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High School/Club Soccer from Coach Josh

Gianni,

I like this article, because this is a fresh (almost naive) opinion, not
new but fresh. But what I love is that you do express it well. Maybe
you touched on it and I missed it, so I apologize if I am redundant.

High School athletics are driven by the same forces that drive
Collegiate athletics: Football, basketball, and baseball. All games
developed in the US, Americana. High School atletic directors are
typically the ex or current basketball or football coaches. They are
very proud of that schools "tradition". They do not share their
athletes with year-round programs focused on developing athletes.

These directors do not understand why or how a child, teenager,
would give up the opportunity of represent their school's colors, pride.
High school sports are about winning that championship, local community pride. Not about how many players that coach sent to the "next level".
Kids (enjoy) play high school soccer for conformity, peer acceptance,
and school pride.
Very similar to the "prom" or home-coming. Why on earth would a kid
stay up all night and compromise their ability to perform in a soccer
game the next day? This happens every fall and spring in the US.
NorCal State Cup always conflicts with prom.

People, coaches, Directors of Coaching from abroad can't believe
this, I am from here and still can't believe this.

But this is Americana, our culture, which, like it or not will continue.
Kids are going to continue to try to impress their peers, only natural.
My solution, which is probably not right, but I think it goes down the
right avenue; the local Club Director needs, needs, to work closely
with the local High Schools' principals and athletic directors.

There needs to be a message of, "We are not trying to steal your
athletes, but these athletes compete year round."
Some facts, scientific would be good, proving that "less is more";
less games and more training. More training, actually develops
athletes technically, tactically, psycologically, and physically.

What is the ration of training:games in American football, 4 or 5:1.
Their argument is hypocritcal. Again, I hope this is not redundant, but
I was very fortunate to have grown up in the US, and played baseball, basketball, and American football, but never compromised SOCCER.

Thank you for you time,

Josh McKay
University of San Francisco
Assoc. Head Men's Soccer Coach
Athletic Dept.
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Posted on 25 Apr 2007 by coachgianni
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