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 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?

QuickTrophy and Picasso

QuickTrophy and PicassoIn Paris, on the corner of Rue Bonaparte and Rue de l’Abbaye, next to the church of St. Germaine des Pres, there is a little park with benches and pieces of the church dating back to the middle ages. Along with the old artifacts, there is a piece of modern sculpture by Pablo Picasso. A real honest to goodness Picasso! It is “Homage to Apollinaire” – a tribute to his friend, the poet Guillaume Apolllinaire.

QuickTrophy was there for a visit this past summer to take in the sites, eat some of the best chocolate in the world and walk around in this city of style and culture where you can find a Picasso sculpture just tucked into a little out of the way park. I couldn’t resist a picture with QuickTrophy and Picasso.