Games, Sports And Athletics

Given this scheme, a manager should not program athletic contests for pre-schoolers, but should acquire room for appropriate play (indoors and out, psychological and physical). For recreational sports, round-robin tournaments should be considered rather than single-elimination formats; and athletics must be recognized for both its beneficial and detrimental competitive potential.

Much of the trouble surrounding programming (abusive coaching, and parent and spectator violence come to mind) is related to the conflict between philosophy and intent – when folks are watching or coaching a sport or a game, but treat it as an athletic competition, which is by definition more competitive. For managers, there should be no “play”-ing around…unless you mean it.

Kim S. Uhlik is Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at San Jose State University, where he coordinates the Leadership and Administration emphasis. He can be reached via e-mail at

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