In John Stockton's book, Assisted, he articulates EXACTLY what competition should be about: BEST EFFORTS! "...concentrating on the QUALITY of your performance is the essence of competing. Winning makes it fun, and if you master competing, you will win most of the time. The preparation process makes the experience fulfilling. No preparation means no foundation to build on in the future. Additionally, it is hard to build character or inner strength without demanding regimens, hard work, and trying times on the practice floor. Often, in today's model of equal playing time without REFERENCE to practice or performance standards, I think kids are robbed of tools to confront life's real circumstances. Competitive athletics should be a metaphor for real life. In today's world, we seem to be skewing the relationship to our children's disadvantage by making rules that bypass the investment and go directly to the dividends....Self confidence is earned by accomplishing things through our EFFORTS-things previously beyond our reach.
As John Stockton points out, it is naive to think that shortcuts will assist your team and the individual. Just as it is shortsighted to think that the saying"Just Win Baby" will lead to long term success. It doesn't. THE BOTTOM LINE: What do you get when you avoid hard work, the pain of losing, and suffering? WARMED OVER SOUP!!!