Sports Doc Minute: Controversy Over Participation Ribbons

One complaint I regularly hear is how over-the-top we have become in youth sports by providing every kid with a “participation” ribbon or medal designed to help boost self-esteem.  Critics argue that simply participating isn’t anything to reward, and that by doing so you actually water down the value of the awards more accomplished and successful kids earn.  I have listened to this argument countless times, and while I respect this view, I simply do not buy it.

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