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EPUT Equal Play Under Ten

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Published: Monday, 19 September 2016

It is why equal play is so important for prepuberty kids. We call it our EPUT project. We advocate equal play under ten for all kids. Will it happen? That is truly not the point. We want the discussion about why, in 2016, this could be a sound alternative for kids quitting youth sports. We believe it could affect the obesity and Type II diabetes problem by giving these kids an environment in which they can stay active and have fun.  There are many other reasons why this is a good idea. They all need the base first.  They must build a reservoir of positive experiences.  They must not fear trying new and creative things on the youth sports teams they play on.

 Kids need and WANT to try different things; this allows them to do it in a safe environment without adults’ egos coming into play. This also explains why pickup games are so important.  If the atmosphere on their youth sports team is filled with a “winning is most important” atmosphere or even trying to teach how important winning and losing are, the players do not build that reservoir with positive reinforcement. The memories from the Amygdala are not positive. The pickup game inherently has an atmosphere that builds up their positive reservoir because the children are relaxed but still competitive.  They have fun, they play better, they get better, they are healthier and winning and losing takes a back seat to the enjoyment and the journey of playing with friends.  

Mind and Body in Balance For Performance

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Published: Monday, 12 September 2016

 

               THE BRAIN GAME: Part I

 Most people when discussing youth sports focus on the brain and how it is affected by concussions, and rightly so.  However, the brain has a huge affect on how children play, coaches coach, and parents view their children playing.  Let’s start by analyzing the more talented players.  Here is why most of the youth sports through to high school varsity teams are failing and why they are so frustrating.  The most talented players keep playing.  They keep playing even when their play is poor, but inside they know when they are not playing well.  So, their brain reinforces the poor play because they are not taken out.  The brain tells them what they are doing is OK.  So when they get in a game and something bad happens both parts of their training, good and bad, habits learned in practice, are reinforced in the games they play.  The bench players, no matter how well they play, for the most part, are taken out immediately for their mistakes.  Sometimes, no matter how small a mistake is made, the bench player gets blistered when he comes out of the game.  Their brains become a reservoir of reinforcement.  They don’t see playing as fun, just another stress-filled part of their youth sport’s and high school experience.

PLAY TIME FOR KIDS

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Published: Monday, 05 September 2016

Give 20 kids 20 balls and sit back and watch. then 10 minutes later take away 10 balls. let them teach other how to share. then 10 minutes later take away 8 balls and let them learn how to compete and share for success.. repeat as needed no parents or coaches allowed except for safety reasons.

Let them learn on their own. They can do it. They want to do it. Mistakes, failure, and figuring things out on their own is paramount for future success in life and sports.

THE MONEY CHASE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

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Published: Monday, 29 August 2016

Myths about playing “ELITE” travel youth sports:

1.     Because you pay a lot of money, you believe your child’s athletic ability has a quantitative value. Oh boy! I have heard this comment in many forms over and over. People brag about how much money they have spent on their child’s youth sports experience. I have heard parents brag/complain about how whipped they are from the brutal schedule their child has in youth sports and how far they had to travel in separate cars last weekend. Parents bragging about how many times they have visited their child’s Orthopeadic surgeon or personal trainer. I have heard parents say “they got cut” from a team “My son signed his first contract to play junior hockey.   (Even though they paid $10,000 to play on that team).  I have seen children go play on an “elite academy team” with their families paying thousands of dollars and bragging about it only to hear that they regretted the decision when no scholarship offered ever appears..

 

 There is no correlation to the money you spend on your child’s athletic “elite” travel team and their ability to play at a higher level. You can’t buy talent. If this was true, how do poor kids reach their athletic peak? Think of this example. Your child has a cold. You take her to the Pediatrician and they give you a prescription for some medicine. You are done. You are not sent to a specialist and pay more money are you? You go to a specialist to get special results.  It’s just a common cold for a common child. What if this is not a special situation? You would be spending and wasting money needlessly. Then wouldn’t you get frustrated when you did not get special results?

Over and over again we hear the disappointment in the end game of this monetary path. The money spent far outweighs the money the families receive in scholarship. There is a tangible hangover to this paradigm. We see it every day.

 On our website frozenshorts.com we have a form to fill out that will tell you what it cost per hour for your child to play elite travel sports for a weekend. The cost, about $230.00 an hour should amaze you!