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Luke, about the article:Youth soccer in the U.S. The constant and harmful misunderstanding.
I think you make some valid points. Parental influence/pressure is an issue in all sports. However, I feel that a key component of youth soccer is the development area. Not all kids that play in league 4 or 5 are they merely to appease the parents.
Structures of leagues especially during the growth period for a player dictate that strength and speed will be key in which kid can play at the highest level.
You tend to find that kids who develop later will start in a lower league until all the joys of puberty and growth spurts occur. This again highlights another intolerance with parents when they cease to realize that their child is a late developer.
I believe that good technique and team strategy can always beat speed and strength. (anyway they are very good characteristics).
I believe that talented soccer players, at any age, even if they are not yet fast and strong, will always find a place on a top team. When I underlined that many kids are not soccer players but just like to play soccer, I was just referring to the fact that they are unable to trap and pass the ball acceptably, whatever their speed or strength is.
You said: “This again highlights another intolerance with parents when they cease to realize that their child is a late developer.” I think that by going in this direction of thinking, leads us to believe that absence of talent and skill is only because they are not developed yet. Speed and strength have nothing to do with properly handling the ball. I agree that a harmonic developing of the body is fundamental but, can't compensate the absence of basic soccer skills.
Thanks for your testimonial.
Ciao Coach Gianni
Posted on 30 Mar 2006 by coachgianni