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Grass Roots Development (No Wins/Standings)

http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/jason_de_vos/?id=416455

Great article on the fall backs of the grass roots programs in soccer, which can be extended to all team sports (including Hockey).

Honestly I get where he is coming from, a lot of the time coaches have kids play too systematically so that they can win, while not spending enough time on developing skills.

I will say that as an adult, who doesn't play any sort of organized hockey anymore, but goes out and goofs around on the pond and pick up hockey games, this is some of the most fun I've had on the ice. Just trying different moves and not worrying about what will happen if I don't pull the move off.

While I think no scores or standings till age 12 is kinda crazy (totally un-educated opinion right now). I like this idea for the 10 and under age group. You should totally be spending all of the time as a kid 10 and under developing skills, creativity and the love of the game.


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