Originally Posted by Derek Weaver
Maybe it's soccer that's the problem, not the kids losing.
I think teaching young kids touch/flag rugby is a much better way to up general athleticism, foster a competitive spirit and let them see that fitness can be fun. I also think it fits more with the American sports mentality of old. The old adage is, "Rugby is a hooligan's sport played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman's sport played by hooligans." I think the sense of fair play and general sportsmanship that is promoted in rugby is possibly more important to the little tykes than the actual athletic skills.