Posted 04 March 2015 - 02:54 PM
I've been watching the last 5-6 episodes. I am literally blown away by how these dads are. Granted, we all know how these "reality" shows are. But still, these kids will be the perfect case of burnout! I played sports growing up, played them all, baseball, basketball and football. I never once had my mom ever talk to me that way, ever. She was always supportive and encouraging. I was lucky enough to work my a** off, and was blessed to continue my basketball career in college until injuries ended that sooner than I had liked.
Fast forward to present day, I have a son on the way, and I coach basketball, 7 years at the college level and 2 at the high school level. If I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone tell me, that my son will play basketball, I could already afford 4 years of college education for him! I tell them all the time, he can play whatever he wants, as long as he gets good grades in school and is a good person. I will give my son every opportunity to play whatever he wants. I've coached younger kids at summer camps, and have seen all the crazy parents, from the mild ones to the EXTREME ones to the over the top ones, so to me this show isn't that crazy but still is nuts! Would I like my son to play golf, of course, would be great to have that bond of having my son to golf with me and enjoy father/son bonding time. If he doesn't want to get super serious about it, thats fine too. But if he does, and my fiancé agrees, he can do First Tee camps, and leagues and if he wants to get into tournaments, so be it, and that goes for every sport if he wants to take up a seriousness in some sort of sport.
To the poster talking about how this new generation of "everyone gets a medal", I hate this idea! As a coach who is coaching this newer generation. I have a hard time with it, because when I was younger, it was dog eat dog. You win or you lose end of story! If I lost, I knew I had to work harder to change that into a win. But it seems that now a days, kids and some parents are just happy to get a 5th place ribbon. There is no translation into the real world, 1 person gets the girl, 1 person gets the job, and 1 person can take care of business and that is yourself!
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