Do televised games put too much pressure on kids in the Little League World Series? | The Tylt
The Little League World Series is in full swing, and pre-teen baseball players flood our televisions with their unbridled joy and pain. There is pressure that comes with performing in front of millions of people. Pressure can break a child’s spirit, exposing them to criticism on a scale no pre-teen should endure. But others argue that high-pressure exposure is great for getting them prepared to perform in the big moment, or showing grace in defeat. What do you think? ⚾
Do televised games put too much pressure on kids in the Little League World Series?
When you were 11 or 12, what were you doing? Probably worried about homework, or what another boy or girl thought about you. Now imagine dealing with all that, and having millions of eyes on your every move on a baseball field waiting to see you fail. That is pressure.
Pre-teens face enough pressure performing in front of their coaches and parents when they play in the little league. They don't need the unsolicited eyes of strangers watching them too. Having nationally televised games put way too much mental strain on these kids. This tournament doesn't have to televised. The kids can still get the same experience of competing at a high level without it.
Pressure? By the time these kids reach the Little League World Series, they've already proven they thrive under pressure. These competitors want the exposure ESPN gives them. Having nationally televised games just makes the moment for them more special.
While showing these kids on television glorifies their greatest moments, it also shows their most devastating moments too. The magnifying glass brings lessons they may not get on a smaller stage. Playing on television allows the competitors to get practice performing in high pressure situations, or recovering from heartbreaking moments—both situations they will face when they are older. Playing in that environment is healthy, and the Little League World Series should continue to be on TV.