War of the Words: is it so bad to bench?

Bench riders have to man up

By Eric Wilkins, Staff Writer

In sports, some players are better than others. As a result, certain players will get more playing time than others. And because of that, it is inevitable that some players will end up on the bench. This is a fact of competitive sports.

I’m not talking about little 10-year-old kids running around playing soccer here, or even a U-16 bronze squad. I’m talking about the top levels. Of course a kid in recreational soccer is going to want to play instead of sitting on the bench. And he should play. But when it comes to serious athletes, there can be no complaints about wherever the coach sticks you.

Moving away from rec sports, where the objective is to have fun, college sports are about winning. Colleges give out scholarships and recruit players so that they can win. You don’t get an extra point in the standings for making every player leave the field with a smile on. You get points when your squad produces results. It doesn’t matter who does it, just so long as it gets done. It’s a harsh reality, but it’s true.

If you make a team that you tried out for, great. Good for you. But don’t expect minutes to get handed to you on a silver platter. Making a team doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed playing time. Coaches will play whoever they think their strongest players are, and put in appropriate substitutes when the game calls for it. While it’s unfortunate if a player doesn’t see the field, there’s nothing wrong with it. Work harder to get noticed by the coach. Figure out what you can do to stand out and find your way into the lineup. It’s not true in every case, but if a player is consistently riding the bench, it can be his own fault.

However, in youth sports, I’m strongly against benching players. I don’t care if it’s a U-14 gold team or a U-18 metro squad. The goal of any youth program, competitive or not, is to develop the players. How can a kid develop if he’s not getting any playing time? There’s only so much one can experience in practice. Game situations are where one truly grows as a player.

I’ve seen some disgusting examples of coaching in my time in sports. Thirteen-year-olds glued to the bench because the coach thinks he’s playing for the World Cup, rather than a gold-painted lead medal. It’s sickening. That’s not to say there aren’t cases where players really don’t deserve to play (if they’re just a passenger on the squad, not putting in an honest effort), but in the majority of situations, it’s absolutely inexcusable to carve out a permanent spot on the sidelines for a player.

There’s no place for ignoring players in competitive youth sports. However, if you’re in college, are a perennial bench warmer, and don’t like it, do something about it. Either pick it up or shut up. That’s just how it is, and how it has to be.

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Benching players not beneficial for anyone

By Josh Martin, Sports Editor

Last weekend, I watched a soccer match and couldn’t help but feel sympathetic towards a player that sat the entire game. There he was: sitting on the bench as a substitute player, waiting for his name to be called to play in the game.

But it never came.

His team battled back from behind in the second half in a valiant effort, tied it, and then eventually scored another goal to take home the win. When the game ended, he walked over towards his parents—who were there to support him—and exchanged some words, looking visibly upset. I asked him how he was doing and he replied, “Well, I haven’t played all year.”

At that point, there had already been five games. That’s five games that this player has gone to in hopes of playing, but instead rode the bench.

I don’t know the entire story and relationship between the player and the coach, but when you see that in college soccer, it’s just sad. If there is a tryout process and a team is made, then everyone should get the opportunity to play. I understand if the athletes are professionally playing in an elite league, but when you see guys at the college level being benched the whole game and not even getting a shot, it seems like you should have just saved them the trouble and not allowed them on the team.

Everyone wants to participate, everyone wants to be included, and if you make the team then you should be assured you are going to be playing. Zero games played out of five is unacceptable.

“Everyone has a role on the team,” is just an excuse for coaches to abuse their players in whatever way they want. In this situation, I guess this player’s role would be to warm up the bench. Great philosophy. There’s only so much one can do in practice to prove they’re ready to play in a game. You have to give that player some playing time in an actual game, even if it is just five minutes, or how else are they going to improve?

So why doesn’t the player just quit? Well, it’s a lot more complicated than that.

Being a part of a team is an honor. You walk around the halls with your head held high and your chest puffed out. These athletes are respected among the school community just for being a part of the team. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, these athletes represent you. With that on the line of the decision, along with pride, it makes the decision extremely difficult. No one is going to give all that up because they’re not getting enough playing time in games, no matter how difficult the situation.

