Competitive juices run high in youth sports across Kansas City - KCTV5

Competitive juices run high in youth sports across Kansas City

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Dr. Andrew Jacobs is a sports psychologist in Kansas City. He cautions parents and coaches to just "let them play." (KCTV5) Dr. Andrew Jacobs is a sports psychologist in Kansas City. He cautions parents and coaches to just "let them play." (KCTV5)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams caused a stir in NFL circles last week when he expressed his opposition towards participation trophies. 

Williams forced his daughter to return a participation ribbon, denouncing something he's calling the "entitlement age." 

In the metro, kids compete to win, even at the early age of 10. 

But every Johnson County mom or dad knows a parent or coach who takes cheering too far. 

"Sometimes you wonder if it's for the kids or if it's really for the parents," said Hollie Moresie, a mom of a soccer player. 

Larry Martel, a referee, says some parents can definitely be too passionate. 

"Some parents yowl and scream at me," Martel said. "I wish they'd stop screaming at their own kids." 

Dr. Andrew Jacobs is a sports psychologist in Kansas City. He's just published a book with the help of professional athletes and trainers. He cautions parents and coaches to just "let them play." 

"The reward should be what they are learning," he said. "I think we're putting too much pressure on kids to win because parents and coaches want to win." 

Jacobs says cheering is great, but parents need to leave the teaching to the coaches. 

Coaches, meanwhile, say their kids want to win. 

"Let me tell you - kids want to win," said Fernando Rodriguez, who coaches soccer. "It's that balance between playing everyone as much as you can and trying to win." 

Jacobs says medals and trophies miss the point. 

"They just end up in a box collecting dust," he said. "What they remember is the experience." 

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