Human’s Competitive Nature

Anna McCollister, Journalist

It seems like over the years competition levels have risen. Sports seasons have been extended to where it is not out of the ordinary to practice year round. In order to compete with other teams now during season many sports teams have resorted to having weekend practices. Some teams even practice more than once a day. It is no surprise that the level of play of many sports has risen because of the increase in time dedicated to play. I personally know parents who have signed their 10-year-old kids up for speed training and these same kids also play a singular sport all year round. The question that should be asked is, is this too much? Is competitively training for one sport what we should have all been doing all along or is it detrimental to not only the mental health but also possibly the physical health of many of these upcoming teens? Will these pre-teens be burned out by the time they get to college or even high school? Or will this country just have a better than ever breed of competitive sports enthusiasts? Although no one really knows for sure what will happen, the result of all this competitive training may soon rear its ugly (or beautiful) head. Props to the kids that can still play three sports and be successful, for that is definitely difficult to do in this day and age. Acedemics have also become much more competitive. No longer do the few and far between end up with 4.0’s. National Honors Society consisted of at least more than 50 people this year. For now we will just have to wait and see how kids of future generations fair in these competitive times. It is part of human nature to compete against others and maybe all the extra dedication to not only sports but also aspects of life such as school will improve the entire generation of millennials.