*Fluffy Bunnies - posted on 03/02/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )
My niece is in a million activities: soccer, cheerleading, softball, basketball. You name it, she does it (all by her choice). My husband went to a couple of her softball games and noticed immediately that they don't keep score and no one wins. She's 9 years old. He's pretty competitive and thinks that this gives kids the idea that the world is all flowers and rainbows...haha. He also likes to play devil's advocate. Kids should learn that things don't always go their way and keeping score will teach them how to not be sore losers.
The other side of the argument is that kids are young and don't need to worry about the score. They should just have fun participating. I'm a coach and even at the 7th and 8th grade levels my main focus is fundamentals and less about how many games we won. What do you think? Keep score or not? What age to you start keeping score and having "winners" and "losers"?