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Kobe Bryant Says ‘It’s OK To Be Competitive’ In Youth Sports

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Kobe Bryant 12Youth sports has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades. Being competitive and striving to be a winner was encouraged in the past and now seems to be frowned upon in terms of competing to come out on top with every child getting a trophy for simply participating.

It comes as no surprise that Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers isn’t a fan of the things are done in youth sports today. Bryant believes being competitive at a young age is healthy and encourages kids to play team sports rather than sit in front of a television or computer.

Bryant said the following about being competitive and how it should be encouraged in an interview with ESPN:

“We have to promote to them that it’s OK to be competitive. I think we’ve gone in the completely opposite direction of saying, ‘Everybody is a winner, you come in 10th place and you still get a trophy.’ I think it’s more fun when kids actually compete and they understand who finished 1-2-3. If I’m third, the person that’s first is probably going to be talking trash and it’s going to motivate me to be No. 1. But it’s all in a very good-hearted way.”

Along with Bryant chiming in on the advantages of competition in youth team sports, former president Bill Clinton, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and a few Olympians also gave their opinions on the subject.

An interesting topic to say the least as things continue to change for children competing or simply going through the motions in team sports.

The full interview of Bryant, Kemp, Clinton and others will air on Feb. 9 on ESPN2.


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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Stay competitive everyone.Lakers need to smack some teams around.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeap just play hard.Keep winning and winning.Don’t ever accept losing.

  • Guisseppe Karl Gumban

    What do you expect from kobe, “it’s ok to be in 10th place just along you participate”? The guy is a born competitor, the reason why we look up to him, is because of his drive for excellence.

    I believe you should never enter a competition when you have no intent of winning, when you lose strive to be better when you win strive to be better – so that you could protect the throne.

    Being competitive shouldn’t be discouraged, heck life is a big competition. Winning cements that hard work is rewarded, while losing is a reminder that you need to work hard.

    Parents shouldn’t focus on discouraging winning in a competition, they should instead focus on teaching children how to handle winning and losing. Parents should encourage children to always win playing fair, or being gracious in defeat and humility in triumph etc.

    One will ask, “How can I compete with LeBron or Dwight in basketball when they’re gifted with great athleticism and I’m no” and my answer is you’re right, while it is far fetched that you could beat those guys in basketball (unless you are kobe) you might be better at them in baseball, swimming, poetry interpretation, What do you expect from kobe, “it’s ok to be in 10th place just along you participate”? The guy is a born competitor, the reason why we look up to him, is because of his drive for excellence.

    I believe you should never enter a competition when you have no intent of winning, when you lose strive to be better when you win strive to be better – so that you could protect the throne.

    Being competitive shouldn’t be discouraged, heck life is a big competition. Winning cements that hard work is rewarded, while losing is a reminder that you need to work hard.

    Parents shouldn’t focus on discouraging winning in a competition, they should instead focus on teaching children how to handle winning and losing. Parents should encourage children to always win playing fair, or being gracious in defeat, and humility in triumph etc.

    One will ask, “How can I compete with LeBron or Dwight in basketball when they’re gifted with great athleticism and I’m not, am I not doomed to fail? and my answer is you’re right, while it is far fetched that you could beat those guys in basketball (unless you are kobe) you might be better at them in baseball, swimming, poetry interpretation, beer pong or science, I don’t know. The point is everyone excels at something, everyone is born to be good at something. The secret is figuring out what you’re good at early on in life.

    You couldn’t be the best basketball in the world, that doesn’t mean you couldn’t be the best one in your town, or school or your neighborhood. And even if you’re not the best at basketball even in your own family, coz you’re Kobe’s long lost brother. That shouldn’t discourage you from competing, because at the end of the day when you strive to be better you’re competing against you’re perennial enemy – yourself

    Everything I learned watching Kobe Bryant play.

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