A basic rule of both sport and life is that there is always someone who wins and someone who loses.
By following this principle you learn that if you lose in sport or in life you just get on with it.
In recent years, however, there has been a rise of children’s sports teams now adopting a policy of “Don’t keep score, that way it’s more fair”.
In fact, a recent announcement by the AFL has revealed that under-10s teams will no longer be allowed to keep score or give best and fairest awards. Until now, this was restricted to under-eights.
Is this policy a good and fair way of having fun, or is it sending the wrong message to children?
Deanne Turnbull, who coaches an Under-10s team, believes keeping score is beneficial to the children.
“We don’t keep score, but I’d prefer to do it. Kids need to realise you don’t win all the time,” she told The Newsroom.
However young footy player Caitlin Lovell thinks it can be seen as good and bad.
Caitlin, who plays for Jacana Football Club, told The Newsroom that keeping score will help “teach kids for when they’re older”, but says it can be hard for those who “get beaten every week”.
The answer to whether children should keep score or not is certainly not a one-sided argument, as there are interesting facts on both sides of the fence. – Jackson Miller
Top photo by Daniel Walker.