IN most issues worthy of debate, there are points which hold merit on both sides.
Such is the case with the decision to delay tackling until late in the under-sevens program in Queensland's junior rugby league system.
There are also plans to remove grand finals from the schedule until under-13s.
At risk of being accused of having splinters up my butt, I could launch a spirited debate on both sides of the equation.
THE CASE FOR
You'd think their whipper snappers were already in the NRL, the way some parents carry on from the sideline.
Their sporting dreams weren't achieved so they live vicariously through their children who, in the majority of cases, simply want to have fun with their mates with winning simply a bonus.
Hearing their parents scream negative messages about the opposition, referees or what-have-you must detract from the experience for the children themselves, and only add undue pressure to perform.
There's no doubt the decision to eliminate grand finals is aimed more at quelling the influence of the minority from the bleachers who want to ruin it for everyone else.
Now for the tackling ban.
Serious, long term injuries from tackles gone wrong are fairly rare. But it only takes the odd few for parents, in particular mothers, to have some hesitancy in allowing their children to play contact sport.
Dazed players robbed of their wits when being carried off with concussion is another image beamed into lounge rooms which doesn't help rugby league's cause.
Some may argue that Oztag and touch football are valid options for families who wish to wait until their children are a little older to expose them to tackling.
But they're vastly different games to rugby league. At least in non-tackling rugby league players can practice the basics of the game including drawing and passing, set plays and so forth in a style of play that at least resembles the game.
THE CASE AGAINST
"What are we doing, raising a generation of wimps?"
There's been no shortage of this opinion this week in regards to scrapping grand finals, most notably from Gold Coast Titans hooker Nathan Peats and big name basketballer Andrew Bogut.
You can understand the viewpoint. Sport isn't just about winning or losing, but having a result does teach players valuable life lessons in their formative years.
Kids learning how to be a gracious winner is just as important as important as being a good winner.
Learning how to work as a team, to take advantage of each individual's strengths and being selfless, are qualities we all need on and off the sporting field.
If everyone gets an encouragement award at the end of the season, and the hurt of watching another team accept their grand final medallions is removed, there's little incentive for players to improve at an age when their continued development is crucial.
Similarly for the victors. A grand final win gives players motivation to keep improving and stay a step ahead of their rivals,in order to enjoy that sense of accomplishment and achievement again.
That's a reward for hard work and effort and everyone needs that as a driver, whether it's at work, at school or in life in general.
Whichever side of the fence you're on, we can all agree that ensuring kids are active, enjoying sport and learning valuable social skills along the way is the most important thing.