When Sports Analytics Hit the Playground

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Re: What to do?
  • 4/22/2017 10:48:32 AM
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Sports for children have gotten to competitive and time consuming, I know if families whose entire lives revolve around their kids sporting events. Family time and other hobbies including just playing independently are not a part of many kids lives. There will definitely be analytics on how these kids adapt to a non scheduled life in adulthood .

Re: What to do?
  • 4/18/2017 5:21:29 PM
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Ariella writes that "...  I've heard stories about parents taking the game much too seriously."

Excessive focus on athletic performance, achievement, and premature career plans has already been described as an "unhealthy obsession" (e.g., see «Our Unhealthy Obsession with Childhood Athletic Achievement»).

Nevertheless, I strongly suspect there are lots of parents out there already monitoring their kids' athletic stats and collecting them in their own databases. The childhood experience most of us once knew has departed and now resides on a distant planet somewhere.

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Re: What to do?
  • 4/17/2017 7:55:32 AM
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There has always been since I can remember in elementary schools the conflict of whether we should be teaching cooperation or competition. I would suspect we should have a little of both and in my personal view maybe a bit more of cooperation. Things though seem to be heading more towrards competition in the world today though.

Re: What to do?
  • 4/9/2017 2:58:43 PM
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But this also begs the question of whether protecting a child's self-esteem ("Everyone's a winner!" Except for you losers.) is still the dominant ethos where teaching, daycare, athletics, etc. are concerned.

Re: What to do?
  • 4/9/2017 2:55:30 PM
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Well, kids don't have to be involved in sports for clueless but well intentioned parents to get on a teacher's case for grading too hard, being too strict, not giving little Susie a second chance, ruining their self-esteem for life, etc.

Clearly, anyone working in a profession or activity dealing with kids should brace themselves for plenty of "feedback."

Re: What to do?
  • 4/5/2017 5:46:16 PM
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Perhaps if the adults do go to the data prediction route, the kids may turn out to be the budding data scientists in the next decade? Interesting to watch how data may in fact be put to use down to the kids's games level sometime in the near future?

Re: What to do?
  • 4/5/2017 4:49:39 PM
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LOL @Terry None of my kids ever enrolled in one of these kinds of things, but I've heard stories about parents taking the game much too seriously. 

Re: What to do?
  • 4/1/2017 5:19:41 PM
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@Seth: "Don't worry about them, honey.  They're just biased."

Re: But...
  • 4/1/2017 5:18:59 PM
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@Seth: Only a matter of time before robot leagues...

Re: What to do?
  • 3/31/2017 8:33:38 PM
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Arguing with sports-minded parents over their children's athletic stats will prepare these data scientists well for the corporate world.

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