Lately on this site there has been numerous threads about how todays kids are soft, have entitlement issues, etc. They have been discussed and that is not what I wanted to talk about.
It seems a lot of people tend to bring up getting participation trophies as one of the reasons kids are soft and what not. Are these trophies that big of a deal? All my kids got these in t-ball and coach pitch leagues. When they moved on to kid pitching teams and didnt get a trophy when the team didnt deserve it, not one time did they ask "where is my trophy?" Now, I think my kids are pretty cool, but they arent the most well adjusted kids int he world. I dont see them getting these trophies as affecting the way they think about things. Seems silly that a trophy would pollute your mind into always expecting something for nothing. Hell, you participated, so you did do something.
While I am at it, is it a big deal if teams use a continuous batting order instead of batting 9 for leagues under 14 years old? Is it bad to have open substitution for these same leagues? I have never known these to cause problems either.
But I could be wrong. What do I know, I played football in high school.