Today’s generation of kids are so mentally weak and soft, it is a wonder how they function and survive.
Pampered, indulged & spoiled this generation have all their needs entertained & met
The main cause of this derives from parents, fussing and cajoling over their kids every need and desire.
This behavior is most evident amongst youth soccer players within America. A working class sport everywhere in the world, where individuals place jumpers for goal posts, and play huge games over areas with no perceived boundaries or markers. Yet in the US FOOTBALL has been turned into a bourgeois and pompous upper class sport.
Expensive fees to join clubs and teams, pricey equipment such as jerseys and boots, and over priced individual training sessions to accommodate the wishes of over bearing parents. Are a few factors that contribute to this dilemma.
Hard working, tough nosed, working class kids are lost to the cheaper more accessible basketball courts and grid iron fields. Soccer looses the determined, resilient, tenacious & uncompromising athletes, but retains the affluent, bratty & impudent youngsters.
America has some of the greatest athletes in the world, yet none of them play soccer.
- Micheal Jordan
- Jerry Rice
- Barry Sanders
- Jesse Owens
- Joe Montana
- Mike Tyson
- Andre Agassi
- Floyd Mayweather
- Micheal Vick
- Lance Armstrong
- Micheal Phelps
- Dwayne Wade
- Kobe Bryant
- Lebron James
- Alex Rodriguez
- Reggie Bush
Parents who overindulge or spoil their kids, leave them unprepared & with a low tolerance for stress. Spoiled athletes make poor competitors because they truly can’t tolerate the stresses of competition. Life has been too easy for them to build any emotional strength and resiliency.
And soccer is full of them, and it starts at a very young age.
An overprotected individual has had life to easy! Daily encounters with “environmental yeses” stemming from parent’s create weaknesses.
Never coming across no, presents a lack of confrontation or investigation. Hence, when an individual affronts the barrage of noes during a competition, they will find the stimulant to challenge this out of reach and too threatening.
This current generation of youth soccer players, College soccer players & even top level professionals within US Soccer. Have been groomed and served by parents who have built them up to believe the sun shines out of their backside! – attributed with an arsenal of superiority and a unrealistic view of their ability. This group refuses to listen, finds difficulty with instructions, & ultimately falls short when confronted by challenge!