Little Tykes: Superstars At Young Age

March 4th, 2015

This player has the speed, instincts like a pro, ability to be one of the greatest and this kid is not even in middle school yet.  Sports in America are not what they use to be with how athletes are coming into high school already stars and well known among the masses through the use of social media.  Where they are truly discovered, is when they are just between the ages of 5 to 10 years old; before they even hit the 6th grade.  So why are we after these young tyke stars so early? Is competition really ramping up so much that we have to go after these potential future stars so early in their young careers? Who is to blame for this? Is it that parent that highlights them even before their child is one year old? Whomever we lay the responsibility on, its time to see what has transpired to create this new wave of attention to our young children.

Recently, LeBron James came out to media and requested, “We leave his 10 year old son alone.  He’s not available for recruitment at this time.”  LeBron James, Jr; is already being proclaimed as better than his father at his age.  Prince James might have a long way to go, but his name is here to stay and observed by everyone; especially Division 1 top ranked universities.   But LBJ, Jr isn’t the only little phenomenon that is polarized and displayed as a true talent at such a young age in America today.  Esquire Network runs a very well documented and creative outlook on pop warner football with their hit show “Friday Night Tykes.”  Last year, “Friday Night Tykes” debuted and caught everyone off guard and by storm; by displaying how aggressive and intense football is breed into young players at an early age in the self proclaimed home of football: Texas. By the end of the season, not only were athletes shown tested and taking risks at such young ages, but also the competitive, caring, dedicated, and loving treatment of parents and coaches.  Regardless of it all, this series gave a very in depth look at how this cultural norm has existed for decades. The confusion for most, was is the community pressuring and attempting to introduce themselves as the top dogs in football by showing loving compassion for the game and the players; or as, this is the life we live in so either accept it or keep it moving.

Nevertheless, we are all victims and suspects in this new society we live in where the achievement is greater than the risk.  Concussions and long-term health concerns are ever more present than before; but are completely ignored to achieve the goal.  So much so, that with improper treatment to injuries and quality of gear with germs and bacteria that can create infections such as MRSA; are of no concern to some parents and coaches, as long as the victory is the end results.  At the end of the day, these are kids that just want to have fun and enjoy the game in their own way.  Not pressed by the masses to be the next Tom Brady, LeBron James, Venus Williams, Sue Bird, or any other superstar living today expected to impress every hour of every day of their young lives.