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  •  I remember when they were preparing... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...that yearbook I was talking about.  The teacher went student by student asking what sports they participated in.  My heart sunk as I noticed that every single boy had played a school sport.  As they kept on going, I devolved into sheer panic as I had nothing to say.  Finally, one boy said, "Not here".  He played hockey with the public school kids as our school had no ice facilities.  I used the same excuse as well, even though I'm sure no one believed it.

    Sports are a huge deal for boys,  HUGE!  Every boy should have a sport to participate in.  I've seen nerdy kids become confident and strong when they finally found a sport to play.  It's not usually the "Big 3" which takes a lot of practice and skill, but even if it's running, or swimming, or individual sports... it's important to find SOMETHING to give them confidence to build on.


    by LordMike on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 05:36:53 PM PDT

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    •  I enjoyed activity, but not sport (1+ / 0-)
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      I liked rock climbing, tree climbing, hiking (or rather, running wild through the woods), and generally exploring.  Competition, though, just made me thoroughly unhappy.  My parents tried me on every sport they could think of, from T-ball to gymnastics to soccer to several martial arts.  Every time, I'd hit the first major competition, and wind up a crying, angry mess.  That hasn't really changed.  Today, I'm an inveterate video gamer, but I play almost exclusively single player or co-op.  Playing against other people is a type of tension and stress that I find extremely uncomfortable.

      In a way, I never really had confidence problems, though (even with the bullying) - I built confidence by knowing things, and I took a great deal of pride in that.  (although when they tried to push me to compete in math games and the like, it was the same misery)

      To each their own, I think.

    •  That doesn't have to be a sport, though. (0+ / 0-)

      It can help, but I wonder if we won't just end up with a world of nothing but jocks.  Given the culture of sport we have, the last thing I want to do is push people into it.

      The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

      by Panurge on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:30:35 PM PDT

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