What Should Parents Want Their Son to Get Out Of Kids’ Lacrosse?

This post was written by Coach Tom on September 13, 2015
Posted Under: Kids Lacrosse,Parents

Asking what parents should expect their child to get out of kids’ lacrosse is a variation of asking what parents should expect their child should get out of any sports program. There are many possible answers to such a question. A child’s participation in sports can be fun. Kids enjoy playing games. Sports can teach many physical skills, and aid in a child’s developing those skills. Sports participation reveals how to play on a team, and how to cope with success and set-backs. You could summarize all of these benefits as the fruits of participation.

Some parents, though, have a different agenda. To these parents sports are a way to pay for higher education. They see kids’ sports as a gateway to a college athletic scholarship.

“Full rides” to college are not to be scoffed at. The cost of a college education has skyrocketed well in excess of inflation. Frankly the cost is outrageous. Most developed countries provide free or heavily subsidized education. In the U.S. a college education can cost more than a middle-class home. But this blog isn’t about the politics of education. Suffice it to say I’m very sympathetic to those parents who seek a means of providing their child with a college education and start to plan when the munchkin is in first grade. I started planning before my son was born.

Parents who are expecting their child to get an athletic scholarship are likely to be disappointed. Moreover, the pressure on the kids is likely to backfire. Only a small percentage of kids will ever become proficient enough to induce a college to offer them a full ride. If you or your child is staking a college future on an ivy tower’s sports scholarship offer, what happens if the offer never comes? Just look at the media stories about those kids who never get the rides. All are crushed; many never go to college. And even those colleges that give offers, revoke them sometimes.

I’m not saying that a kid shouldn’t dream of an athletic scholarship. What I am saying is that no player or parent should count on that aid. And under no circumstances should anyone pressure a young player in order to try to jack up the odds of college sport’s financing that player’s education.

The most successful players in every sport have always combined talent with self-motivation. Self-motivation in sports usually follows from joy–having fun creates joy. Parents should want their children to have fun in kids’ lacrosse.

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