It is this idea of process over outcome that really solidifies what the true purpose for youth sports participation, at all levels of competition, should be. When we, meaning the sports parenting community, mistakenly reverse these objectives (outcome over process) the possibility of young athletes gaining intrinsic rewards (strong work ethic, good sportsmanship, character, integrity, priority setting, discipline, commitment, and perseverance to name a few), or even reaching their potential, diminishes.
I too firmly believe that the process or journey far outweighs the importance of the outcome, and when I look back through my own personal athletic experience, that is what I learned and that is where I place the most value. The awards and honors were simply one outcome of this process.
This article is a great read for any parent of young athletes.
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