Parenting

No-Score Soccer: Saving Kids from "Humiliation"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Here in the United States we have t-ball games where no one keeps score and youth sports leagues where everybody gets a trophy, lest any child feel like a loser.

Now this nonsense has traveled across the pond to England, where one youth soccer league will not record the actual scores of games to avoid upsetting kids whose teams were blown-out.

The Daily Mail reports on the Telford Junior League, which records every win on its website as 1-0 regardless of what the real score was. Ties are recorded as 0-0 or 1-1.

It seems the league wants to spare those teams the embarrassment of having their 20-0 loss posted for all the world to see.

Many parents say it is ridiculous.

"I think it's crazy. Kids need to learn about winning and losing from an early age," said one parent who didn't want his name used, apparent not wanting to be embarrassed himself. "They aren't recognizing the boys' achievements. They might not want to embarrass the losing team but if one of the lads scores six or seven goals and that isn't recorded, what kind of message does that send to them?"

The manager of one team disagrees, saying we must protect young boys from the agony of defeat.

"The children's welfare is paramount. The winners have three points on the website if they win and the children who lose 20-0 would feel very disheartened if it was on the website," said Stephen Clarke. "They might think of not playing. I think it's a very good idea."

The league will be stepping it up for next season, when it will not even record the results of games for children under the age of 11.