When I signed my kid up for soccer at 4 years old, I did it with full knowledge that she was joining a league that gives every kid a turn and every kid a trophy. And despite having been raised in the ’80s, long before kids were taught that they’re all unique, special rainbows, I was fine with that. They’re just kids. Shouldn’t they learn that the idea is to have fun, not be the “best”?
I think that. Most of the other parents in our “everyone’s equal” AYSO league think that. But it’s not the message society is sending our kids.
Take a child in a sports uniform anywhere but the field (or diamond), and the first words out of an adult’s mouth are, “Did you win?”