Competitive Competition in Kids Sports Games

Popular kids sports games and activities often involve competitive experiences. Competition is neither inherently good nor bad.

Competition is one of the conditions of sport at all levels of participation. This meaning that a healthy sense of competition has the benefits of teaching kids to participate and win or lose.

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Some kids in sports often rate ‘winning’ as a strong motivation for participating in sporting activities. However younger kids give winning a lower priority.

Many kids are not acutely aware of the scores or results of activities. To avoid an over emphasis on competition, kids sports coaches and parents should be encouraged to ask ‘how did you enjoy it?’ rather than ‘who won?’

However, just as many kids know exactly what the score is and get upset with themselves and other team members should they lose games.

Who was the role model for this attitude?

When I am coaching school teams or younger kids weekend club teams I have always told the kids this ‘I don’t care whether we win or lose the contest, however I do care how we play the game’.

From the beginning the sports coach must educate the kids about the many reasons you play sport. Competition is only a small part.

Youth sporting organizations often opt for competitions without finals. This demonstrates that winning is not the critical component of competition for kid’s.

The focus should remain on positive experiences such as;


De-emphasizing winning permits sport coaches time to pay attention to instilling young players with a sense of fair play and playing sports games for enjoyment.


There is so much more to sports games than playing to ‘win a trophy or competition’. Sport is for all not just the skilled or fit. Disabled, under developed and ‘average’ kids love sport too and should be given the chance to experience the benefits.

The extent in which competition is emphasized, by coaches and parents in kids sports games, can cause problems.

When I am coaching school teams or younger kids or weekend club teams, I have always told the kids this ‘I don’t care whether we win or lose the contest, however I do care how we play the game’.

From the beginning the kids sports coach must educate the kids about the many reasons you play sport. Competition is only a small part.

Youth sporting organizations often opt for kids sports games competitions without finals. This demonstrates that winning is not the critical component of competition for kid’s.

The focus for all youth sport should be concentrated on positive experiences such as;

kids competitions in kids sports games


By de-emphasizing winning, permits sport coaches time to pay attention to instilling young players with a sense of fair play and playing sports games for enjoyment.


There is so much more to sports games than playing to ‘win a trophy or competition’. Sport is for all, not just the skilled, elite or fit. Disabled, under developed and ‘average’ kids love sport too, and should be given the chance to experience the benefits.

In your role as a kids sports coach communicate to players, parents and club officials your intentions for the upcoming season. Instill the belief that kids sports games are to be enjoyed by all and that winning is just a small added benefit and not the major focus in your sports team.


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