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Several years ago a now retired D1 football HC told me that every year he and his assistant's threw $10 in a pool and each coach picked an upperclass player that they thought would decide to shut it down and cruise through his last year or two, but at the same time become a cancer in the lockerroom, or dorm or campus apartment, by infecting freshmen and sophomores with the same attitude. He said they'd have to cull out the rotten apple before he spoiled the barrel.
In a perfect world, eveyone always tries hard, puts forth substantial effort (wouldn't you expect maximum effort from a scholarship athlete) and does everything they can to help their team. We all know that we live in less than a perfect world, that some people get lazy or distracted or just plain quit. To embrace a system that allows those who would do that the same benefits as the ones who still strive to excel is counterproductive, a disservice to the majority and outright foolish.
We have several systems in society that in recent years have adopted this philosophy. To the detriment of the body, IMO. Not every kid should get a trophy, not everybody who wants a welfare check should get one. Human beings respond to carrot and stick consequences. It can't only be the carrot and it can't be carrots for everybody all the time. You wouldn't train a puppy like that. Why would you condition people that way?
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