When I came across this article at first, I was appalled? Who would seriously do this? Purposely wait a year to start your child into school, so they will have an advantage in sports when they grow up??? Link to the Article HERE from ABC News .
But the more I thought about it, the more I thought "Hmmm...it's either crazy or genius!"
Okay, besides just not being "Morally" the correct thing to do...what is really wrong with this? Here are the 3 reasons why I think it might be a good idea:
1-Since child is more developed, they have a better chance of being successful in whichever sport the parent chooses for them to participate in. I am a firm believer in that being in sports (or any extra-cirrucular activity that you learn sacrifice, teamwork and dedication) helps build a foundation for a successful future. So if the child is successful in the sport, they will be more likely to "stick thru" it and play it throughout high-school. I believe this may help them be successful later in life.
2-You want your child to be GOOD! Nothing is worse for parents than going to "watch" your kid play, and he/she is stuck on the bench the entire game. By having a slight age advantage, they may have have a better chance of being successful and actually PLAYING, making your long road-trips in the middle of the night back from road-games waaaaaay more worth it.
3-Saves parents MONEY! By "redshirting" you may also increase your child's chances of being good at the sport he/she/you decided to play and earn a college scholarship! C'mon, admit it, every parent who has a young child play sports has at least a SMALL glimmer of hope, even if they would never admit it, that your child just MIGHT be your meal-ticket when they get older. Or at least save you a few hundred thousand in college money!
See, either I'm the smartest parent...or the worst parent in the world. Please comment below :)