Wow, one Texas youth football league has decided to take a step in the sane direction for a change.
(ABC) — The Keller Youth Association Football Program in northern Texas will not be handing participation trophies to their players this year. They say it’s because awards should be earned.
“Going forward participation medals or trophies will be going away. KYA Football board feels that giving participation medals or trophies isn’t sending our children the right message,” the association wrote in a Facebook post. “Life does not give you a participation job or medal, life makes you earn everything you get,” the announcement continued.
Aimee Engle has a son who plays football with the Keller Youth Association, and her husband is an assistant coach. She thinks the organization’s decision was the right one.
“Real life didn’t give me a trophy, that’s why I think it’s a great decision,” Engle told ABCNews.com. “We weren’t teaching them they need to earn the right to have a trophy, that it’s something they should strive for.”
I think kids know when they are being condescended to, they know if they are rewarded even though their performance didn’t warrant it. It’s meaningless and they know it.