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"The school teams operate differently, since 50 kids will try out for 12 spots on the basketball team, you have to cut."

 

There's the rub, you HAVE to cut kids, in a scout troop, all 50 would be members of the troop and all 50 would have an opportunity to advance as far as they want and to do all the activities they want

 

Only 5 can "play" basketball at a time, all 50 can scout at the same time

 

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Injuries. Sports has a higher rate than scouts.

 

In fact one year a b-ball coach warned some girls to not go on a backpacking trip because he needed their ankles for the game next week. I told them to tell the coach their joints would fare better in 36 hours with me than in 1 hour with him.

 

I do try to make it a "both-and" with the youth, but there are a lot of folks - parents included - who make it an "either-or".

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Off subject a bit, and a bit of a soapbox issue with me, but there are so many bad "karotty" schools out there (called McDojo's - google it) be careful. Some warning signs are high testing fees, long contracts, required seminars, black belt clubs, required to buy their gear, lack of realistic contact...

 

Worse than taking your money, many bad schools give a false sense of self confidence. OK, I'll get off the soap box now.

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'82,

 

Oh yes I looked into it. Unfortunately this place is the cheapest in town. Luckily there is no long term contract, just monthly fee. Can stop at anytime, and come back at anytime.

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Interesting...never heard of these. While I'm sure there are some shady "schools" out there it seems that most of the complaints come from the purists who don't believe it can be an activity for youth/families.

 

Will my daughter be able to defend herself in a street fight when she earns her black belt? Probably not, but her (and my) view of the program has always been that this is a "sport" that she can do. And it costs $250 to put your kid into Pop Warner football, so it seems in line.

 

So while it's definitely not a McDojo, it's definitely not a purist martial arts program, but then again we don't care and she is happy with it.

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The bottom line is sports teams are interested in the very best.

At some point in any athletic career, depending on your level of God given ability, and your desire to develop it, you are going to be told to get lost, you're not good enough.

50 kids may want to be the high school star quarterback, but there can be only 1.

50 kids can join scouting, and all can become Eagle scouts if they have the desire.

You can remain in scouting in some capacity for the rest of your life.

Yes, I have actually had kids ask me what the knots on my uniform were for. When I replied that most of them were for adult awards, the shocked rely was..."I didn't know you could be in scouts as an adult".

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"You can remain in scouting in some capacity for the rest of your life."

 

The same is true for sports...we're called Coaches, Referees, Umpires, League Board Members....

 

My biggest challenge? Baseball practice ... I hit 100 baseballs and throw 15-20 pitches to each of my 15 players at each practice.

 

Nobody in the big's throws 225-300 pitches in a 2 hour practice.

 

Where's the Motrin!!!!

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"While I'm sure there are some shady "schools" out there it seems that most of the complaints come from the purists who don't believe it can be an activity for youth/families.

 

Will my daughter be able to defend herself in a street fight when she earns her black belt? Probably not, but her (and my) view of the program has always been that this is a "sport" that she can do. And it costs $250 to put your kid into Pop Warner football, so it seems in line."

 

Yeah, sorry to come off as a snobby purist. That's cool, as long as you have a clear understanding of what you are getting for your money.

 

I only bring it up because easily 1/3 of my students came from other schools, and they always say, "I wish I knew then what I know now."

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You did not come off as snobby and I'm sorry if my reply implied that.

 

My point being that we consider TKD a "youth sports" program in our household so are comfortable with that. For our daughter, who is not real athletically inclined, it has given her better coordination and confidence.

 

But seeing the courses, I have no more illusion than she will be able to take on a grown attacker than I do of my son growing up to become an MLB player just because he's in little league now.

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