The challenge is that the distinction between professional & youth sports is becoming increasingly blurred.
Our soccer club in downtown Manhattan has a coaching staff from across the world, reflecting the diversity of New York City. It is no surprise that there are a wide rage of opinions as to how to approach winning. The one thing we all agree on as coaches is that we don't like to lose. It hurts. It stings. Winning is important to us; whether in soccer, Old Maid or ping pong. Nobody enjoys to lose.
To kick off the debate that surrounds winning & losing, it is important to be very clear that youth sports is different to professional sports. Pro sports are all about winning championships, selling tickets and filling stadiums. It is about winning at all costs. Setting a good example for young players is certainly not top of most professional team's agenda.