Attention: Is it my problem?
Kids are often labeled as energetic, rowdy, distracted when in reality the problem could be the way we communicate and manage practices
The best way to work with kids is working on ourselves first.
- Sometimes we forget that we are training children and we set expectations that are too high. We talk "adult lingo", we use metaphors or abstract concepts that are too difficult for them. We are not clear enough. It is up to us, not them. Their limits are physiological and neurological (the kid can think as an adult only after 12 years of age).
- Sometimes we talk too much for too long and we forget that young people's focus gets lost way faster than ours.
- Sometimes we propose drills that challenge even the most motivated players: boring, repetitive drills with always the same equipment placed in the same position... How can anybody stay focused without new stimuli and ideas?