Play too many games? Is it possible?

I found an article today from Changing the Game Project and felt it highlighted an important reminder for everyone involved in youth sports. 5 warnings that your child may be in a program that focuses on short term success and not long term excellence development.

  1. Your team emphasis games over practice.
  2. Coaches select & focus on “talent” for short term gain rather than developing all athletes.
  3. Coaches make cuts & create all-star teams make youth sports elitist.
  4. Your team requires year round participation.
  5. Your coach implements strategies for short term success rather than long term skill development.

“Our obsession with winning is the enemy of excellence in youth sports!”

Take a look at the full article at – sometimes a few tweaks in a program and being involved as parents can go a long way!