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Why Do We Cut Kids From Teams?

I was talking to a friend of mine Thursday morning.  She
told me about her son, who had gone out for his high school
water polo team.

He wasn’t a good enough swimmer and the coach had
cut him from the team.  He was discouraged and never
went out for a school sport again.

First, I was surprised because usually water polo is
aching for athletes.  And it’s such a tough sport that
a lot of kids will quit after the first year.

But then I got mad.

With obesity rates in our schools soaring, with sitting
on your duff and playing video games becoming the
new form of recreation, why punish a kid by telling him
he’s not good enough to play?

Schools are there for the kids.  They aren’t there
for just the athletes, or even the best athletes.

My solution…hire more coaches.  Have recreational
leagues for the kids.  Make cutting from sports teams
a thing of the past. 

Like the inquisition.

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The Last Lecture and Sports I

I was watching “The Last Lecture” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo)
the other night.  It’s one of the most viewed videos on youtube.  There’s
also a book too.

Briefly, it’s a speech by a university professor who has terminal cancer. 
It’s about having dreams and achieving them.  Something right up
almost everyone’s alley.

One of stories is of his football coach who came to practice
without footballs.

Huh, you ask?

Well, there’s 22 players on the field at a time, and only one
person can touch the ball at any given time, so he decided
to work on the fundamentals that the whole team needed.

This is almost directly from my philosophy of teaching
athletic skills. 

Indeed, there’s a section in the my Build An Athlete  program
for soccer about it.  I explain why it’s critical, even more
important than ball control skills.

I recommend you watch the video.  It’s fairly long (almost two
hours) and a bit of a tear jerker, but there’s a lot there.

My next blog will deal with another coaching issue that
came up.

And maybe later, I’ll mention a dream he had that I
had too.  Maybe…

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Steroids and Eating Disorders

There is a dark side to sports that many parents and coaches
are unaware of.

And this dark side can lead to dangerous consequences.

There are more and more kids that are taking lessons from the pros
and seeking easier and quicker ways to the top.

Boys tend to go to steroids.  Girls tend to have eatting disorders.

Be aware that this is only tendencies.  I know that neither abuse is
limited to one sex.

The best defense is education, communication, and observation.

Be sure to talk to your child about the dangers of steroids and eatting
disorders.

Encourage them to play by the rules and to cherish hard work and effort.

Sports and athletics are great activities to challenge and learn about
yourself.

They shouldn’t be about winning, or putting your life in danger for
any reason.

Any reason at all.

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“Why we should explain why…”

The other night, I was watching my son’s water polo practice.

The coach was doing a real good job of having them work on
fundamentals.

His instructions were clear. His demonstrations good.  And his
advice was insightful. As a matter of fact, I learned a lot listening
to him.

When we got into the car, my son (not the easiest kid to coach),
complained about doing what he was asked.

It didn’t make sense to him.  It seemed to be harder and more
difficult (it was).  He thought the coach was being nit-picky.

So I explained to him why the techniques were important, and
why they needed to be done the way Coach explained.

Instantly, he understood.  It made sense to him and now he’s
ready to go out and master those skills.

Everyone is the same way.  We need to know why we are doing
something.
* Why should we go to practice?
* Why should I work hard?
* Why do I need to move this way?

Once we understand why, we are more motivated to perform.

We are motivated because we know HOW it will help us
get better.

The next time your child asks why, don’t give them the
usual “because I said so”.  Take some time to explain
to them.

I think you’ll have much better results.

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Keep the Knees Bent

I was watching the Lakers/Spurs game the other night.

The speed, agility and coordination of those athletes is
amazing, isn’t it?

One thing I noticed was that most of the players had
their knees bent all the time.

And they were bent a lot. Probably close to 135 degrees
or more.

They were bent when they were on defense. They were
bent when they were running. And they were bent when
they got tired.

Bending the knees allows you to start quicker and to
change direction faster. 

When you’re running, you can stop quicker and then
be ready to jump, cut, or shoot.

Soccer is a lot like basketball.  It takes great agility
and quickness. 

It usually isn’t the fastest person
who gets to the ball first.  It is the person who
moves first who gets there.

When I watch teams practice, they stand with
their legs straight most of the time.  If they practice
this way, they will compete this way.

Work with your team or child to keep their knees
bent.  Encourage them to do it when they are passing,
shooting, or exercising.

Soon, they will have developed the strength to hold
that position for a full 90 minutes.

Do it, and watch their game sky rocket!

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Kids Weight Leveling Off?

There’s a new study by the Center for Diseas Control (CDC), that says childhood
obesity has leveled off. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080528/ap_on_he_me/obese_kids;_ylt=Al7v34BeWbz9Xq8IavWe6zHVJRIF

The CDC points out that they have risen every year for the last 25. 
They say 32% are overweight, 16% are obese and
11% are very obese.

(I’m not sure if these means that 59% of kids are overweight
to varying degrees or if only 5% are overweight). Don’t you hate
statistics?

They think it might be because parents and schools are doing a
better job of nutrition and exercise.

I’m not so sure. I haven’t seen it in the schools or on
the street.  I see more kids overweight in all the public schools
than ever. Especially girls.

I haven’t noticed any changes in public policy or even strong
concerted efforts of education.

It’s more likely a little glitch in the numbers. Or it could
be a genetic issue, and we’re nearing the maximum of our
genentic state.

Either way, it’s not good.

We as a society, families and individuals must learn to
get back to more natural living.  Lots of outdoor play,
lots of natural exercise, and fresh healthy food.

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