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10-18-2010, 01:55 PM
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I didn't read it as Jester saying players SHOULD do that. It's just what happens for some when they get super competitive. I just read it as what it is...saying kids should not be doing that, because - for a number of reasons - youth sports just aren't that competitive yet. Firstly, young kids aren't going to get chippy and hack at guys with their sticks because a) the games are tightly enforced, b) people are focusing on the fundamentals of the game and generally the level of play isn't such that your emotions are going to run things, and c) physically, from a maturity level, that level of competitiveness isn't in you as a kid. A kid can be competitive, but unless they just have a bad temper they're not going to have the kind of adrenaline rushes and emotion - and physical power - to do the kind of damaging cheap stuff that competitive players can when it's all on the line for them.
It's not that pro athletes should do that stuff, it's just that - when the level of competition is that high - your emotions get the better of you. That should never, ever happen for kids because of all the reasons I mentioned...it doesn't mean it's okay for adults to do it, it's just absolutely out of place for kids.
Well, the reality is that competition at these levels has these elements... if you're not chippy as a physical defenseman, you're not going to have success in the NHL. If Chris Pronger went out there and played like a Lady Byng candidate, he'd get schooled.
MLB Pitchers need to be prepared to throw at guys... just the nature of the beast at that level.
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