* Wish my blog was as good as this one. Good articles and really nice, clean layout.
* Here’s another one I just discovered. The Secret Footballer. Supposedly written, anonymously, by a Premier League footballer. I’ve read a few of his columns and they’re all good.
* For all our complaints about league administration, I’ll say this. If the local leagues were run the same way that some of the girls high school divisions were run, we’d have alienated 80% of the players into quitting by now. My daughter plays on the Grade 10 (Junior) team at her school. There are eight teams in the league but they’ve allowed so much player movement between the age groups, without any sort of general coordination amongst the schools, that her team is in a league that is a complete waste of time. Not only are they undefeated and unscored on but, wait for it……they haven’t conceded a goal kick the whole season (seven games). You can imagine how exciting the games are as the coaches look for ways to keep it interesting for the girls without insulting their opponents.
* In other ‘adults messing up kids sports’ news, my youngest had a baseball game today. I’m not the biggest baseball fan in the world so I’ll try to be balanced here. This was supposed to be an eight team tournament with two teams each from Dunbar, Jericho, Kerrisdale and Little Mountain. It’s an ‘all star’ tournament that saw Dunbar have tryouts to select players for their two teams. My son and one more were the only ones taken from his regular team. The difference in play between his regular team and this team is similar to the difference between BCPL and
Metro, Gold, low Silver. It’s a really big swing. Somehow Little Mountain didn’t get the memo. Might not be their fault. They literally may have not got the info about what this tournament was about but they came with a team that was just a regular team (not an amalgamation of their best players) and was, on average one to two years younger than our team. Net result: a blowout mitigated only by the five run per inning rule and my kid touching the ball four times in a two hour game. Three hits and he got to field the ball once in five innings. Really hoping the other teams we play tomorrow and Monday did get the memo.
So many people, adults, working so hard, as volunteers, to put on these extra things for kids and it gets sideswiped by some bad decision making by one or two others that sees two teams of totally different levels of play facing each other (both in high school soccer and little league baseball). No one enjoys it.
* And while I’m not a huge Anson Dorrance fan, this interview serves up some great quotes and interesting ideas. Such as, “Women are easier to coach but harder to manage. Men are harder to coach but easier to manage.” May be true for men coaching women but it would be interesting to hear a female coach’s perspective on that.