I don't agree with it, but then again I aslo don't agree with not scoring in the younger age levels either. My DS started soccer this year in quirts, where basically they just 'train' because they are too young for the youngest division, but while being in the club I heard that they do not start keeping score for the kids or playing finals etc until they are around 12. There are whole lessons around being sportsmanship and how to be both a good winner and loser that are getting missed.
How old is your son? Usually in developmental leagues they phase in things year to year because there are a lot of skills involved in the game that need to be learned & you just can't throw out 6-year-olds into an 11-on-11 match with offsides. And in the younger ages, it *should* be more about having fun than about winning & losing, there's plenty of time for competition as they get older. For us, if you start at the beginning, first year (U5) there's no goalie, then they add a goalie but still don't keep score, then in U7 & U8 they have more players on a larger field & keep score but no playoffs, and U9 they add in the offside rule. At U10 they start having playoffs in each 8-team division and U10 is also when the competitive league starts so some of the really good players and teams move to competitive play while some stay in recreational. If you come in at any year, you're pretty much at a place where you can pick up the game easily, it's at your physical & developmental place for your age. I think that's good.
Originally Posted by ange84
The squirts he plays for are the babies 3-5 year olds which I am fine with no real games and scoring. Even when they do practice matches the kids count how many goals though. , One they reach 5 they play for under sixes which are real games and training every week, they just don't count scores or have finals until they are 12. The kids count how many goals though but aren't always taught the skills of being a good sport about winning and losing which I think is wrong. There were kids on DS's team who needed some real lessons in sportsmanship and they didn't get it, apparently calling kids on your team stupid, a baby, useless and various other names as well as not sharing the ball or including the team are things that are tolerated just because they are young. I am pretty anti 'everyone wins, there are no losers' movement I personally think kids are losing out on learning very important skills and when they are introduced it's too late
I'm not sure why you equate not keeping score with creating a bunch of whiny sore-loser brats. That sounds like a big problem with the kind of coaches the league is hiring, and not so much a problem with the rules. Coaches *should* be teaching team spirit, sportsmanship, being a good loser, etc. along with the game skills. Not keeping score from ages 8-12 is ridiculous.