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Growing the Game Together

By John Kessel, 02/18/18, 9:45PM EST


You are Paying for Practice Not Playing

The glow of your child being chosen to play for a club, perhaps even the experience of having to choose between multiple clubs and not cut, has faded. We are now into the heart of the season, where the coaches are making decisions on starters, subs and bench sitters based on both what they have seen in months of practices and tournaments. Depending on the team size, you are likely to be a parent who feels your child should be playing more, and may even be wondering why you chose this club, as they are not “winning enough.” I am going to share some observations and thoughts as a dad who has been coaching the sport for more than 50 years and with kids who both played at the college level.

You are paying for practice, NOT tournament play.

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