Canuck libs raise a generation of losers

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Canuck libs raise a generation of losers
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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.”"

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/01/win-a-soccer-game-by-more-than-five-points-and-you-lose-ottawa-league-says/

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Tue, 06-22-2010 - 1:55pm
The appropriate thing for the coach to do is play his second string players...or have players take positions they don't normally play, making his players stronger and more experienced...not to hobble good players to condescend to weaker teams who would only be humiliated by the "charity."
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Tue, 06-22-2010 - 1:59pm
Making a kid play with his "weaker foot" to make it stronger is something that's done in practice, not a game. And it wouldn't "mitigate the embarrassment of the losing team, it would enhance it. Someone who's familiar with the game...as in actually having played sports...would know that.
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Registered: 01-28-2009
Tue, 06-22-2010 - 2:05pm

<<Or some people are still smarting from Canada handing the US a defeat in Hockey. >>


That's OK - An American team won the Stanley Cup....However, the difference between the Olympics and the Stanley Cup is that

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Tue, 06-22-2010 - 2:11pm

That's assuming that there are enough players on the teams to have a "second string"....When my sons were playing soccer, there were usually only 2 or 3 extra players on each team.

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Tue, 06-22-2010 - 2:18pm

<<Making a kid play with his "weaker foot" to make it stronger is something that's done in practice, not a game.>>


If there are some teams that are so strong that they routinely beat most of

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Registered: 10-25-2006
Tue, 06-22-2010 - 3:47pm
LOL! Actually, the coach is even worse than a liberal Canadian --he's a socialist Brit!

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Tue, 06-22-2010 - 3:48pm

Second string had already played by the time he got to the "weaker foot only" rule. And believe it or not, the coach (and I) have played the game.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM




Edited 6/22/2010 3:51 pm ET by janetlz

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Registered: 06-07-2010
Tue, 06-22-2010 - 5:25pm

>>> If there are some teams that are so strong that they routinely beat most of the other teams by huge margins, these games are not challenging in any way. Why waste everybody's time? Why not use these games as opportunities for practice too? With this policy they will still win the games, but they will be learning something and improving their playing too.

Um...no. First of all, having better teams gives lesser teams incentive to get better. But if you find, over the course of a season, that one team has an "unfair advantage"...something actually SOUGHT AFTER in pro leagues...then it's incumbent upon the league supervisors to distribute that talent a little more fairly for the next season, not to hobble players or offer lip-service charity to weaker teams. Boo hoo, sometimes in sports you'll find there are better players and that sometimes you'll lose. Good lessons to learn...along with the other lessons of sportsmanship that teach you to both win, AND LOSE, gracefully.

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Tue, 06-22-2010 - 5:32pm
Then the coach should play them...as well as putting the center on the wing or make the fullback the goalie. That gives the players experience, strengthens their overall skills and teaches team cohesion. Hobbling them teaches them that they shouldn't always do their best...and humiliates the other team's players, saying "we all know you guys suck...and we're going to prove it by beating you with one foot tied behind out backs." Quite the sportsmanship lesson.
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Tue, 06-22-2010 - 5:33pm

>>> Second string had already played by the time he got to the "weaker foot only" rule. And believe it or not, the coach (and I) have played the game.

Then keep playing them and switch positions around...all honorable choices...unlike the "weaker foot" rule.