Soccer is recognized in all parts of the world. It is played acrossall age groups irrespective of their age or race. A good environmentfor the young athletes is important and support must be givenregardless of the skills levels of the young athlete. Most adultsprefer this game to be played by their children as it is importantfor their physical fitness and health.
It was noted that children play soccer for fun and enjoyment.Additionally, they play to improve their skills and learn whileenjoying exciting times. Children consider winning with success andlosing with failure. If they win a game it makes them feel worthy.
It was realized that the young players are already specializing toplay soccer. The players perform thorough practice and preparationbefore the main game. In my observation, It was noted that theplayers ought to be given an opportunity to have fun in sportsinstead of the rigors of competitive sports. This increases the riskof repetitive motion injuries and exerts too much pressure on theplayers.
Soccer consists of hundreds of individual decisions by the playerswhich improve parts of the brain involved in decision. But being acontact sport, on the other hand too much playing like the onewitnessed increases the risk of injuries. Too much running andhitting of the feet and legs at such an early age has beenidentified as a risk factor of stress fractures and stunting of thegrowth of bones. Cumulative effects of heading by young players hasbeen studied and found to cause damage to young players.
Expectations by the coaches that I witnessed were beyond the abilityand comprehension of some of the young players. One coach was sodistraught with the performance of a less talented team member thathe demeaned the member. This focusing on winning at whatever costshowed lack of sportsmanship and exerted unnecessary pressure on theyoung players. This psychological and physical pressure candefinitely take its toll on the young players.
Good communication mechanism between the parents and their children,and the coaches is paramount. An assessment of what the players feeland want must be conducted so as to get a feel of what the youngstersreally want and to cater for them effectively.
Coaches should develop an optimistic attitude, wait and see,responsible and be aggressive to achieve great results. This winningat all costs attitude should be redundant as it is harmful to theoverall performance of the players.
Personal self-esteem is very important to the young sports menbecause it moulds their behavior and their performance is changedpositively. The players need to havea better reinforcement so thatthey improve their behavior in the long run.
With the support of the parents kids are able to learn new things insoccer with the guide of their coaches. It is important that parentssupport their kids to learn more about sports. They must disciplineand motivate the players by not interfering with the game, providethe required equipments for the sport.
Interests of the upcoming young players should be the first priorityin sports. In any sport competition the young player’sshould befully catered for during sports in general.
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