Don't expect to win any games, they said. Some of the boys have attention issues, they said; several chronically misbehave. Some lack "talent" or are slow footed. And we think so and so is selling weed, and, oh, by the way, we don't think a woman should be coaching a boys' team in the first place. I had a different perspective.
The negative buzz around youth sports -- concussions, overuse injuries, out of control parents, costly travel teams, bullying coaches and more -- have parents wondering if it's worth it to let their kids continue playing. Have we reached a point where the negatives outweigh the positives in youth sports?
With the constant media attention given to illegal PED use by elite and professional athletes, along with other cheating and poor, unethical, even abusive behavior by them as well as some coaches, parents and athletes at many levels of sport... you really have to wonder whether kids derive any benefits from participation in competitive sports.