Monday, March 4, 2013

Wired is a cool publication...


...but just as us here, they are not perfect.

We advise you to read this one on why a researcher have a hard time to understand why all NHL players are born in January (or at least early on, during the year).
http://www.wired.com/playbook/2013/03/nhl-selection-bias/

To us here, this is a highly remarkable article - that discuss a serious researcher that first thinks that the facial "looks" of players plays a role in who is drafted for the NHL? Then he DISCOVER that na, it is the birth month that plays a larger role..

Cool conclusion - is what we think here - with an evil grin on our face..

The next amazing thing is that the author then walks like a cat around some steaming hot porridge, about youth selections and different factors that may affect these "astonishing results".

Oh Boy, the best of this article however is that they do not even try to mention LTAD, and a methodological system in place that creates or constantly produces drop-outs from sports - most likely to hit the very weakest... and they seem to be the youngest of each annual batch.

Maybe we are nuts here - but to us this is so crystal clear and obvious...

For heaves sake toss away all ideas about the birth date! Both in School and Sports it is just ridiculous.
Aim for the projected death date instead - this sounds maybe complicated - but what we mean is to aim for lifelong learning both in school as well as in sports - and we mean lifelong.

Let us do this again, we toss in the picture from SIBF (the National Swedish Floorball Federation ) an illustration that originates from Tanner..
This is how 5 - five kids only, may develop in terms of their growth spurt - each year as a function of their age from 10-19 on the x-axis. This is to us basic Common Sense.

The basic questions any youth coach now must ask are:
- Am I coaching because of my own best, or for the teams best?
- Is my job to push kids away from sports or to keep them in sports?
- Is my job to get the team better, in the short perspective, or all players better, in the long perspective?
- Do I need to be aware of the idea that kids develop very differently?
- Could it be that later developed kids are pushed out from sports too early - and how does that benefit me?
- Am I a coach, or a gatekeeper?
- What is wrong with kids being pushed out if they do not grow fast enough or are born later on during the year - cause there is nothing wrong with me right?

lol ;-D ... eh one more thing - Floorball is for all - even for folks born late during the year ok.

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

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