I'm not sure if this is the right section of the fora to talk about this, so feel free to move it if it isn't.
I didn't want to derail the thread about the article on the kid with cancer being picked on in a little league game, so I started this topic.
What age do you think it is appropriate to start keeping score at children's sporting events?
I understand that a lot of people these days think it's a good thing to protect the kids and let them just play for fun, which I have no problems with that, but I think that it's often carried on for a little too long.
I started playing baseball competitively when I was in kindergarten in a coach-pitch league and I feel that it taught me a lot of life lessons, namely, that you're going to lose some battles throughout life, but you're also going to win a lot if you try hard enough. I HATED losing, but you learn a lot more from dissapointment than you do from just playing for fun all the time.
I think that somewhere around 7 or 8 years old is just about the right time to start playing games competitively. How about you?