I’ve searched high and low for evidence that keeping score and standings in soccer, hockey or any other team sports for kids is a bad thing and I haven’t found any. If you have any peer-reviewed or other credible studies that can provide evidence to support the above, I would be very interested in reading it.
A few people have sent me this link to a very poorly written blog about scoring and standings in soccer. I was told via Twitter that it’s something I should read. Check it out and tell me what you think.
There are several errors in the piece I would like to point out. First, the author Bill Ault, errs in stating that the Winnipeg Sun failed to publish the sample size of a Leger Marketing survey we carried on the topic of keeping score for kids sports. We published the following information at the time:
* The survey was completed online from Monday, Feb. 21, to Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 using Leger Marketing’s online panel, LegerWeb.
* A sample of 1,502 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, were surveyed.
* A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20.
23% Keeping track of scores and wins and losses can hurt a child’s self-esteem and should be avoided for children under 13.
18% Don’t know/not sure.
59% Keeping track of scores and wins should be done at all ages. It builds healthy competitive instincts and character.
So Mr. Ault, we accept your apology.
The other thing Ault makes an error on is his claim that some media are taking the position that keeping score and standings are the primary factors in developing quality players, although as usual he provides no evidence to support his claim. I don’t know anyone, in the media or otherwise, who has advanced that position. Mr. Ault has fabricated that notion. The vast majority of Mr. Ault’s claims in his piece are, in fact, baseless.