The Pussification of America
So I saw this glorious post from James Harrison of the Steelers the other day…
I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues
I’m so glad someone with an influential voice said it. Today’s youth sports are full of participation trophies, over-the-top sportsmanship, pats on the back for a good effort, and other extras to add to their “pussification.” You want to see some serious pussification? Turn on the Little League World Series. Your pitcher throws a dick-shot down the middle, and the hitter goes dinger over the CF wall? Shake his hand when he rounds the bases. The hitter has his dick hanging over the plate so the pitcher buzzes him inside and plunks him between the numbers? Go pat him on the back and see if he’s okay. Don’t forget to make sure everyone plays an inning because the kid on the end of the bench that sucks because he doesn’t put the work in deserves a shot to play anyway! Unreal! This is not how the real world works. Kids are conditioned to expect hand outs for participating and giving it their best shot. Coming from someone that has busted his ass and still failed more businesses than most can ever imagine, you don’t get a reward for trying. You know who deserves an award for trying? Someone who completes Navy Seal training. And let’s not reward the studs who put in work and succeed, because we don’t want little Johnny at the end of the bench to feel bad. Bull! Positive reinforcement. You know what feels good? Having your college paid for because you were taught to put in the work and learned that you need to work for what you want. You know how you get there? By first realizing that nothing in life is handed out and you get what you earn. I think this is a value that needs instilled early. #HarrisonFamilyValues
For everyone that disagrees: listen, I understand we need to make youth baseball fun so that kids want to play, I get it. Take them for ice cream after the game, show them good sportsmanship, and encourage them until you’re blue in the face. But do you really think this participation award culture we live in is really preparing kids for the real world and setting them up for success? Doubt it.
The culture of participation trophies and rules in Little League is not preparing kids for success in the real world, especially athletics.
Don’t be pussified
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