05 Sep 2013

You Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up

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CBC reports that Midlake, Ontario is beginning to resemble a dystopian fantasy written by Ayn Rand in a bad mood.

With the growing concern over the effects of competition in youth sports programs this summer, many Canadian soccer associations eliminated the concept of keeping score. The Soccer Association of Midlake, Ontario, however, has taken this idea one step further, and have completely removed the ball from all youth soccer games and practices.

According to Association spokesperson, Helen Dabney-Coyle, “By removing the ball, it’s absolutely impossible to say ‘this team won’ and ‘this team lost’ or ‘this child is better at soccer than that child.'”

“We want our children to grow up learning that sport is not about competition, rather it’s about using your imagination. If you imagine you’re good at soccer, then, you are.”

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Jonathan

Actually, it looks like they did make it up. Funny story though.



Scullman

What’s the guy doing in the background? Make believe sports reporter?



Bob Agard

Okay, you got me. I reposted the whole thing here: http://bobagard.blogspot.com/2013/09/remove-ball-and-your-imagination-can.html

I like your blog, and love the title of the blog.



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