I've always been dismayed about attempts by parents to "level the playing field," in the competition of life. But we should not be surprised that the society rushes to teach false doctrine through athletics. In many athletic programs, especially the parks and rec kind, egalitarianism is rampant. Winning and losing are not important. What matter in their minds is every child comes away feeling good about themselves. The problem is this false empathy is sometimes taken a spiritual and a non threatening approach. While it's true the competitor should put their best effort thereby glorifying God showcasing the talents He blessed them with above the goal of winning, life demands that we win in almost every activity. To teach children it's okay to lose, insinuates that their best effort isn't required. Who does that serve? It certainly isn't our Creator.
Not once in the scripture is there a hint that athletic competition is considered immoral or sinful. Just something to think about for the next time a well meaning board tries to "make things fair."