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Learning how to lose is important, say parents, coach, child

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At the Coverall sports complex in Headingley on Tuesday evening, owner and lifelong soccer fan Fabio Capone gathered some of the 90 kids from his skill-building Head Start program to kick some balls and kvetch about scores. Here's a sampling of some thoughts on the scorekeeping issue:

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'I like the player development part of what they're talking about. I like that they are thinking to keep it recreational. (But) keeping the score is still important... Kids love to see the score, and losing is just as important as winning. It's the standings that put that pressure on coaches, and some coaches in turn put pressure on kids'

-- Coverall coach and owner Fabio Capone, who favours re-examining the standing structure

'(Scoring) is part of normal development. They need to know how to deal with loss. They need to know how to be in the world. It goes back to, well, not everybody's a winner. Why not teach them to lose gracefully?'

-- Dina Hrousalas, parent to 9- and 11-year-old soccer players

'I think that they should keep score. It's good to keep a little bit of competitiveness... It motivates them. If you take that away, you're not motivating your children'

-- Eveleen Winter, whose 8-year-old daughter Jaeleem plays

'I mostly keep track (of the score) in my head. I really want to know what the score is if we win or not, because if we lost, I want to know... (If we lose) I'm still happy, I tried my best'

-- Jaeleem Cox, 8

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2011 B1

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