Participation Trophies Are Ruining Our Generation's Ambition

Participation Trophies Are Ruining Our Generation's Ambition

Why YOUR KID Doesn't Deserve A Trophy

“Participation trophies” are one of the main causes of our Millennial generation’s worst qualities.

Okay, so you completed a season of soccer, you participated in a dance recital, and you were given a trophy. But what did you do? Children are being rewarded for their efforts, which in itself is important, however, this does not mean that every child deserves a gold trophy. You played soccer and won a trophy- but did you win any games? You get the same trophy as every kid on the team, but did you make a single goal? Children should be praised for the efforts. This is an important part of their psychological development. However, it can be detrimental to their development as well.

This summer, Pittsburgh Steelers James Harrison took away the trophy his son won for participating in a sport. He says that he is proud of them and will always support them, but he does not feel that they deserve a trophy simply for participating. He wrote on Instagram: “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I'm not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best...cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better...not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy.” I love that this athlete made an example of his son’s experience in the public eye, hopefully this sparks coaches’ and parents’ attention to the injustice being done to their children, making them think that they deserve to be called a ‘winner’ simply because they tried.

The real world will prove this impractical.

Giving kids participation trophies takes away their desire to put in effort because they know, regardless, they will be rewarded for it. It has been proven in psychology that when a human or animal is repeatedly rewarded or ‘reinforced’ for a desired behavior, that when the reward is taken away they will no longer put in said effort. Our generation is being taught that unless trophies and awards are promised at the end, nothing is worth putting in full effort.

Giving trophies to the whole team also leads children to believe that they are already at their best ability, and that they don’t need to improve. To a child, especially a young child playing a sport, the rationale is that if everyone receives the same trophy, everyone must be playing at the same level. They need to learn that someone will always be better than them; they’ve got to be competitive in order to truly succeed.

If children put effort into an activity because they expect to be rewarded based purely on efforts and not at all on accomplishments, they will tend to give up when their efforts are not reinforced. In their future adult lives, as some members of this generation is finding already, efforts are rarely recognized unless they’ve produced some sort of result or accomplishment.

Our generation is known for being lazy, narcissistic, and antisocial. We have grown up on technology that does it all for us and parents that don’t push us to be adults. We have been groomed to believe that any effort is a winning effort, when in reality there are winners and there are in fact losers. We have grown up attached to our mobile devices, limiting substantial social interacting and understanding of others. The tendencies of our generation will lead our world to a halt as it becomes us who run the country. We are teaching our kids to be in it for the trophy, to be vain, and to give up when their efforts don’t win. They are not learning the values and skills they will need in their adult lives- to be driven, humble, and competitive. At this pace, they will not What do we need to do? Stop giving kids trophies.
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Welcome To Cleveland, Tyrod And Jarvis!

Contain your excitement Cleveland, the Browns are winning the offseason.

With one of the most important days of the NFL offseason looming, the Cleveland Browns were already prepared to strike. It might not have come as a surprise to Browns fans that a large effort was made in acquiring Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins. What was a surprise was the actual execution of the deal itself. The cost was certainly a good one. CBS Sports reported that the Browns overtook his contract for a 4th round and 7th round pick. A steal for one of the more prolific receivers in the NFL.

Oh, and the Browns weren't quite finished there, unbeknownst to them. John Dorsey received an unexpected call from the Buffalo Bills in regards to their quarterback Tyrod Taylor. In no time at all, a deal transpired to send Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland for a 3rd round pick. Highway robbery, if you ask me. But for some odd reason, many Cleveland fans are doing their best to complain about these deals. Not all or most, but some fans remain unimpressed. That's where I come in, to convince those fans that these trades only mean good things for the Cleveland Browns.

The common shot at Jarvis is his yards per catch (YPC), which aside from being absurd, is also highly exaggerated. Last season, with Jay Cutler throwing him the ball, Landry caught 112 balls (!!) with 987 yards receiving. That comes out to an average of 8.8 YPC. For some people that isn't impressive enough. Think about it this way. A first down takes ten yards to achieve. Landry is averaging 88% of that total per catch, 62% of it per TARGET, meaning that simply by throwing at Landry, you're likely to gain 6.2 yards, that coming in a down year.

Over the course of his career, Landry averages 10.1 YPC and 7.1 yards per target. Say Landry is targeted on every first down. The remainder of the Browns offense would need to only average 2.9 yards on the remaining THREE DOWNS in order to achieve 100% of all first downs. Now, I recognize this is way oversimplifying the math of football stats, but I think more people need to recognize that these numbers aren't falsified. A good coach with the proper understanding of his players should be able to maximize their usage, especially a coach who has Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, Duke Johnson, David Njoku, and Saquon Barkley at his disposal and Tyrod Taylor as his distributor.

Speaking of Tyrod, certain fans are either upset a third-round pick was given up or their upset because Tyrod is "too conservative" in his decision making. It is difficult to decide which claim is more laughable. Two seasons ago when Teddy Bridgewater went down with injury, the Vikings gave up a 1st and conditional 4th round pick to acquire Sam Bradford, an unimpressive near journeyman quarterback with his own checkered injury history. That's not to make Bradford seem bad, but I truly don't believe people are giving the Browns credit for the value they got out of Tyrod.

Over the past three seasons, while playing for the BILLS, Tyrod has accumulated 65 touchdowns on only 24 turnovers. That's just under 22 touchdowns and 8 turnovers per year. For comparison, Green Bay Packers and former Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer committed 31 turnovers in a single season. That means that had the Browns had Tyrod at quarterback, 23 drives would not have ended early with a short field or in our own end zone. If a third those drives ended in touchdowns, that's 56 additional points for the Browns or 4.5 more points per game, maybe even one or two wins to go along with them. So yes, maybe Tyrod is a bit more careful with the football than Browns fans may be used to, but having the ball in our home teams hands is actually a good thing.

The reality is, these two pieces will do wonders for the Cleveland Browns offense. In fact, our offense should be downright scary. The pieces are all there, especially if a running back is selected in April now that Crowell is leaving in free agency for New York. Now, the Browns just need a coach who can utilize all those pieces into a coherent offense. For some coaches, it may be difficult to balance so many weapons but if there's one thing, Todd Haley, Browns Offensive Coordinator, is used to doing it's balancing weapons. He learned that from his time in Pittsburgh while managing Ben, Brown, Bell, and Bryant. As for the rest of the NFL, consider yourselves on notice. The Browns are coming for a handful of wins next season.

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5. Ester Ledecka didn’t have any makeup on:

Czech skier and snowboarded Ester Ledecka had been ranked 43rd in the World Cup standings following the Super-G alpine skiing race. A total underdog in PyeongChang, no one expected Ledecka to make the podium, not even Ledecka herself. However, Ledecka surprised everyone when she not only medaled, but won gold by 0.01 seconds in the Super-G race, defeating the Austrian defending champion. Ledecka was so shocked by the victory that she refused to take her goggles off during the post-race press coverage, claiming “I was not prepared to be at this ceremony, and I don’t have any makeup.”

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