Parents: Spend Free Time on Sports

A recent survey revealed that forty six percent of parents think children should spend free time on sports. Less than twenty percent would rather their children spend their time on academic activities.

The survey garnered the responses of a thousand parents who have children aged 6 to 15. The scope of the survey was concentrating on mathematics and the impact it has on future success. About half of the parents believed that excelling in mathematics is important for doing well in later life, while a meager five percent opted for being good in sports.

The disparity goes to show that parents remain realistic that the odds of their child doing well in professional sports are rather slim, so doing well academically is still most important for succeeding in life.

However, the good news is that the survey goes to show that the United States stands a better chance of curbing the increasing rate of childhood obesity with many parents understanding the value of sports for their children. While schools have an influence on a child’s weight by instilling the importance of exercise and a healthy diet, parents need to play their part by encouraging  the same values too.

Nearly half of parents who took part in a survey think that it is best that their children spend their free time on sports. 18 percent prefer that their children engage in intellectual or educational activities. However, most parents realize that a professional sports career is only viable for a given few, and hence rank being good at mathematics and having an outgoing personality as important traits for success in life, as reported by Bryan Toporek.

In this article by Cathy O’Connor, alarming statistics were revealed regarding the physical activity level of Canadian kids. Only 7% of children and teenagers meet the guidelines of at least an hour of physical activity per day. Tips were also mentioned on how to raise active kids and integrating physical activity into their daily lives.

Coaches That Yell

No matter if you’re at a little league game or a college football game, there always seems to be one thing in common, there are always coaches that yell at the players! Most coaches seem to use yelling as a hope for the players to listen and do what they say, meaning that they would hopefully be playing better. However, does yelling really ever work?

Warren Grymes at jacksonville.com describes his experiences with being a player himself, turned coach. Growing up playing sports, he was used to coaches that yell at the athletes. At the time, he hadn’t really thought much about it. Years later after becoming a coach himself, he had adopted the same yelling strategy. Even as he coached his son’s team, the yelling stuck. Finally, while coaching his grandson’s team, he reflected back on what worked for him the best in any team he had been on back in the day, and quickly realized that it wasn’t having a coach screaming at him. The football coaches that he had in his freshman and sophomore years of high school had been motivational, supportive, and didn’t get mad or yell when something didn’t go the way they wanted. This resulted in a team that worked together well, trusted in their coaches, and earned a undefeated season. Once their junior year came, new coaches were introduced. They weren’t supportive, were not motivational, and liked to yell a lot. Needless to say, this resulted in a lot of losses and resentment toward the coaches.

Perhaps it’s time that we take a look at our coaching system and make a ruling. Why is it OK to have coaches that yell at their players when teachers are not allowed to scream at their students and  employers do not shout at their employees?

Behind the Trophies

Schools, camps, and organizations award children whenever they accomplish something worth celebrating. These include anything from getting straight A’s at school, winning in football, emerging a champion in a spelling bee, or graduating as a valedictorian. Rewarding the students can be in the form of a trophy, a plaque, a medal, a certificate, or probably all of these. There is pride behind the trophies and awards: Children feel good when their families, friends, and teachers are proud of them. They become proud of themselves, too, and gain confidence – an attribute that is very important in real life.

Speaking of real life – children may not notice this (at least at first) but these awards are more than concrete proof that they have done good in school, or in sports, or somewhere else. Many kids strive to be their best in the things that they do so that they can receive the recognition. In the long run, this motivation leads to greater things. The children learn more important things like discipline, teamwork, perseverance, self-confidence, hard work, and many other values which are essential even when they grow up into adults.

In some cases, specific lessons are also at the backseat when immersing kids into an activity and giving them motivation to finish the task. A good example of this is the small garden project of a few students – a project which not only gave them a big trophy, but also taught them the skill of gardening and growing crops, as well as the importance of keeping a healthy lifestyle. As the kids learned more about cooking their own food, they have been exposed to the fun that is associated with healthy eating. Read more about this life lesson from Chris Gee’s report.

Olympians That Don’t Medal

Every four years, the best athletes from all over the world converge into the biggest sporting event. All eyes are on these athletes as they compete and give their best for their countries and for themselves. When they emerge victorious, their families, friends and supporters from their countries celebrate their success and herald them as modern heroes. Everybody has a great time, and the winners make their mark in the legacy of their chosen field or sport. They make a name for themselves and make their nations proud.

What happens the Olympians that don’t medal? Nobody ever seems to notice the athletes who have failed to put themselves on the Olympic pedestal, especially when the event is all done and people move on with their lives. Sure, they can compete in another four years’ time, but what happens until then? This should not be a question for the more popular athletes, like those who have reached celebrity status – especially those who come from America. Making money would be as easy as posing for some commercial or advocating for a sponsor, a brand, a product. It all seems like they are having the time of their lives.

For the non-champions and those who have not had even a single endorsement, there is no other way to go but to return to their normal lives, whatever that may entail. It may be an office job, running a business, going back to school, or being with one’s family. People often assume that athletes do better in life, generally speaking, because of their intense training and the character values that they have built in the process. Confidence, diligence, discipline, perseverance, and hard work, to name a few. Many would be shocked to learn that this is not true for every athlete. In fact, many of the post-Olympian participants find it quite hard to resume their previous engagements or careers. A recent study shows evidence that athletes may be challenged a whole lot when making the shift back to regular life. Read more about this study from Jena McGregor’s article.

The Importance of Plaques

Plaques or commemorative plates are given to individuals or organizations to recognize something they have done or achieved. An example of the importance of plaques given to people are plaques of recognition which are most often seen given at a corporate event or movie star awards night. A government agency or organization may put a plaque on a building if the place becomes or is an important part of history.

Commemorative PlaqueOne example of a plaque that honors a person is the blue plaque. A blue plaque is a plaque given in UK to link a place and an important person together and serves as a historical marker. According to the article “Blue Plaque hour stars” in The Oxford Times, the childhood house of Ronnie Barker, a well known British comedian, along with the house where the deceased Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and his wife shared in Thames will have a blue plaque to commemorate the two celebrities.

Because plaques are made to remember a person, place or event, the value of plaques cannot be underestimated. A very old Chines plaque was unearthed and was auctioned. Because of the historical importance of the plaque, the bidding ended at $851,000! This just shows the importance of plaques to history.

It is easy to order commemorative plaques at QuickTrophy. Simply select the size, type, and style of plaque you want and follow our easy to use plaque layout screen. You can choose the font, the font size, and font effects such as bold or italics. And you can see what it will look like with an on-line instant proof. If you are still concerned with the look, simply request a proof when you place the order and our engravers will email you a proof for approval prior to producing your plaque.