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Unformatted text preview: Adam Nurenburg 18 November, 2007 ENG 1100 Prof. Keating Are Parents Ruining Youth Sports? Today in America so much pressure has been placed on everything to happen sooner, faster, and better. This is evident in technology with new generations of the iPod coming out every year and smaller computers that can do more than the same model of last year. It is evident in education as lesson plans become more and more advanced as college prep seeps through high school and even into middle school classrooms. However one of the most significant pressures that is putting communities in uproar are the increasing physical and mental demands being placed on children’s sports. Parents pushing their children harder then they can or want to go, fulfilling their own failed dreams through their kids. The youth athletic fields of soccer, baseball, and others have become places of despair for children as it becomes a place for their parents to legally turn into abusive monsters. When you think of a child athlete, it is safe to say about 13 and younger, or not yet in high school. Travel soccer leagues exist for children that are as young as eight years old. The amount of pressure on an eight year old to produce as an ‘elite’ because of the title of being on a travel team is daunting. As Paul Roellig, a Virginia coach and parent puts it: “If you want your kid to play in high school, you have to play travel at 10, and if you want to play travel at 10 you need to travel at eight” (426). As a coach, Roellig wants to push his players and own children to do the best they can and work hard, but as a father he wishes he could scale the pressures back. His daughter is a high school a father he wishes he could scale the pressures back....
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