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  1. Craig Haworth says:

    Great insights, appreciate you documenting your findings on the pitch.

    If 85% of coaches are bad – one solution: don’t have kids playing for so many teams so early. Freeplay/pick-up games doesn’t have coaches and allows kids the freedom to learn and make mistakes without an adult hounding them.

    Your thoughts?
    Thanks again for the great post.

    • Dean Holden says:

      Craig, I agree. Free play to even limited structure like SAGs with boundaries/restarts but no ‘coaching’ are fertile grounds for creativity!

  2. Chris Black says:

    Craig, oddly… a lot of parents and kids don’t want to do it. The parents especially want the structure. As for kids, drive through your neighborhood, how many kids are outside alone with a ball?

    I run a Pre-K (3-6 year olds) “camp” on 5 consecutive weekends. 1/2 hour fun “training” and 1/2 hour game (often shortened by the coaches in favor of Simon Says, Sharks & Minnows, etc. (better ball to player ratio and everyone can participate at their pace.) We switch players onto appropriate level of field to promote ability level challenges for the games. Our retention rate to the next session is about 50%, biggest complaint is that there is no “team” and we don’t play long enough games. Fortunately the happy 50% are great at referring friends. Unfortunately we are not retaining a high percentage of the kids with high athletic potential. Yes, you can tell at 4.

    Times have changed. kids need a strength and conditioning coach to work along side their shoe tie coach, or else they will be stuck in Velcro shoes for life.

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