Cooperation and Competition: Evil Twins

It suddenly struck me that competition can be the evil twin to cooperation. I don’t really know what got me thinking about this; maybe just the state of affairs in the world, from interaction between nations of the world to bad behavior by parents, coaches and sometimes participants in youth sports. It seems to me there is a fine line between the inclusive concept of cooperation and the exclusive nature of competition. When the line is crossed from the former …


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3 comments on “Cooperation and Competition: Evil Twins

  1. Tonya Edwards on said:

    Well said! I think many times in our profession we allow the over zealous parents of our “recreational” sports participants to get too much of our attention. While we need to revisit the mission and goals of our programs.

  2. Jerry Southern on said:

    Good job!

  3. Antonio Murpny on said:

    Very well stated. However I must ask the question why is it now automatically view that competition is the necessary “evil.” I grew up participating in recreational and competitive sports and now have the pleasure of fostering in our youth the same love that I had as a child. What I have noticed as the biggest difference as that during my youth participants were taught and learned how to lose with dignity. Sportsmanship was a staple of participation and as such you learned to put your best effort forwardd every time and if said effort proved to come up a little short then you could take comfort in the fact that your did your best and that there would be another day. As a recreational professional I feel with have bent to this new ideal that winning is the only thing that matters and have lost the practice of teaching good sportsmanship. Moreover I believe when we return to teqaching the value of sportsmanship int e the natural ennvironment that is competition then whe are doing a injustice to the youth whom participate to date as well as the parents whom have lost sight of the the goals that participation in youth sports teach – teamwork, dedication, cooperation, doing your based, and to win or lose with diginity. There I say that competition is not the necessary evil but in fact a part of every aspect of human existence that needs to be accounted for not mitigated away.

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