Youth Sports Should Be Turned Over to the Schools

Approximately 35 million kids play organized sports each year, and all but a mere two percent of them are miserable with the experience. Clearly, something must be done to bring the fun back into youth sports, before our society alienates future generations from one of America’s greatest diversions.

“Too much money, too much parent involvement, and too many brokenhearted 6-year-olds, that’s exactly what’s wrong with youth sports,” stated Jay Atkinson of the Boston Globe. “Not to mention too many well-meaning adults who have no clue about all of the above.”

For the three reasons listed above, management of youth sports must be assigned to the school district. Even though it would add another burden to the already loaded backs of educators, what better body is there to oversee our children’s athletics?

After all, schools now feed our kids breakfast and lunch, teach them about the dangers of sex and drugs, and guide them in the socialization process ข่าวกีฬา from toddler to young adulthood. An institution that can feed millions of children daily and transport them to and from their destination on schedule can surely do a better job handling youth sports than the current, and too often corrupt, system.

The first step for schools to successfully run youth sports is to eliminate evening practices and all sports for children until age seven. In grades three through five, all athletic instruction would be held immediately after school by the physical education teachers. These instructors need not be compensated, since they would be allowed to arrive to work one hour later than other teachers in the morning. This proposal obviates the well-meaning but troublesome meddling of parents.

The schedule would be manageable, as each weekday would be dedicated to a particular sport for that season. In the fall, Monday, for example, would offer a one-hour session for children interested in football. The practice would consist of ten minutes of stretching, ten minutes on the fundamentals of tackling, and another ten on the basics of blocking. Additional time would cover passing, handoffs, making and taking snaps, and learning some simple running plays.


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