March 15, 2010
Chapter 5 is about kids and sport and how it all originated for kids in sports. Around the latter half of the 19thcentury it was believed that it would help children build character and become more mature. Organized sports have grown greatly over the past five years, now that children are more encouraged to participate in sports to stay active. There is also five things that are considered relevant to the growth of organized sports and it is mainly due to parents encouraging and wanting their children to go have fun and experience new things, also it was seen as a way to keep their children out of trouble and not have to worry about what they are doing outside of school and outside of the house. Also youth sports have become significantly more available because of privatized places offering leagues to play on and the growth of places for kids to play sports and parents are more concerned with their children participating in activities and keeping them physically fit. For children to get better at sports it is believed that they must have fun while playing the sport, which will cause them to want to learn more and become a better player at the sport. Another big thing for sports to keep going is sponsorship from companies and government which keeps the sports for children to play cheap and also it leads to more opportunities to play sports because of a low cost to play.
Now days many organizations for training are being created for players to come to and possibly become elite players so that when they get to high school they can compete well and possibly land a scholarship offer to participate in NCAA sports. There has also been a major increase in the popularity of alternative and action sports, such as skateboarding, bmx and dirt biking and also pickup games have become a popular thing over the past years becoming more popular for children to participate in.
Soccer Soccer is a great sport that has influenced nations. Millions gather to watch skilled athletes compete in a game of soccer. It is an international sport, so popular that physical education programs have soccer integrated into their plans. Many local communities also have soccer organizations for youths. Soccer has an interesting history going back as far as ancient Rome and Greece. Some ...
There also has been some controversy with the grouping of organization and children of mixed ages being paired together to play on a team, some parents do not like this because they say it can give and unfair advantage to the other team or one team may not be able to compete with them because one team has all older girls giving them and unfair advantage. Also they argue how some children may not have as much fun because they do not see it as fun to play with older kids and not be able to compete with them. Lastly another big issue with kids playing sports is their access to sports. Recent studies show that children are more prone to growing up in lower class families because of the economy and it is hard for some children to be able to pay the fee because their parents cannot afford it, which the government and other funding is trying to help out these low income families to keep so that their children can participate in sports and keep them busy and not getting into trouble.
Should children of different ages be paired together in sports leagues?
Should the government fund athletic programs so that low class children can compete?
Does an athlete have to have fun in whatever sport they are playing to want to become better, or can it be forced upon them whether they like it or not?