Both my kids are playing soccer these days and I enjoy watching them play something that they, themselves, enjoy.
But, I have not been happy with the emphasis on winning, especially at such young an age.
One of our coaches recently shared something from United States Soccer Federation with some top-level initiatives and goals for this coming season. I appreciate some of the findings:
Too much emphasis placed on the result of the game
The priority should be to develop skills and abilities
There is a need to educate and empower parents and coaches
You can read the full document here if that’s of interest to you. I particularly like this call-out:
Development and winning do not have to happen independently from one another.
This is entirely true of not just sports but of life in general. Working hard, not giving up, and growing as a person and as a professional give us the best shot at top-performance and, possibly, winning.
But the development in and of itself is a true win and should always be understood as such, at least in my opinion. Sometimes the best outcome of an experience isn’t the numbers on the scoreboard but achieving a personal best.
Growth isn’t how many trophies you have in your basement and it’s certainly not the number of titles or certifications next to your name. In many ways, it’s what you end up doing with the knowledge, skills, and experience that ultimately determine your success.
Deployment, not collection, is the name of the (real) game.
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