Re: Pine wood derby's etc.
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@MIMICAD.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 30 Jun 1994 08:55:58 -0600
Don Izard said:
> So to cover a point out of these wanderings. . . As they say in the
> OLYMPICS, just being there to be a part of the competion is a very
> wonderful experience. I also learned that as a part of the WORLD
> University Games here in Buffalo! Compettion is part of LIFE.
> Some times you might win, and more times you will lose. Youth will
> need to learn to deal with BOTH sides. . . A gracious winner and
> a loser that can shake hands with the winner, because, on that DAY
> they were better. We should also we trying to encourage the YOUTH
> that they can do better, and they need to WORK hard to get better.
> Often, winners get lazy, and if the losers work harder to get ready
> for the NEXT time, there is NOTHING BETTER that a revenge VICTORY!
> Don't get mad, get even? But at the same time, maybe it is time
> to look at a different sport or program.
I'm sure that the last several Super Bowls have also allowed those in
the Buffalo area to learn of the need to lose graciously. 8)
I agree with many of the postings here which say that competition is a
necessary part of life and especially of childhood. I've known a
number of people who grew up without doing any competitive activities,
and they always seemed to me to less able to handle it when things
don't go their way. ON the other hand, I don't agree with the idea of
"win at all cost" which tends to be prevalent in many sports. I
think that kids need to learn to compete as hard as they can and
accept the results. The only thing wrong with losing is if you lose
because you didn't try, and that's what we have to convey to the cubs
(Do your best, in other words).
Well enough rambling,
ASM Troop 1046, Bowie, MD, NCAC
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