For those school districts that can afford to offer them, modified sports (school sports for kids in 7th and 8th grade) seem to present more problems than solutions. Routine concerns include: too many kids on a team…not enough playing or practice time….questions about whether winning is the top priority….the expense of coaches, refs, transportation, etc.
Ultimately, wouldn’t it make more sense for schools to simply offer after-school intramural programs? Not only would all the kids get a decent amount of playing time, but you wouldn’t need to worry about cuts, coaches, and so on. Intramural programs are overseen by a teacher or two who observe the action just to make sure nothing gets out of hand, but invariably the kids run their own teams, whether it basketball, volleyball, soccer, etc.
In my mind, intramural programs are definitely worth considering. Too many middle schoolers and their parents go over the top when it comes to modified sports programs. At that age, it’s more about the kids playing and enjoying themselves. Winning becomes more of a top priority in high school, not at age 12 or 13. Agree? Disagree? Let me know.