On the US Youth Soccer website, Sam Snow writes: “We believe that youth soccer is too competitive at the early ages, resulting in an environment that is detrimental to both players and adults; much of the negative behavior reported about parents is associated with preteen play.”
The competitive air can cause coaches to focus on the results of games rather than on developing well-rounded and savvy soccer players. Also, it can enable parents to breathe venomous insults on coaches, referees, players, and even fellow parents.When coaching a team a coach has the responsibility to ensure that players and parents understand the values that competition buoys. As these values can take a degree of maturity to understand.
“Everybody loves competition,” said Roberto Gil, the Soccer Director of America Scores. “You get more participation and attendance. The kids try harder. It means more to everybody … Of course this has a downside. Players and parents can get out of hand. And if the competition is not designed well then it might be counterproductive.” Losing teaches you about sportsmanship, about pride, about respect, and about what you need to do to improve as an individual and as a team,” “Learning to compete is valuable, as long as you define competition in the right way. It’s about much more than just winning.”
1. Think and name a great team.
2. What makes that team great?
3. What they have that we have?
4. How can we get what they have?