February 13, 2007
Soccer Should NOT Be Child Abuse!
Koach Karl - Here's Part 4 of 4 from Coach Gianni…
I really would like to be in your position. To be elected President of
something that has the power to change for good. I would simply change
But it’s easy to judge from the outside so, keep up the great job, and
I say this without any irony. Please, believe me!
The only things that I’m taking the liberty of suggesting is I would
like to see you do something that would provoke less games and more
time for practice. So, I don’t know if this would even be possible,
but to have teams play less and practice more, the following
suggestion could be a way of not getting to the absurdity of playing
more than 100 games a year!
All the teams have the player’s cards, held together by a little
chain, that is given to the referee at every game. We can add to that
‘block’ a TEAM CARD that has, supposing, 50 squares printed on it.
At the end of the game, the referee, before giving them back to the
manager, with a simple tool, makes a hole in one of the little
squares in the card.
This way, besides the regular season, the management of the team can
choose a reasonable number of tournaments to go to, accordingly to how
many games his team can still play in that year, and distribute them
during the rest of the year. When the team has used the whole TEAM
CARD, that team can’t play anymore games for that year and can
dedicate time to improving soccer skills at practice!
I said 50, because if some players play at school too, adding 10/15
games, would be reasonable, compares to the reality. As I already said
many times: 120 games a year is Child Abuse!
I’m done. So, about my resolutions, besides the ones I already said as
a coach, I’ll do my best in trying not to get to sad when I receive
the usual ratio of insults, after sending out an article like this.
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