BLC has a credo: “Where Sports Are Done Right” – – and it drives so much of what we are about.
As you know, youth sports today in the USA has come under much scrutiny of late with many recent trends and practices being challenged and debated. It certainly is not a straightforward or simple subject.
The following article, from the Washington Post, is a very thought-provoking view on the emerging issues and is in concert with much of the BLC viewpoint. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/06/01/why-70-percent-of-kids-quit-sports-by-age-13/) We hope that you will take the time to read it and, as always, we welcome your thoughts.
The value of sports is neither black nor white, (all good or all bad)– but usually involves shades of gray; not versus green! At BLC, we spend much time in thinking through and then enacting an appropriate sports philosophy in which the intensity of instruction and competition are based on many factors– age being a significant one.
We are always conscious of making our instruction of high quality by not having big differences in ability levels within each teaching group. We are also careful not to “label” our campers with a certain skill level, form permanent varsity teams or limit opportunities for any boys to participate in a sport until the Senior Camp. Even then, we do so infrequently and with care as well as sensitivity.