Encouragement and sports

I heard someone from the BC Soccer Association speaking on the radio about how they are wanting to put less emphasis on score keeping and more emphasis on skill building. They are suggesting that scores not be kept in soccer games until the players are about 14 years old.

Initially I thought, “Well, if you can’t have competition on the soccer field, then where can you have it”? until I thought about this more. YES! I get it. If we want to encourage the process, then let’s not keep score.  The pressure would be off the kids and the coaches to perform and I think we’d see much improved soccer skills and sportsmanship. We would be modelling to the kids the idea of playing well, building skills and having fun!! Isn’t this why we put our kids in soccer in the first place? I like this idea!!! You?

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