PSSA School Sport


PSSA stands for Primary School Sports Association, and allows primary school kids to try for teams that play between other schools. The process for selection is one that seems to cause angst at many many public primary schools.

Are there any other households out there where PSSA school sport trials cause utter misery?

Sport has the ability, unlike any other activity, to inspire, overcome any boundaries and make defining moments for children, and in the words of the great Nelson Mandela

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of is the game of lovers.”

Having just had PSSA trials at my youngest sons primary school, and the same predictable results, I have kind of had enough – I could have taken a good stab at writing the teams before the trials. The message at the parent information night last night was basicly to suck it up and will be forgotten by Friday. But to give it a go next time. Not sure those who delivered the the message have experienced post PSSA trial stress, the disappointment lives on for a long time and from trial to trial.

So talking to the principal this morning, she said PSSA is an extension activity – just these words gave me a whole new understanding of it. My gripe is not that my son didn’t make it, but they package the trials as a “everyone should give it a go” as in everyone has an equal chance of getting in, when the bottom line is if they do not have a high level of sports skill, there is no chance. I believe they need to change the way they market this to the kids, tell them it is an extension activity and then give us a parents the info we need to either encourage our kids to trial or head them off.

The other problem is that school sport is so boring and the kids see it almost as a punishment. There are so many who do not make it in, I believe they should start a non PSSA sports comp for those who want to play but don’t get into PSSA. After all we should really be fostering this desire to want to be in a team.

Do you have PSSA stress in your house?

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