I saw the above infographic on Twitter yesterday (@LBfutbol) and it got me thinking about coaching youth soccer here in the states. In America, I feel that we live in a society that places a large emphasis (and value) on rationalization and specialization. These two movements intersect in American youth soccer in a number of significant ways.
- Does it not make sense for parents to get their son/daughter playing soccer from the earliest age?
- Is it not logical for them to desire a safe and structured playing space for their son/daughter?
- Should parents not want the “best” coaching possible?
- Is it not logical that these parents want coaches with playing pedigree and coaching “qualifications”?
- Does it not make sense that those coaches who have playing pedigree and coaching qualifications (badges, diplomas, licenses, etc.) should want to be well compensated for their time?
- Is it not right, then, that parents should demand “quality coaching” as a return on their investment?
- Do many coaches not feel the need to “perform” their coaching role to justify their position?
- Is not a large part of this performance “doing” something, “saying” something?
- Is this a good use of practice time?
- Given the attached infographic, would coaches be preparing their players for the games more by allowing their players to play more?
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