The parents on my team say they don't want to do this. What do I say to them?
Question 8:
The parents on my team say they don't want to do this. What do I say to them?
RON QUINN, Professor, Xavier University; Head Men's Soccer Coach, National Youth License Staff Coach.

Small-sided games are designed to provide maximum opportunity to learn all aspects of the game. Technically they will have more opportunities to be involved with the ball in a variety of game situations. Tactically, the opportunities to make decisions are dramatically increased through small-sided games, which translate into a more aware and tactically astute player later. Physically, small-sided games are more demanding because, with fewer players, everyone must pull their own weight. Socially, players are able to feel more a part of the team because they are more involved in the game. Everyone will get chances to contribute and score goals!

The youth game is different than the adult version, just watch them play. Therefore, young players should be allowed to play as children in an environment that is appropriate for their developmental level. Finally, small-sided games, as a learning tool, are used by amateur and professional teams all over the world. Shouldn't our youth players, who require the most learning, use the most effective tool? If we take care in the beginning, the end will take care of itself.

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