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The other day my U10 boys won a game by 16-2. However, I would like to focus on something after the game that broke my heart. For some reason the coach of the opposite team thought it was necessary to rage at the kids for at least ten minutes. He made them do burpees, jumping jacks, push ups and kept yelling at them: ”That’s what you get if you’re a loser!” ”You should’ve fought harder!”. Actions which are in my view, contentless b%^#&@. After his ‘boot camp’ he started explaining the kids why they lost. To be completely honest with you, I’ve never heard so much nonsense in my life. ”Y’all should’ve fought harder!”. Afterwards, he started to explain and point out his tactics. Even if you’re a donkey, you would understand that if a team full of 9-year olds lost with 16-2 to a team within the same age…

Let me start of by saying that as someone who has coached for 17 years, one of the many reasons why I still do it is that I believe in people. That is to say I believe that people want to be better and they want to do good. Sure, every rule has its exceptions, but, ’People want to be good and do good’ has been a primary belief that fuels my coaching methods. When I first started coaching I was a ‘Yeller and a teller’. I shouted a lot! At my players, at the referee, sometimes even God was on the receiving end! I was 17 when I started out, so suffice to say as a teenager I already knew everything! It wasn’t a great combination. Thankfully, time, failure, coach education and some great mentors all played their respective parts. Evolution took place and still continues to. After almost…

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