The NCAA has some holes in their drug testing policies and procedures. I myself had been drug tested by the NCAA twice while competing in college athletics. One of the major issues that I see in the NCAA drug testing is that there is not a set in stone list of banned substance. Another issue is see is that it hardly catches cheaters. The NCAA only comes to a certain campus a couple times a year. This means that athletes can be doping in between tests and cycling off the drugs or using cleansers to get clean quick to not fail the test. I have heard of athletes doing this on certain campuses and teams and it works and they don’t get caught. I would like the NCAA to fix these loopholes in the implemented system. A way to fix it is that the NCAA and every NCAA campus has to work together. Because the NCAA can’t administer many drug tests frequently then the campus needs to drug test there athletes. The athletes need to be drug tested monthly and all results be turned into the NCAA. I believe this will be the only way to stop the PED’s and drug use in college athletics.
Youth organize athletics and participation trophies seem to go hand in hand in today’s society. Should children be rewarded for just showing up? In my opinion no. I do not think there is any reason for participation trophies in today’s youth athletics. Giving a child a trophy for just showing up is setting them up for failure later in life. When you give something to a child they didn’t work hard for, didn’t technically earn, you are telling that child that just because they are there that is good enough. We as a society today are creating an entitled generation. The New York Times published an article that stated participation trophies are diminishing the value of winning. I could not agree more, we are rewarding every child not just the winner, because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I’m sorry, but in life you are going to get your feeling hurt, there is someone that will be better at something than you, there are winners and losers and that is just how life works. Parents, coaches and organizers don’t want to see the child fail, and I have a hard time with that. The reason is because we all fail, we all fall short off things that we have set out to do, and we need to know how to handle those times. We need to teach children that failure is okay, because of some of our greatest failure come our greatest victories. When we learn how to except failure we learn how to work harder, be motivated, show determination, and learn from our mistakes and misfortunes. By giving participation trophies we are robbing the young generation on necessary life skills they will need throughout their life.