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In the pitch with the young players with enthusiasm and curiosity

The young players called in Italian football pulcini are the second category of the football school in order of age and include children aged 8 to 10 years. Very often coaches are extremely satisfacted of them, emphasizing the interest and enthusiasm that at this age children showt on the pitch. The satisfaction of the coaches is explained by the evolutionary moment that children of this age live. They live a break in their evolutionary process, they become masters of their body and their mental faculties, becoming aware of themselves, helped by a better definition of the body schema and also by a better level of sociability. All these features put your child away from the continuous self-discovery typical of the previous stage and still far from the confused adolescent storm. It is this that makes it possible to define the young players of this age as more coachable of the football school. This definition, however, does not delete the difficulties that can be encountered in the group management. Beyond the technical and tactical dimensions is important, as always, to know the psychological dynamics belonging to this age group and also the most effective communication style to be used with these young players. Here are some ideas about what to do when we are working with them.

What To Do:

  • Engage constantly reducing at the minimum the pauses and waits
  • Build their psychological autonomy (means to know how to solve problems)
  • Propose exercises in which they must take decisions
  • Reinforce not only the correctness of the choices, but the ability to make choices
  • Promote the ability to take calculated risks
  • Insert in training exercises teaching to maintain a balance between individual risk and collective game
  • Lead to internalize the rules of the group
  • Teaching to work in a competitive environment
  • Structuring training with the aim to promote collaboration
  • Decrease the individualism (at this age tend to feed itself: you do so, then, me too)
  • Help them to assess what attitude or situation determine the mistakes even through personal examples

Knowing how to handle the young players means, not only to develop their technical and tactical skills, but also to support their enthusiasm and curiosity.

(by Daniela Sepio)

Sport, role and ball dimensions

The National Science Foundation announced the following study results on corporate America recreation preferences:

  1. Sport of choice for maintenance level employees: bowling.
  2. Sport of choice for front line workers: football.
  3. Sport of choice for supervisors: baseball.
  4. Sport of choice for middle management: tennis.
  5. Sport of choice for corporate officers: golf.

Conclusion: the higher you are in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls.

US: 87% parents worried about injuries in sports

In US “Youth sports are becoming increasingly competitive, and most parents believe children are suffering.

According to a new national poll released by the espnW: Women + Sports Summit this weekend, two-thirds of parents think there is “too much emphasis on winning over having fun,” and 87% of parents said they were worried about the risk of injury in sports.

Parents are most concerned about concussions on the high school football field, which increasingly have been in the headlines lately (including on TIME’s cover). Just in the past week, three high school football players in Alabama, North Carolina and New York have died, possibly due to football injuries.

Parental concerns could explain the drop in participation in youth sports in the last several years. In 2008, 44.5% of children ages 6-12 participated in some type of sports organization. Only 40% of children did so in 2013, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Football, basketball, baseball and soccer have all seen double-digit declines in participation (though lacrosse and hockey have not).”

(Source: Time)

Extreme bullying for Miami Dolphins

Homophobia, racism, bullying this is the sport culture expressed by Miami Dolphins football team. Players with the behavior that lead to teammate depression,  guilty for them of playing like sissies. Coach John Philbin says he did not know this phenomenon was happening regularly in the locker room of his team, until it was published on the report (144 pages) commissioned by Roger Goodell, NFL League Commissioner. It’s a history of repeated abuse and constant over time, that no one until now had wanted to see and stop!! As usual.

Eduardo Macia’s leadership

Emanuela Audisio always manages to make challenging her interviews and this time we did know a person who is able to express at least 5 ideas to me very interesting. This is Eduardo Macia, 38 years old, Spanish, Fiorentina football team technical manager. His ideas:

“I’m interested in the personality, if the player wants to risk.”

“And if he does not play,  does he go down or become more motivated?”

“Many say: that guy runs a lot. Then? Football is not marathon.”

“(Italian football) It’s a closed world, eager, full of prejudices. Even better: it is afraid of everything it does not know.”

“The power. It’s the only thing that matters and that qualifies a person … in England it is the personal capacity.”

(By Emanuela Audisio, La Repubblica, January 3 2013)

The Chuck Pagano fight against leukemia

Chuck Pagano, coach of the Indianapolis Colts, who suffers from leukemia, was released from the hospital and he is presented in the locker room to talk to his players. It’s a short speech in which he speaks of his dreams: to accompany his daughters to the altar and win the Super Bowl with his Colts. The sentences show his strength in the fight against the terrible disease that struck him.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baQE_3yHPl4

Bounties on football players

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Momento dell’anno: Eric Le Grand

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