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    The probiotics will stay alive for a very long time, a mandatory trait that is
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    Many companies will sell dead bacteria to non-informed clients, with their defense being simply the fact that the
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    What Are the Ingredients in Perfect Biotics?

    As we’ve mentioned before, the website does a good job at presenting all the
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    Quality probiotics shouldn’t contain this type of ingredients,
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    of the bacteria. These are rice maltodextrin, anhydrous dextrose, vegetable
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    the bacteria, but nothing is mentioned about the product
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    like in the case of many other supplements. Given that
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    And in this case, we have no idea what that is, and it would be mentioned it were vegetal, but most
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    The bacterial strains included in this product are:

    9 species of Lactobacillus (acidophilus, plantarum, rhamnosus, casei, salivarius, bulgaricus, paracasei
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    5 species of Bifidobacterium (lactis, breve, bifidum, longum and infantis)
    one species of Streptococcus, which is theromophilus. This last probiotic has a name that makes
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    This seems rather unusual given that antibiotics are known to kill probiotics, and it’s recommended to always use this good bacteria along antibiotics just to make sure that their numbers stay the same, but probiotics generally help the
    immune system.

    A lot of research has been conducted on probiotics ever since
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    (when it comes to the bacteria that is ingested through supplements), we
    do know that some species will help not only in the affections
    of the digestive system but also in seemingly unrelated
    health problems. Out of the more than 500 bacteria
    species that we naturally host in our bodies, some are very helpful
    and work well when ingested from supplements, starting with Lactobacillus,
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    other species of Lactobacillus are also very efficient in all types of intestinal disorders,
    with bulgaricus (also included) being able to help with lactose intolerance.
    Also, this species of bacteria is the only
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    Another strain of Lactobacillus included in this product is casei, which
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    and constipation. And L. salivarium has similar effects, but also
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    paracasei might have similar benefits. Studies performed on rats have proven this strain to be effective against a bacterial
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    The Bifidobacterium strains included in Perfect Biotic are
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    B. brevis on the other hand, the next strain,
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    need it and benefit from ingesting it.

    Then we have B. bifidum, which is the most common probiotic
    found in the human body but at the same time very
    easy to kill through antibiotics. It helps in preventing E.

    coli infections, and it should always be supplemented when using antibiotics.

    B. longum is also common but it seems to have unusually beneficial properties, as
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    And the last strain, B. infantis, is commonly found in breastfed babies and also has very powerful effects.
    It can prevent salmonella and E. coli infections, but it might also help
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    Is Perfect Biotics Safe?

    Given that the product only contains probiotics, the only side effects that might be caused
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    Some people experience bloating, nausea, upset stomach, and other disorders for a few days after beginning
    the treatment, but the symptoms clear out once the body adjusts.

    But probiotics can also trigger allergic reactions, and all supplements of this type should be used with a doctor’s approval.
    Each person has individual needs when it comes to probiotics, and just because a product looks promising it doesn’t mean that it
    will work well or that it’s fit for everybody.

    Because Perfect Biotics doesn’t include other substances but probiotics it’s also fit for
    children. But in this case, a doctor’s approval is mandatory,
    even if probiotics have been proven to work best
    for young patients. It should be kept in mind that although good bacteria will mostly bring positive changes, it does
    have the potential of becoming dangerous in very
    sensitive or sick individuals. Like all microorganisms, it could spread
    and act where it’s not supposed to, so potential users with serious health issues need to make sure that
    the product is not dangerous for them before starting the treatment.

    Perfect Biotics Benefits?

    It looks like this product can only help, as it’s clearly able to improve digestion, boost the immune system, decrease
    lactose intolerance and prevent dental issues along with many
    other benefits. And because it contains such high amount of probiotics,
    it will most likely act faster than many other similar supplements, and help even in very problematic digestive disorders.

