The Non- Competitive Sports Day

I’ve been run off my feet busy the last few weeks, hence the lack of blogging. It was in a way good that my primary school did competitive sports days. I’m well practiced in the art wining and losing and resigning oneself to the fact that you cant do everything. Of course, I’m one of lifes natural winners *ahem* but I can cope with losing and its all down to my defeat in that egg and spoon race in 1983.

So with all this in mind, I have to admit I was really shocked to discover that our school operates non-competitive sports day. Basically there are a whole series of activities, too many if you ask me but I am a misery. Each child is put in a team, the team does that activity for 3- 5 minutes and it doesn’t appear to matter if they cheat or do it totally wrong. Then you move onto the next station for another thrilling activity. Thus I found myself watching non competitive egg and spoon, skipping, hula hooping, throw the bean bag. For what seemed like hours. I tried my hardest to shout encouragement, but there wasn’t really much point. A bit like watching a P. E. class.

Still, the boy enjoyed himself and was really proud to present the hubby with his souvenir plastic bracelet (!) and it filled an afternoon. However, I do worry. I think one of the most important life skills you can get is that of winning graciously and accepting defeat with dignity. If they cant learn this at sports day, then when do they learn it?


3 Responses

  1. Amy Georgina 7th July 2011 / 7:42 am

    I agree with you, I think kids need to learn about winning and losing and accepting that you can't always win. And that you can only cheat at Monopoly like mummy does! We just seem to be too scared of a monumental tantrum should our kid lose! I used to love sports day, I would always come last in the races but it was a good laugh, and it teaches you to be gracious in defeat and applaud

  2. Muddling Along 7th July 2011 / 8:46 am

    Sounds utterly grim – having to learn about winning and losing is a huge part of school, and it does make for more interesting viewing for the parents<br /><br />Do they not play any competitive sports? How will they cope when they go to senior school and suddenly football matches have winners and losers?

  3. TheMadHouse 7th July 2011 / 3:41 pm

    It is wrong, plain wrong, the boys school had a non-compative one last year and peple just didn&#39;t go!

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