Equal Playing Time

The debate about equal playing time is in fact a debate about the value of inclusion in sport. At the heart of the value of inclusion is the belief that anyone who wants to play sport should have the opportunity. This would include access to fair try-outs, equipment, facilities and teams. Any version of fair sport requires that each participant gets fairly considered based on his or her merits. Within the value of inclusion sits the issue of playing time. One way of being inclusive is to ensure that all team members play the same amount of time in a game or, alternatively, over the course of a season all team members have roughly the same amount of playing time. That is, in both instances, if you make the team you get to play.

The CCES encourages Canadians to take a closer look at this hot button issue in community sport. As more and more community and school sports teams incorporate various versions of “equal playing time” into their competitive programs, perhaps we are seeing a subtle shift that will serve to instill character in our kids and increase our opportunities for excellence.

See Also...

The Creation of Fair-Play Sporting Divisions in Newfoundland & Labrador High School Sports

Twelve students are chosen for a high school basketball team, but only eight play...ever. With the exception of a few minutes at the end of a game easily won against weaker opponents, they simply do not play. How is this fair to the four athletes who spend their season on the bench?

Opinion Piece - Peterborough Examiner

Peterborough, along with many other communities, is in the midst of a discussion about the nature and values of sport.

Actively Engaged: A Policy on Sport for Women and Girls (Government of Canada)

Canadian Heritage is committed to a sport system that provides quality sport experiences, where women and girls are actively engaged and equitably supported in a full range of roles.

Equal Playing Time in Youth Recreational Soccer (Pickering Soccer Club)

Equal playing time is in the best interest of not only the athlete, but also the coach, the organization, and the sport itself