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The Wussification of Britain

Original post made by WS, Professorville, on Jun 27, 2008

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Posted by mmmm
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2008 at 5:59 pm

I am ready to bet that when Beckham was growing up, there was NO competitive soccer league in the UK for kids under age 8.

I also grew up in Europe, in another big soccer nation, and there was no such thing as a league for such young kids at the time.

Ditto for such nations as Brazil and others. Do you think Pele or Ronaldo learned soccer in such a league?? Wrong. They learned it with their buddies on a street corner, with no uniform, no umpires and NO pushy parents.

I think that the above mentioned decision is actually very wise. Young children can learn soccer in a informal setting while having fun, and while becoming very good at it at the same time. They should not be put under such pressure by parents and referees or coaches.

The US might be well advised to follow the same idea for its youngest baseball, soccer and football players, among others.

BTW, reducing the people of a nation to one adjective as you did in your comment is rather simplistic and inaccurate.

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Posted by great news
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2008 at 8:03 am

This is hilarious...when do you think such things as "leagues" for any sport began here for any elementary school aged kid? Not when I was a kid in the 60s, that is for sure!

Come to think of it, we started wussifying here about the time little kid leagues began...hmm...correlation or cause?

I suspect it is one of the highly competitive pushy critical hollerin' type parents who is upset at this.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2008 at 8:52 am

AYSO and YBasketball, among others I expect, already have this policy here. An enthusiastic 7 year old is well able to know who scored the most goals, which teams are the strongest and who on their team has scored the most goals, so it isn't preventing the kids from knowing, much more preventing the parents from knowing.

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