There are suggestions by people who have studied such stuff that schools should ban scrums and tackling in rugby and also tackling in football.
That’s right, don’t have tackles and scrums so when the children head into adulthood and join clubs they haven’t a clue how to play the game properly and in time the game will become about just running about.
What seems to have alluded the academics is that football and rugby are CONTACT sports. Rugby definitely moreso than football. You can’t play the game without physical contact.
I don’t know much about rugby, to this I will hold my hand up and admit, but I do know that if you take away contact from it then you’ll pretty much just end up with a lot of people standing about on a field chucking a large egg-shaped “ball” to each other.
I also know that players are terribly polite to the referee or else they get in trouble.
Jesting aside, this idea that children should not be subjected to tackles or scrums is sidling up beside this long, in my eyes, abhorred situation we’re in where children shouldn’t compete with one another in case they get beat.
Imagine that. Imagine being in a competition and getting beat. It sucks, it really does. It knocks the wind out of you and it feels crap. It’s a lesson though. It should tell you that to win you have to get better. You have to up your game and beat someone else next time.
Teaching children that there are no winners and no losers is doing them a huge dis-service because life isn’t like that. There is no bubble wrapping them from what lies ahead.
There is competitions in all walks of life. From places at university to landing a job. Even in love there is competition. To get what you want you have to compete and what is being taught is that everyone gets the same. Everyone doesn’t get the same. Life isn’t like that. You don’t get a medal for taking part.
It’s like saying that everything will come to you. That’s not true either. Children these days literally get what they want. When I was younger I shared a room, TV and hifi with my sister. We didn’t have seperate things like that because we shared. If, as children, we had the technology available today we’d have had one iPad, one Playstation, one laptop, one Sonos speaker, one Alexa…you get the idea. Sharing used to be the norm.
What this did was make a person realise that to get what they wanted they had to made a damned hard effort to get it. They had to work at it. That’s the way of the world.
So there I have been off on a tangent and now will return to the topic in hand. I agree that children do need looked after to a certain extent where rough sports are involved. No, a child of seven shouldn’t be sent flying through air by another child charging towards them with a leather egg in their hands. They should be taught the simple basics of the game. The skills and techniques used in the game to get the ball to where they want it. This, in turn, will give them some life skills, like team work – for example. When they become older soft tackles can be introduced and then move on towards the full game. Not every child will like that and may fall away from the sport but they will have learned some valuable life skills.
Also, gum shields and head gear should be worn through the years that young people’s bodies develop. Protection is essential. Of that there is no doubt.
Over-protection is wrong. As much as life can be great, it’s also full of bumps and let downs. We owe it to our children to make sure they are ready for that.