Canuck libs raise a generation of losers

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Canuck libs raise a generation of losers
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 6:34am

It's no wonder we have to fight their battles for them...

"Win a soccer game by more than five points and you lose, Ottawa league says'

"In yet another nod to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa children’s soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default.

The Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer league’s newly implemented edict is intended to dissuade a runaway game in favour of sportsmanship. The rule replaces its five-point mercy regulation, whereby any points scored beyond a five-point differential would not be registered.

Kevin Cappon said he first heard about the rule on May 20 — right after he had scored his team’s last allowable goal. His team then tossed the ball around for fear of losing the game.

He said if anything, the league’s new rule will coddle sore losers.

“They should be saying anything is possible. If we can get five goals really fast, well, so can the other team,” said Kevin, 17, who has played in the league for five years. “People grow in adversity, they don’t really get worse…. I think you’ll see more leadership skills being used if a losing team tries to recuperate than if they never got into that situation at all.”

Kevin’s father, Bruce Cappon, called the rule ludicrous.

“I couldn’t find anywhere in the world, even in a communist country, where that rule is enforced,” he said.

Mr. Cappon said the organization is trying to “reinvent the wheel” by fostering a non-competitive environment. The league has 3,000 children enrolled ranging in age from four to 18 years old.

“Everybody wants a close game, nobody wants blowouts, but we don’t want to go by those farcical rules that they come up with,” he said. “Heaven forbid when these kids get into the real world. They won’t be prepared to deal with the competition out there.”

Paul Cholmsky, whose four- and six-year-old boys play in the league, said the intended goal of a default-lose rule might backfire in teaching life skills.

“If there’s one team that’s consistenly dominant and one team that’s not, well, that’s life,” he said.

Mr. Cholmsky said he would be in favour of temporarily handicapping a team, for example reducing the number of players on the field, over ensuring a team loss for a high score differential.

According to the league’s new rules, coaches of stronger teams are encouraged to deter runaway games by rotating players out of their usual positions, ensuring players pass the ball around, asking players to kick with the weaker foot, taking players off the field and encouraging players to score from farther away.

Club director Sean Cale said he is disappointed a few parents are making the new soccer rule overshadow the community involvement and organizing the Gloucester club does.

“The registration fee, rergardless of the sport, does not give a parent the right to insult or belittle the organization,” he said. “It gives you a uniform, it gives you a team.”

Mr. Cale said the league’s 12-person board of directors is not trying to take the fun out of the game, they are simply trying to make it fair. The new rule, suggested by “involved parents,” is a temporary measure that will be replaced by a pre-season skill assessment to make fair teams.

“The board is completely volunteer-run and we do the best that we can to provide a good, clean, fun soccer experience for everyone,” he said.

Although parents are fuming, he said the commotion is coming from “about 1% of the parents.”"


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Registered: 11-27-2009
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 7:44am
This has to be the most extreme example
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Registered: 05-27-2010
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 9:21am

Isn't it sad that sportsmanship is so one sided?

Isn't it important to learn to be a gracious winner AND a gracious loser? Even when you get your behinds kicked? IMO, losing builds character in children.

Good grief!

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 11:59am

Yes it is.

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Registered: 02-14-2010
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 12:03pm


This is another example of punishing those who excel/perform. Anyone doing 'too good' must be punished.

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Registered: 05-27-2010
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 12:13pm

(Anyone doing 'too good' must be punished.)

LOL! Does that remind you of anyone? ;-)

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Registered: 02-14-2010
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 3:08pm
You know, it kind of does...
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Registered: 02-01-2010
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 3:38pm
Sounds just like Obama's "share the wealth" mentality.
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Registered: 02-01-2010
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 3:41pm

Obama: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money”

Via News Alert and Breitbart TV, consider this Share the Wealth 2010. Barack Obama went off the TelePrompter in his speech to a Quincy, Illinois audience about Wall Street reform. After saying that Democrats don’t begrudge success that’s “fairly earned,” Obama then ad-libs — and reveals more about himself than he probably wanted:

We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.

Compare that to his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Now, we’re not doing this to punish these firms or begrudge success that’s fairly earned. We don’t want to stop them from fulfilling their responsibility to help grow our economy.

He should have stuck with the TelePrompter. The President doesn’t get to decide when people have “made enough money.” In fact, as the radio host notes, that’s a statist point of view. Furthermore, the responsibility of an entrepreneur isn’t to “grow our economy,” core or otherwise. It’s to grow his own economy. In a properly regulated capitalist system, the natural tension of self-interests create economic growth through innovation and efficient use of capital and resources.

Put simply, a free people work for themselves, not for the government. Barack Obama seems to have a problem understanding that.

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Registered: 03-30-2007
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 4:51pm

Really? Really! Wow. My son played soccer many years ago (like 1985?). We (the parents) were given an instruction book about how to behave at the games. We were also told that NO Score would be kept. That if we misbehave, we would be escorted from the field.

Nothing like slamming the Canadians on the board. Oh that's right, everyone has been run off. Gee can't imagine why. No one needs to reply. I'm outta here, L8r

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Registered: 12-07-2006
Mon, 06-07-2010 - 3:30am

**>>> Oh that's right, everyone has been run off. Gee can't imagine why.

>>Because they supported a fool for President and when he publicly proved himself to be the fool we all knew he was, they decided that silence and running away was preferable to having the integrity to admit that they were wrong.

They're all at the Mom's board where it's a little more "liberal".