March 18, 2019 12:45 pm
Updated: March 21, 2019 11:42 am

Family Matters podcast: Should schools have a ‘no-cut’ rule for sports teams?

WATCH ABOVE: For many kids, going through school means trying out and being cut from sports teams. But some schools have brought in no-cut programs, giving everyone a chance to play.

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An Edmonton junior high school is embracing a 14-member curling squad and a 37-person basketball team.

The rosters for the junior sports teams at Michael Phair Junior High School have no maximum limit of players, meaning students who want to play are all given the opportunity.

Almost half the school’s nearly 300 students are now on a sports team.

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READ MORE: Why ‘no-cut sports programs’ can benefit students and schools

On the Family Matters podcast (listen below), assistant principal Kim Hordal-Hlewka shares how her school eliminated cuts without eliminating competition.

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However, what about the argument that tryouts build character and resiliency?

Lauren Sulz is an assistant professor at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education. She has been researching the impact of youth being cut from sports teams and shares why she believes students benefit more from playing than the experience of being cut.

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