Strange article at Yahoo news about kids being cut from sports teams. Implicit in the author's tone is that being cut from a sports team is somehow unjust, and that its "subjectivity" is a flaw in the process:
"Thousands of area teenagers suffered last week during high school sports tryouts, an increasingly high-stakes process both coaches and players abhor. As more families invest money into year-round club sports and intensive summer camps in an effort to propel their kids onto top high school teams, the pressure has increased on what remains a subjective tryout process. Because a spot on a varsity or junior varsity team can dramatically impact a teenager's self-confidence and social status, there is little tolerance of mistakes."
"Because of increased complaints from parents, many high school coaches now strive to make cuts more scientific. Until she retired last season, longtime Eleanor Roosevelt girls' soccer coach Kathy Lacey made her players run 1.5 miles in less than 12 minutes to make the team. Mike Bossom, the volleyball coach at Centennial, scores players with a number -- 1 through 5 -- for each drill and then logs the scores on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet."
It seems to me that it's not so much a teenage self-esteem problem as it is an aggressive parent problem. There will always be unjust cuts, and people will always have off days, but I don't think there's a better system than this one.