Originally Posted by BMC9670
I agree in general, but the flip side is motivation. Athletes like to compete against themselves (ie, the clock) as a measure of improvement. As a former track athlete, we tracked times and distances as a gauge of progress - in addition to competing against others, of course.
I time my kids doing drills and races just for the fun of it - they love it and don't want to stop. They want to see if they can keep beating their time. It's something fun to focus on in a competitive way.
I completely agree that using it to weed out at young ages isn't good. I've seen kids change dramatically in physical ability in just a few years.
If you don't mind when did you compete , what events? Have ever competed at the olympic level or just collegiate?