Shortage of discipline in Vincentian sport

Technical officials are often poor examples for players. They engage in all sorts of conduct that may otherwise have been considered to bring the sport into disrepute and get away with impunity. They are often late and not particularly ready to play fair even as they stand as judges over the players in the course of the competition.
In a very real sense therefore it does appear that our children are faced with very few good examples around them, beginning in the home, to engender within them a strong sense of discipline. Many lack self-discipline. They may well be in the majority in society.
Our young athletes get angry when they lose and are prone to expressing their disgust vocally and in a most abusive manner regardless of who is within ear shot. They break rackets, throw cricket balls away, punch footballs, abuse referees and administrators and withdraw from the sport even if they are talented. They are not students of the sport. They do not take time to read about the sport or about the players who have made it great. They do not follow the development of players and understand the sacrifices that had to be made to succeed.
Many of today’s students seem to have a ‘Nescafe approach’. Everything must work in their favour at once or they quit. They do not like extended practice. Young footballers prefer to take a daily sweat than engage in deliberately structured training yet once on a national team they, too, like the paying patrons, expect that they would have the stamina and the discipline that success requires of them.
Without discipline it is not possible for young people to excel in sport. The Laras, Jordans, Woods – all sporting geniuses – come along once in a while. The rest of the time we are left with mere mortals. Without discipline they can go nowhere.
Parents, teachers, religious leaders, politicians, coaches, officials and administrators are all important stakeholders in aiding our youths to become disciplined individuals. Without discipline they are lost in society. They would make nothing of themselves and that bodes no good for society.
Let us not set up our children. Let us instead work with them, helping them to learn the importance of discipline and what it means to becoming a person.