering in club bars about how this, once the most manly of games, is going soft: ‘They’ll be wearing hard hats and hi-viz jackets next.’

You can see why they’re worried. Rugby has suffered some grievous blows in recent years. We old hands smiled scornfully when women and girls started playing. Then, most annoyingly, they turned out to be rather good at it.

Puritans rolled their eyes when children learning the game were encouraged to play ‘touch rugby’, which does not allow aggressively physical tackles, and then when ‘tag rugby’ was introduced, in which players have to pull a Velcro tag from the ball carrier — before playing it as a full contact sport.
And now this.

The idea behind Surrey Rugby’s new wheeze is presumably to save the kids from the psychological damage that might be caused by losing a Sunday morning game.

It’s the same thinking which lay behind the firing of Justin Byrne, an under-tens football coach in Buckinghamshire last month. Byrne appalled the boys’ parents by insisting that football was not about having fun and that he was ‘only interested in winning’.

The no-nonsense coach also said that parents who complained when their lad did not make the first team were ‘not doing their sons any favours’. Those who opposed him were ‘weak-minded’ and ‘think sport is about knitting’.

His draconian approach saw him fired four days after making the comments. Are we all going soft?

I used to coach mini-rugby and I can assure you that, in boys, the urge to win, run faster and bash harder than your mates is in the blood.

For many youngsters — and not just in rugby, but in football, cricket, pretty much any competitive sport — it’s as basic as breathing. And to try to curb a child’s natural exuberance on the playing field is, in my view, simply wrong.

Even if parents, teachers and coaches profess not to know who won and lost, who played well and who was rubbish, who scored and who didn’t, the children will know. And nothing will stop them saying so either. They like winning, and they enjoy having a little crow about it.

LOTS MORE TO READ HERE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/28/2014 at 08:57 AM   
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