Pros and Cons of Co-Ed games and mixed team sports

Pros and Cons of Co-Ed games and mixed team sports
One of the most important goals of amateur team sports is to get non-professionals to play their favorite sport in organized leagues. That goal is achieved only when the players can exercise, have fun and enjoy the games safely. To get there, amateur sport leagues are organized by level of play and/or by age group. In each division, we usually have men’s leagues and women’s leagues. However, in many adult divisions there are an increasing number of Co-ed or mixed leagues; these include both men and women and are rapidly gaining popularity.
In Co-ed or mixed team leagues, each team must have a minimum number of players of the opposite sex on the field at all times during the game.

Based upon our vast experience running and playing in Co-Ed leagues and Co-Ed drop in games in various cities and countries around the world with ShowUpAndPlaySports, we are going to answer the following questions:

Here are the Pros, Advantages, and positives of Co-Ed Games or mixed team sports:

Good Fair Play:

  • Players behave more responsibly when they play with or against the opposite sex. Most Co-ed leagues are recreational and it obliges stronger players to be less aggressive than when playing with players of the same sex.
  • Co-ed games bring out the best in players from both sexes: There are fewer complaints, almost no trash talk and very few fights in comparison with same-sex games.
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  • Co-ed games encourage men to develop more patience. Women benefit by improving their skills and strength to keep up as men are generally faster and stronger players than women.
  • Fair play in Co-Ed games is very good and always above average, as men do their best to be seen as gentlemen and women do their best to be seen as nice.

Fewer Injuries

  • There are generally fewer injuries in Co-ed games compared to same sex games. Stronger players either make a conscious effort to slow down, or do so subconsciously when faced with players of the opposite sex.
  • Co-ed leagues are very social because they represent both sexes and are more representative of the society.
  • The speed of the game is always acceptable and enjoyable. At a given skill level, Co-ed games are generally slower than men’s games and faster than women’s games.

Social and Openness

Pros and Cons of Co-Ed games or mixed team sports

Despite all the nice things said above, Co-ed games or mixed teams also have some disadvantages. Here are the cons, advantages and negatives of CoEd games or mixed team Sports:

    Less Efficient, Players availability:

  • Some teams have difficulty finding the requisite number of players of the opposite sex and end up losing the game by default because of it.
  • When Co-ed teams are lacking in players of a specific sex, the few players available are obliged to play much longer than usual. They are often very tired by the end of the game and team performance generally suffers for it.

Lack of Quality:

  • Many men, who are usually faster and stronger than women, get frustrated when they face women and find they have to slow down. They may end up not enjoying themselves and may also feel they can’t express themselves fully.
  • Women can experience frustration as well. Often, they are not taken seriously during the game by men who are afraid of hurting or overpowering them.
  • The fact that players in Co-ed leagues try to be gentle with one another can affect the game in a negative way. More competitive players might not enjoy the game as much.

Severe Injuries:

  • Injuries that occur when weaker players try to perform at the same level as stronger players of the opposite sex can be dangerous.
  • Some players who don’t understand the game and get invited just to fill the quota sometimes don’t understand the concept of tackle, shield, advantage, “First to the ball” and can create injuries by doing things that the opponents are not expecting. It sometimes results in very bad injuries.


  • The potential attraction between players of opposing sexes can sometimes create conflicts and jealousy from other players and this can affect the game negatively.
  • Some players go to specific teams just to court other players from the opposite sex and the game is not their priority. This can affect the game negatively.
  • Some players can be rejected by a love interest in the same team and they don’t always cope well with the rejection. In those cases, the atmosphere of the team is sometimes ruined and the team ends up losing at least one of the players concerned. When teams lose female members, it is hard to replace them and they end up forfeiting some games by not having enough female members.

– To conclude:

  • I think that Co-ed games or mixed team sports have more positives than negatives. However, I recommend it for mature, older players as they are more likely to have the patience and self-control to enjoy this type of game.
  • On a recreational and amateur level, many sports feature co-ed teams and leagues and it is growing very fast. The most notables amateur sports with co-ed leagues and teams are soccer, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, softball, flag football.
    Official competitions featuring co-ed or mixed teams so far are only limited to ultimate frisbee.
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    Recipe for success in Amateur Sports

    What are the recipe for success in Amateur Sports?

    Recipe for success in Co-Ed amateur SportsAs a long time amateur soccer player, referee, coach and soccer league manager, I have observed players behaviors, compiled statistics about fair play, and most importantly monitored what quality human beings who play Co-Ed and amateur sports have in common.

    Great kids, Gentlemen, and classy ladies who play sports and have a great time doing it are very competitive and very  fair play at the same time.

    The fair play or sportsmanship checklist below highlights what they all have in common and is the recipe for success in Co-Ed and amateur sports:

    • They arrive at the game on time and don’t leave before the end of the game unless it is an emergency or they have suffered an injury.
    • They dress properly and safely. For soccer for example, they wear indoor shoes for indoors, outdoor shoes for outdoors, shin pads, long soccer socks, soccer shorts and tee-shirts or soccer jerseys. They don’t wear rings, chains or any other unsafe objects that can hurt themselves or their teammates or opponents.
    • They respect the referee or game organizer no matter what decision they take.
    • They respect all their team-mates and opponents.
    • They don’t argue with the referees and they don’t argue or complain about the rules of the game.
    • They play hard, but aren’t too aggressive, especially when they are facing slower or weaker opponents.
    • They stop the action whenever a player is down. They help team-mates who are down injured.
    • They don’t dismiss or talk down to players who are not playing well, they encourage them instead.
    • They call their own fouls and don’t waste time arguing about a call.
    • They applaud great play or great goal even if it is scored against them.
    • They control their temper, They don’t use “F” word or any other derogatory word; they are respectful towards everybody involved in the game.
    • They don’t insult anybody and never start a fight no matter what.
    • They always make sure that everyone is ok after a contact.
    • They play with the mercy rule in mind: If their opponent is too weak, they are not going to keep scoring for the sake of scoring. They will slow down and even let their opponent scores some goals on them to try to balance the game.
    • They are always positive, always smiling whenever they play well or not, and they don’t take themselves too seriously in a good way.

    I have also noticed that people who are competitive and follow the checklist above when they play sports are most of the time very successful and live a very peaceful and happy life.

    Read this excellent post about great example of Fair Play in Sports on Quora.