This chapter examines competitive chess, soccer, and dance to describe the contemporary structure of competitive children's activities. Chess is an inherently competitive event as it pits one player in a contest against another, producing a winner and a loser if the game does not result in a draw. The world of children's competitive chess magnifies the intensity of this inherent rivalry and ... [Show full abstract] formalizes it into rankings and ratings at regional and national tournaments. Furthermore, soccer competition is particularly fierce when a state cup tournament hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, competitive dance is a for-profit competition, which incorporates a variety of dance styles such as jazz, tap, and lyrical/contemporary.