What Coaches and Parents Can Learn from the Richie Incognito ScandalNovember 7, 2013
There has been a great deal of commentary this week about the bullying scandal involving Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito. In yesterday’s online magazine Slate there appears an interesting article titled “When It’s Your Kid In The Locker Room: What Parents and Coaches Can Learn from the NFL Bullying Scandal“. I’d like to share a Camp Director’s perspective about youth sports culture, and what children can and should get out of a team sports experience.
There should be a fundamental difference between professional sports teams and organized sports activities for kids. Professional sports teams have one primary outcome in mind: to win. They make their money by winning, and everything else is a distant second. In organized sports for kids, winning shouldn’t even be in the top three goals. It feels great to win. It is fun to win, and learning to win and lose graciously is a important lesson, to be sure.