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Gingersnap
06-27-2008, 11:47 AM
Children under eight banned from competitive football - because it's too stressful

By Vanessa Allen
Last updated at 8:55 AM on 27th June 2008

Children under the age of eight have been banned from playing in football leagues and cups amid fears they are under too much pressure from competitive parents.

Youngsters can still play matches but results must be kept private and no league tables can be compiled, according to the ruling from the Football Association.

And they should not compete in knockout tournaments where trophies or medals are at stake as FA officials fear the pressure could be too great.

The Football Association has banned young children from playing competitive matches because the 'pressure' to win is too much (file picture)

The move - due to be enforced when the new season starts in September - is aimed at protecting children from pushy parents and aggressive coaches on the touchline, and from peer pressure and bullying.

But junior league organisers argue it is essential that youngsters learn about winning and losing.

Kevin Warrington, whose undereights team finished bottom of their league in Hampshire last season, said: 'If you look at our results we only won one game and we lost one of our first games 21-0.

'But the boys were playing together as a team, they were making new friends and enjoying the environment in which they were doing that. They didn't care if they lost.'

Graham Spencer, secretary of Colden Common youth football club near Winchester, Hampshire, added: 'I am not sure how you can actually play football non-competitively.'

Do the adults think that kids are too stupid to notice who scores? :eek:

Losers (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1029750/Children-banned-competitive-football--stressful.html)

biccat
06-27-2008, 12:00 PM
Do the adults think that kids are too stupid to notice who scores? :eek:

Losers (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1029750/Children-banned-competitive-football--stressful.html)
It's soccer. The brits are just simplyfying the process. Instead of a thousand tie games at 0-0 or 1-1 and an occasional blowout at 0-1 or 1-2, they are just assuming every game is going to end in a tie.

Besides, kids that play soccer aren't going to grow up to be men, they're going to grow up to be some starbucks-swilling metrosexual who has to get his nails done every Friday.

Real men play real football, and I don't see them taking the enjoyment out of that anytime soon.

:D :D :D

noonwitch
06-27-2008, 12:21 PM
My sister's kids play in a softball league with similar rules. The girls don't pitch until they are 9 or 10, either, although this is probably a good idea-they tend to get bone spurs in their elbows, if they start pitching too young.

I can see not having winners/losers with little kids, like the 4 and 5 year olds. 7 and 8 year olds are a different matter.

Shannon
06-27-2008, 01:35 PM
There are leagues like that here. Tristan was in one for one season when he was around 6. It disgusted me. The kids still kept score but would be told to "be quiet" when caught discussing it.

Phillygirl
06-27-2008, 01:37 PM
Ridiculous. And they ought to ban the practice of everyone getting a trophy just because they played on a team. Trophy's are for winners...pizza after the game is for everyone else. The indigestion is their symbol of participation, not a bronze statue.

newshutr
06-27-2008, 01:39 PM
How about an All-Star Game canceled because the all-stars will hurt the feelings of those that aren't good enough?

All-Star Game Canceled. (http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/news_article.aspx?storyid=92229&catid=3)

Shannon
06-27-2008, 01:41 PM
Ridiculous. And they ought to ban the practice of everyone getting a trophy just because they played on a team. Trophy's are for winners...pizza after the game is for everyone else. The indigestion is their symbol of participation, not a bronze statue.

Ack! I know! You should have seen the looks I got when I refused to "pitch in" for feel good trophies when Tristan's team had a losing season.

Goldwater
06-28-2008, 01:33 PM
This happens all over the world, I don't exactly care, but it does.

Space Gravy
06-28-2008, 01:43 PM
Brits Ban Winning For Pee-Wee Soccer Players.


I think England's done it for their National team as well.

Goldwater
06-28-2008, 02:07 PM
I think England's done it for their National team as well.

Zing, excellent shot.

nightflight
06-28-2008, 06:14 PM
Let's bubble-wrap the whole fucking world.

CLibertarian
06-28-2008, 06:57 PM
We had a local basketball league that didn't keep score until 8 years old. Most everyone decided taht it was stupid and started keeping score again.

hampshirebrit
06-28-2008, 07:09 PM
Let's bubble-wrap the whole fucking world.

Exactly. It's goddamn pathetic and embarrasing to see articles like this.

I am one Brit that is getting sick and tired of the whole creeping nanny-state, the ever increasing aversion to even minor risks, the frakkin' "are you sure" culture, and I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Bubba Dawg
06-28-2008, 08:52 PM
I think England's done it for their National team as well.



Bwahahahahahahahahahah!!!! :D:D:D

AlmostThere
06-28-2008, 09:00 PM
My sister's kids play in a softball league with similar rules. The girls don't pitch until they are 9 or 10, either, although this is probably a good idea-they tend to get bone spurs in their elbows, if they start pitching too young.

I can see not having winners/losers with little kids, like the 4 and 5 year olds. 7 and 8 year olds are a different matter.
My daughter has played for about 10 years. In slow-pitch, every batter would walk if a 6 or 7 yr old was pitching. In fast pitch, a youngster just can't throw it fast or accurate enough. I have an orthopedic doctor friend who tells me he sees high schoolers who started around 10 and have totally trashed their arms. A good bit of that is poor pitching technique. Over the years I've seen hundreds of different girls pitching. A great many depend on arm strength alone to hurl the ball 50+ mph. They won't be doing that long. :(

In 2005 as 14-Under, National Champs. In 2006 as 16-Under, Second Place. :)
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