A forum to discuss the myriad ways in which adults struggle to find their place in youth sports. I welcome your observations and experiences.
It's not ok to use kids PERIOD. Thank you for sharing this and taking a stand Mark! My new friend!
Mark, I'm trying to understand, what's the issue? Kids have been selling candy, cookies, games, etc. for as long as advertising has been an industry. Is the issue that kids are selling products or that kids are selling bats?
Fair point. What if the kids in the ad were four and five and swinging tee ball bats?
I ate Life cereal because Mikey liked it. I ate Oscar Meyer Bologna because some kid sang a jingle that is still stuck in my head. Who better to pitch tee ball bats than kids.I thought the ad was very convincing - more so then if Derek Jeter were selling it to me. To me they were authentic and some of those kids had great swings.Love the blog - keep making us think about issues in youth sports.
To all: My problem with this is two fold.I have no problem with a kid doing a commercial if it's a lark. I have a huge problem with them doing a professional endorsement, because this contributes to the professionalization of youth sports. I have often said that we are moving toward a world where kids no longer PLAY sports, but DO sports. This is a problem. Play is incredibly important. Find out why at www.movetheory.com, http://drkwame.brown.wordpress.comSORRY FOR THE PLUG Mark! Just want to spread the word. I will continue to promote your blog, it is much appreciated!
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