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Great topic. Fact is, we've taken all the fun out of youth sports.

Compare to when we were kids. Pick-up games after school. No such thing as specialization, we played everything. Went "out" for high-school sports.

Now look at it...kids play one sport year-round. From the time little Jimmy steps on the field, he's a D-1 athlete in the making...it's just a matter of finding the right club, the right coach, the right trainer, and yes, the right school. Money is no object.

As a result, we've produced a "ME" generation, more interested in how many points I scored than how the team did. Not enough playing time or progressing fast enough? Coach's fault. Missed a shot? Damn ref. TON of pressure on the kids...inevitable burnout.

In a number of sports, high school programs are now secondary to clubs. I know for a fact that some soccer clubs forbid their players from playing HS ball.

Long story short, for the amount of time they invest and the little money they make and the CRAP they put up with, coaching just isn't worth it.

Recently I saw a great interview with Geno Auriemma. Every year he calls his girls together and tells them simply, "It's not your fault."

Amen to that.

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Posted: 01/16/2018 at 3:59PM


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