I believe the trend of not keeping score at children’s sporting events is doing more harm than good. Playing team sports teaches children valuable life lessons and keeping score has a major role in teaching these lessons.
- Keeping score teaches children the benefits of hard work. If everyone receives the same reward, no matter how hard they try, it takes away the incentive to put forth their best effort.
- Failure is a fact of life and children need to learn how to lose. It’s much easier to learn the basics of overcoming defeat as a child on the playing field then as an adult in the work force.
- Children also need to learn how to win. Personality goes a long way in the world. If you are an obnoxious brat, employers will not want to keep you around. You must learn to be a gracious winner.
It’s important for children to learn these lessons and life skills before they become an adult.