Daisy wrote:tafnut wrote:Winning-at-all-costs is NOT the USA HS motto, as I'm sure you must know. Sportsmanship and being-the-best-you-can-be (sorry US Army) is. "Early preventative education" IS rampant in the USA.
They can say that stuff but what counts is reality. I've noticed winning at all costs is the reality and they hide behind the words of sportmanship and be the best you can.
How else do you explain that non-matching sports bra disqualification? How else do explain the retarded parents that abuse the umpires? How else do you explain coaches being fired for perfectly reasonable seasons that did not garner a championship? There are exceptions of course. The Steelers franchise have stuck with their coach and can be viewed as great role models for the kids. But that is highly unusual and what you see at the top level is more often than not reflective of the attitude at the grass roots level too.
Honestly, Tafnut's naivete is a mirror of one of the most annoying US populus' personality traits. I usually refer to it as wearing red-white-and-blue goggles, but sometimes I wonder if you guys are not pursposely trying to deny facts out of patriotism. Mindboggling it is...Tafnut...the stats are there (~10% of US highschool athletes are roiding) and most of them are at least dual sport athletes. You have a responisbility to teach your boys and girls to do the right thing...are you? Are you educating them about "winning at all cost" fair play ethics etc? I doubt it.