It was on the news last night and it’s got over 3.5 million views on YouTube already as of today. It’s the trick play that a junior high school football team ran against their opponents to score a touchdown. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:
The kids involved are about 13 years old. The refs ruled the play legal and the touchdown stood. The question is: if a similar play existed in soccer would you, as a coach, think it appropriate, worthwhile and/or ethical to teach your players to do this.
Is this developing young players to get better at their sport or is it contriving to find ways to score unearned points? Is it harmless fun that creates a great memory? Is it creative coaching? Is it something that illustrates the difference between the sport of football and soccer? Is it illustrative of the different approaches to kids sports in the U.S. and Canada?