    It will also stay fresh at room temperature, so this particular probiotic doesn’t need special care and can be used whenever you might need it.
    But one serious advantage that Perfect Biotics has over other products is the high CFU count in a single capsule.
    All 30 billion organisms will be ingested at one
    time, and this is recommended to be done only once a day,
    before breakfast. Users will only have to remember it in the morning, so it doesn’t involve
    much hassle.

    Why Choose Perfect Biotics?

    This product looks very promising, and so does the company
    behind it. As far as we know, Perfect Biotics is manufactured in good conditions and contains a high
    enough number of strains and individual organisms to be very effective.

    Also, the bacteria is alive at the time of the ingestion and
    packed in dark amber glass bottles that guarantee it’s
    protection from light. And judging by the general opinion, customers seem to
    like all products manufactured by the company.

    Probiotic America looks to be very new but already has happy customers, and it’s Twitter account (the only social platform that
    they’re active on) seems to prove it. The account was created in June but already has over 900 followers, so it’s safe to assume that the
    products don’t commonly generate complaints.

    And the way the products are marketed also helps this company’s image, as it seems
    like they become available one at a time, with lots
    of research between releases. Perfect Biotics was the first and
    gave the impression that the company might not be legitimate (as many scammers focus on only one product), but soon it became obvious that
    they’re planning on developing an entire line of supplements.
    Meanwhile, another supplement based on probiotics was released,
    and 5 more blends have been announced.

    Actually, one pleasant surprise hidden in the “terms and conditions” section of the Probiotic America website is a disclaimer which states that the products are constantly modified and improved,
    and different batches of the same supplement might
    have different properties. This is a good sign for the company standing behind the products and
    constantly trying to make them more effective, so it seems like they’re off to a good
    start. They also managed to avoid all the issues commonly associated with companies that sell their product on the internet, as they
    disclose all the necessary information about the supplements,
    are easy to contact and don’t hide important information in the user agreement.
    They do seem to have an auto-shipping program, but it might not have anything in common with the
    practice that internet shoppers hate the most, as we’ll see next.

    Where Can I Buy Perfect Biotics?

    You can buy Perfect Biotics through the official Probiotic America website, at the price of $39.95 for a bottle containing one
    month’s supply.

    Two discount packages are also available,
    with the one containing 3 bottles being sold for $101.87, and the other, which includes six, being priced at $189.36, with the latter reducing the individual price to a
    little over $30.

    Shipping and handling for $4.95, but only when ordering one bottle.
    Larger orders come with free delivery, but at this time, the company only ships to the US.

    Judging by some of the information in the user agreement it seems
    like things are going to change at one point, but one feature that should stay the
    same is the 90-day money back guarantee that applies
    to all products.

    Given that Perfect Biotics’s effects should start being noticed in around one month, it
    seems like this period is enough for customers to evaluate the product.

    And then there’s the auto-ship program. There is no sign for it on the order
    form and we weren’t expecting to find anything of the kind in the
    user agreement, but it seems like it does exist, and it functions in a manner that makes it very different
    from the usual money making scheme. This program is only available
    for customers located in the US, which shouldn’t be necessary to mention given that the company only ships in this area, but it’s proof that Probiotic
    America is planning on expanding their business somewhere in the future.
    And the auto-ship program doesn’t actually function yet either (we believe, as nothing
    in mentioned on the order form and legally it should if this was the case), but when it will finally be available it will be optional and allow customers to choose the exact schedule of the deliveries.
    They will take place once every 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 days, and the
    website also mentions that each delivery will be notified to the customer after processing.
    The clients will be able to change the settings of the program by logging into their accounts,
    and cancellation will be accessible at any time. It really is
    made to seem like this system works to the advantage of the customer, as it should given that this was it’s initial purpose before being used by scammers.

    In the end, Perfect Biotics looks to be as good as it
    gets when it comes to supplements marketed through the internet, and even with the auto-ship program, it seems like the company has the best intentions.
    Hopefully, customer reviews will surface once the line of products is expanded, and we’re expecting to hear about positive experiences.
    This is a paid, third-party advertorial. The author receives compensation from the manufacturer of this product.

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