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talbess
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People under 18 should be able to compete in professional sport.

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Agent_Orange
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/20/2012 Category: Sports
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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talbess

Con

Professional sport is no place for younger competitors. They are neither physically or mentally ready to enter a world of hard training and competition. Allowing under 18's to compete in professional sport would restrict some children from having a healthy. normal childhood. Also, what kind of image will this be setting. This would mean that children would be competing in games against adults. It would not only be unfair on the young competitors but also would be hard to take seriously.

I believe that under 18's should not be able to compete in professional sport due to they are not mature enough, mentally and physically. It takes away their childhood and decreases the amount of authenticity or seriousness of professional competition.
Agent_Orange

Pro

Most people reach athletic greatness much before the age of 18. If these athletes want to play and have the skills, why stop them? Of course I am not saying we should have twelve year holds playing in the NFL but several athletes have shown that one can be pro before the age of 18.

Examples include: Olympic gold medalist soccer player, Mia Hamm. Joined the U.S women's national team at the age of 15.
2x NBA Champion Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Former NBA MVP(2004), NBA defensive player of the year(2008) NBA champion(2008), and 14 time NBA all star Kevin Garnett.

These are just few examples of players playing professionally before the age of 18. There's literally hundreds more. I look forward to hearing my opponents counter arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
talbess

Con

talbess forfeited this round.
Agent_Orange

Pro

Ummmm. Extend all arguments
Debate Round No. 2
talbess

Con

talbess forfeited this round.
Agent_Orange

Pro

I win. FLAWLESS VICTORY!
Debate Round No. 3
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