I was at some of the competitions for girls and boys football over the last 2 weekends, and while I think there is merit in introducing proper competitive football/hurling at some age, I do think 13 is a bit too young to heap these pressures on these boys and girls.
Don't get me wrong, a lot of the pressures come from the mentors and parents, and the kids pick up on it, I just feel, we could be losing players by the disappointments and the sadness crested in losses and the reaction of the supporters. I personally don't relish the prospect of my own kids playing this competition (yet) as a parent, and even with my coaching head on, I still feel we're alienating a lot of kids by the pressures applied during this competition. When I coached a kids team over 13 years ago through feile, I didn't feel this way, but then again, I don't think we applied any pressures on the lads above the normal game pressures. It's certainly change now, it's practically a cauldron of pressure on the kids. It has to have some negative effect, in the long run.
Have any of you any thoughts? Or am I just an over protective parent?