10 Things Youth Clubs Must Do To Truly Practice ‘Player Development’

10 Things Youth Clubs Must Do To Truly Practice ‘Player Development’

I’m far, far from perfect.

For one, I have to check Facebook to remember everyone’s birthday.

Two, I have vitiligo.

Three, I have watched Lord of the Rings over 100 times.

Four, I eat French fries with mayo.

Five, I own an iPhone 5.

You see? I’m not perfect, and I don’t expect others to be either. Part of being a human is constantly being on the path to becoming self aware, understanding your shortcomings and imperfections, finding your values, and practicing your truth.

Even if that means putting on our shades and doing some deep, introspective and personal work, it’s the only way we grow as humans.

Self analyzation feels icky and isolating, yet it’s necessary.

So what does any of this have to do with youth player development?

I’m immersed in the youth sports world every day, and just like me, it’s far from perfect.

This means it’s imperative we continue to ask ourselves the tough, gut punching questions so we can develop our youth players tactically, technically, physically and mentally.

My latest article published on Simplifaster 10 Things Youth Clubs Must Do To Truly Practice ‘Player Development’ is a challenging one.

And while I don’t expect youth sports organization to be all rainbows and unicorns, it’s worth analyzing our values and actions.

As coaches.

As clubs.

As trainers.

As directors of coaching.

As humans.

It’s worth seeing if we’re walking the walk, and not just talking the talk.

It’s worth moving our values and actions into alignment even more to serve our child athletes.

It’s worth practicing player development, rather than using it as a sexy marketing ploy.

With that said, get ready to be triggered. It’s why I’m here: to change the way people think about youth sports through my writing.

You can read the full article HERE.


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