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Re: Numbers

Postby boblee » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:40 am

I have also seen this the other way. The younger kids are definitely more talented, but the coach insists on playing older kids. Then kids of all ages end up quitting.

maddog1971 wrote:So yes numbers are problems. Coaches see the talent coming up and they bring them up and play them. Then the Juniors or even seniors quit. So basically if your 8th Grader is just as good as your senior.... play your senior. Play your 8th Grader JV.... That is why kids are quitting. Kids have played all the way with their classmates and friend and then you throw some young kid in the mix and they make mistakes but don't take the butt chewing you do because ..... they are young... really? If you going to play them treat them the same. There are tons of examples of truly talented 7th or 8th Graders but that is a handfull a year.
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Re: Numbers

Postby aNDkid91 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:14 am

maddog1971 wrote:So yes numbers are problems. Coaches see the talent coming up and they bring them up and play them. Then the Juniors or even seniors quit. So basically if your 8th Grader is just as good as your senior.... play your senior. Play your 8th Grader JV.... That is why kids are quitting. Kids have played all the way with their classmates and friend and then you throw some young kid in the mix and they make mistakes but don't take the butt chewing you do because ..... they are young... really? If you going to play them treat them the same. There are tons of examples of truly talented 7th or 8th Graders but that is a handfull a year.


This is exactly what is happening in my hometown. Seniors that have worked hard together since the 5th grade (and are solid, good players) are losing their starting positions and playing time to younger girls. It is heartbreaking because these all these girls have talked about since the 5th grade was their senior year.
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Re: Numbers

Postby maddog1971 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:20 pm

boblee wrote:I have also seen this the other way. The younger kids are definitely more talented, but the coach insists on playing older kids. Then kids of all ages end up quitting.

maddog1971 wrote:So yes numbers are problems. Coaches see the talent coming up and they bring them up and play them. Then the Juniors or even seniors quit. So basically if your 8th Grader is just as good as your senior.... play your senior. Play your 8th Grader JV.... That is why kids are quitting. Kids have played all the way with their classmates and friend and then you throw some young kid in the mix and they make mistakes but don't take the butt chewing you do because ..... they are young... really? If you going to play them treat them the same. There are tons of examples of truly talented 7th or 8th Graders but that is a handfull a year.


You know I just can not believe it. The talented young kids can come out and kick the heck out of the varsity kids all the time? Then yes. But just because they show potential? Let them play JV... get experience.
Young kids can get on a roll an beat the older kids in practice. I have seen it quite a few times. But when the game get physical and the paces picks up in a real game.... I will go with kids that have experience all the time. A team that can play together has a better chance of competing then a team divided.
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Re: Numbers

Postby sportsnut5 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:35 pm

I agree, you don't play kids based on potential, you play them according to ability both physically and mentally. It has nothing to do with age. Some young kids actually have more gym time and experience than the older athletes. The worst thing you can do is reward those who feel entitled. Play the athletes who give you the best chance to succeed. If a coach does not do this, odds are they will not be the coach long.
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Re: Numbers

Postby aNDkid91 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:09 pm

maddog1971 wrote:
boblee wrote:I have also seen this the other way. The younger kids are definitely more talented, but the coach insists on playing older kids. Then kids of all ages end up quitting.

maddog1971 wrote:So yes numbers are problems. Coaches see the talent coming up and they bring them up and play them. Then the Juniors or even seniors quit. So basically if your 8th Grader is just as good as your senior.... play your senior. Play your 8th Grader JV.... That is why kids are quitting. Kids have played all the way with their classmates and friend and then you throw some young kid in the mix and they make mistakes but don't take the butt chewing you do because ..... they are young... really? If you going to play them treat them the same. There are tons of examples of truly talented 7th or 8th Graders but that is a handfull a year.


You know I just can not believe it. The talented young kids can come out and kick the heck out of the varsity kids all the time? Then yes. But just because they show potential? Let them play JV... get experience.
Young kids can get on a roll an beat the older kids in practice. I have seen it quite a few times. But when the game get physical and the paces picks up in a real game.... I will go with kids that have experience all the time. A team that can play together has a better chance of competing then a team divided.

Yes to the experienced player!! This can’t be stressed enough! And that whole “a team that can play together”...amen!!
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