The Keller Youth Football Program in Texas is putting smiles on a lot of old school faces. The football program has decided to do away with participation medals and trophies. You know, this new age crap where ‘everyone is a winner’. Yeah, that no longer exists in this youth football league in Texas. Here’s the group’s official statement from their Facebook page:
“Going forward participation medals or trophies will be going away. KYA Football board feels that giving participation medals or trophies isn’t sending our children the right message. Life does not give you a participation job or medal, life makes you earn everything you get.”
Finally, people are talking some sense about youth athletics. Everyone that participates should not get an award. We’re talking about sports, one thing in life that has clearly defined winners and losers. That’s how it works, there’s no gray area.
I grew up in the 1990s and this ‘everybody’s a winner crap’ wasn’t quite in full effect yet. Participation ribbons certainly existed, but you had earn your way up to medals and trophies. The system still recognized the real winners. The 1st place trophy was always bigger and/or flashier than the 2nd place trophy, and so forth. You knew that even though you got something for your efforts, that you still lost. That’s what builds character and makes people determined to accomplish things.
If you’re a parent that doesn’t want you child exposed to the ‘harshness’ of losing, just completely remove them from athletic competition moving forward.
Hopefully, other youth organizations around the country will follow suit and stop coddling kids. Losing is a part of life, there’s just no way around it. It’s better that kids learn that lesson sooner rather than later.