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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
King of the Rink 5/12 – What’s Next?
Spring Box Ends 5/12 – What’s Next?
Spring Box at ASC ends this coming Sunday with a Mothers Day edition of King of the Rink! Teams will play a “king of the hill” tournament format where the winner stays in unless defeated. It’s a contest of both skill and endurance.
**Open to outside teams and free agents. $10 drop in fee the day of show!
10U & 12U: 5-7pm (Separate Rinks)
Summer Indoor Box at the Peoria Sportplex - Competitive box lacrosse is set this summer for 8 wks beginning June 1st with a double elimination tournament every Saturday. Teams and free agents will have a warm up / practice then straight to games. 10U / 12U / 14U and HS divisions. Registration and more information is here
Intro to Lacrosse Clinic – Free, no equipment needed, and held indoors at the Cactus HS gym June 2nd. Pass the word to friends and family that may want to try the fastest game on two feet! See here for registration
Indoor Summer Skills League – A follow on to the free clinic, this fast paced 3x skills league is open to anyone focused on improving skills over the summer. Using tennis balls and limited contact, no equipment is needed. Stick work, passing, shooting and defensive positioning is taught and emphasized. More info and registration is located here
Team Zona Travel Box – Our USBOXLA sanctioned team is looking for a few players on Novice (10U), Peewee (12U), Bantam (14U) and HS teams. Zona competes against the top players in the USA and Canada, so only the serious players looking to develop their game to the highest level need apply. Contact
or see the registration page for more information.
The score at the end of a game commonly determines a “winning” and “losing” team, but what does winning mean after all? Does winning mean having the better score in a U9 league game? Does winning mean a team that goes unbeaten in Division 1 in their U11 group?
I submit that “winning” is a long-term proposition. Too often we look for short-term gain and therefore miss the opportunity to reach the higher goal. In our case that means more time spent developing ALL players with a well thought out LTAD approach, ensuring that we have avenues for new players to learn, recreational players to enjoy this great game, and finally training and travel programs for those that wish to reach their highest potential.
Although “winning over development” survives to this day, the keepers of the flame are losing steam based on solid research. We know that by the age of 13, 70% of kids involved in organized sports drop out of the game. The main reason for this is kids aren’t “having fun anymore” and they’ve lost interest. By maintaining the short-term “win at all costs” mentality, many youth players are lost in the fight to win meaningless games. Far too often over my years I’ve heard comment that youth players have to “win” or they will be upset, or even depressed. This is simply not true.
In fact in a study conducted in 2014 by George Washington University found, when kids were asked why they participate in sports over 90 percent of children responded that they did so because it was fun. Fun, however, means a lot of different things for a lot of different people. The children were asked to describe what fun meant for them, and 81 different explanations arose throughout the study. 81 different explanations for what fun means, ranked in order of most important as a response.
Winning ended up 48th on the list.
The top fun factors were; Being a good sport, Trying hard, Positive coaching, Learning and improving, Game time support, Games, Practices, Team friendships, Mental bonuses, Team rituals, and Swag.
Trying your best is essentially the idea of giving 100%. It’s that winning mentality, and if we can continue to foster it, we are one step ahead of the game in helping to create “winners.” Kids generally forget about results soon after the game is over. The game is really won or lost, however, in the car ride home. As Project Play explains, kids often forget about the result ten minutes after a game is over, but are often reminded of it constantly in the car-ride home and at dinner that day.
Winning is important, but development is more important. Develop the winning mentality, see kids take ownership of their own technical development, understanding that one hour of practice a week is not enough, and watch the results come, eventually. Eventually is the key word here. Don’t expect this to happen over the course of a week, a season, maybe even a year. Development is not a straight line. Ups will come with downs, and development does not mean constant, unchecked progression.
So this is great but how do we develop skills in youth players and keep them playing sports?
I will summerize here, but encourage you to read the a complete solution, and our model, from The Aspen Institutes Project Play here;