All these years football in Canada was "for having fun and enjoying the game". Any results?
Same question: Almost everywhere in Canada kids having equal time ( maybe except BCSPL ) - any results?
Argentina, Brasil, Mexico, European countries - they don't have the "equal time" rule. I am talking about U10 and higher.
That "rule" is not fair rule at all. Let's say we have 1 kid in a team, who loves football more than everything. He practices hard, he wants to be best, tries to do everything to be better, he imagines himself playing at Real Madrid one day. And we have other kid, who doesn't care about football, he just wants to have fun with his friends. The first boy tries hard on practices. Second - fooling around. And you think the second boy deserves the same amount of playing time with the 1st boy?
How long will the first boy's passion last if he sees that "unfairness" every weekend? And I saw lots of that "1st" boys. In fact, most of them quit playing for clubs because of that.
It depends what Canada wants. If Canada needs to develop football level - should be as fewer restrictions as it possible. Every kid should show to his coach that he wants to be on the field during his practices.
If Canada wants to just keep kids busy, give them more opportunities to have a fun - then it is OK to have "equal time" rule
Just to avoid misunderstandings - I am not saying, that better players should play more. I am saying, that kids, that loves football more should get more playing time. If a kid tries hard, practices with heart ( even he plays "worse" than other natural talented boys)- he deserves to get more than another one, who comes to football just because he doesn't want to sit home. ANd it is a job of a coach to recognize those kids and help them to grow giving them more opportunities to show their performance.
Canada needs to educate coaches, not put artificial "boundaries".
That was my humble opinion
Hi there Jenny. I appreciate your response. It's a typical response. My question is - how much coaching have you done in Canada? Did you play as a youth and/or adult? I also ask if you read this thread in its entirety?
"Fun" - Canada Soccer has a rec mentality. The vast majority of kids play in a rec league of course. Soccer everywhere is meant to be fun first, regardless of level of play. Be it Real Madrid academy, or Aldergrove Youth Soccer. Fun is always the coaches priority. Happy players play better, develop faster, continue to play the game.
Equal playing time - I can assure you equal playing time is not on the table everywhere in Canada. Even in my club the rule is 30% (if kids meet the team requirements). Think about that for a moment. In a 60 minute game a kid might only play 18 minutes. Imagine driving 2-3 hours, to play 18 minutes of soccer, on a rainy, windy, cold November morning? That's the reality at my club. 30 minutes isn't suitable either IMO, but it is what it is.
I asked if you read this thread because everyone, myself included, said equal playing time is also contingent upon appropriate behaviour. A kid messing around has not applied appropriate behaviour and thus won't get equal playing time. They don't on my team. I suggest they don't on any team - except maybe a house/rec team. Please have a read of the thread again.
That said, kids quit soccer. Typically they quit around age 15-16 (as well as with other sports). But we all have many examples of kids that quit at age 7-12 because they were not playing an adequate amount of time (assuming they had a good attitude). How many of those kids would have kept playing if they had played half the game, then by 15-16 loved the sport and replaced those so-called stars that quit at that age? In the current climate, we lose both players. Kids need to learn.
Who said anything about playing more talented, lazy kids ahead of the hard working less talented kid? Sorry, I don't recall anyone suggesting that. For myself, I stepped in and coached a metro team for a practice. The "star" of the team of 15 year olds attitude was terrible. I told the coach "bench him, his attitude is terrible, his teammates don't respect him." The kid is very good, so got exactly what you described here - more playing time because he's good. He'll never achieve anything in this sport while the kids who were driven an focus will almost definitely also quit because they'll think "what's the point?" I agree with you. Play kids on merit, not just on talent.