This hits a little too close to the truth

Wow. While the overwhelming majority of parents I deal with are nothing like this, they do still exist. Whoever wrote it has spent a lot of time around U8 to U10 soccer games…

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5 Responses to This hits a little too close to the truth

  1. J Larkins says:

    Any way to get this posted on every club’s web page? or – even better – as the introduction page when registering kids each year. Unfortunately, many would probably find the mom to be very reasonable.

    • Gregor says:

      Putting it as a splash page before people register would actually be quite funny…as long as we made it clear that this is what we’re hoping to get away from. Bit worried some would not “get it”!

  2. Larry says:

    Gregor, This video is too funny and unfortunately to close to the truth. Being involved in coaching youth soccer in Coquitlam the last few years, I try to always convey to parents that sport development is a marathon not a sprint. Foundational skills are a key component and are often overlooked as people tend to view outcome based success versus input success. The system has improved a lot over the years with the additional of Techinical staff to clubs, but the same parent challenges continue.

    • Gregor says:

      Hi Larry, unfortunately you’re right but fewer people have the patience these days to accept that it is indeed a marathon. Like the animated mother in the video, when it comes to their kids they want the quick fix. Having coached a girls team from U6 to U16 it’s really only been since U14 that enough of them have developed the technical skill, awareness and decision making for the game to become enjoyable to watch and for them to consistently have success on the field.

  3. J Larkins says:

    Gregor – is the answer “more training, less games”? I have heard the argument before, something like the ratio of training to games should be something like 3:1. I always scoffed at the suggestion since participation in community sports always seemed to be premised on games. I wonder if with youth – perhaps U6 to U10 – if we reduced the emphasis on teams, competition and games and moved to basic skills development, technique and a broader group of “games” the emphasized the skills we are seeking to teach … I wonder if we would end up with better soccer players at U11 and beyond? It always seemed odd to me through my micro and mini coaching days – and this is my last year for my youngest – that I spend about 3 hours a week on soccer at those levels – perhaps 1.5 hours on “coaching” and at least 1.5 hours on “administering a game”. That just does not seem to be a very good ratio for teaching for the longer term.

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