With the growing concern over the effects of competition in youth sports programs
this summer, many Canadian soccer associations eliminated the concept of keeping score. The Soccer Association of Midlake, Ontario, however, has taken this idea one step further, and have completely removed the ball from all youth soccer games and practices. Listen to how practices and corner-kicks work without a ball:
According to Association spokesperson, Helen Dabney-Coyle, "By
removing the ball, it's absolutely impossible to say 'this team won' and
'this team lost' or 'this child is better at soccer than that child.'"
want our children to grow up learning that sport is not about
competition, rather it's about using your imagination. If you imagine
you're good at soccer, then, you are."
This summer Peter Oldring
spent time with the Midlake Thundercats, an under 11 boys and girls team,
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