Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Factory Idea...in kids sports.. too?

Sir Ken Robertson is amazing as he compare the school system to be built around century old ideas of factory bells (school bells) calling for the production of teaching to begin. Or as we produce learning by teaching kids not according to their abilities or the subject or what society will be expecting - na instead a main idea is to teach by birthdates and deliver students out from the production units - by the year they were born..
Well check out what he says himself here

And as we expand this into kids sports... well is there not a similar pattern?

Kids are engaged in one sport for long times - tied into one activity and too many many many many games, practices in one drill and...
Does this not also remind us about the old factory idea? - with almost separate production units for each little sport.
Kids may sign up for gymnastics, swimming, volleyball or ice hockey just as a few examples.. But it is always done in the very same way - doing mainly the same thing - more or less?

Long Term Athletic Development or #LTAD point clearly at the idea that kids are kids and should not get stuck in one repetitive thing. The factory idea may produce good athletes after some 10.000 hours - yes (with more question marks involved) - but the cost for the society is crazy. Numbers with drop-out rates of kids from team sports at some 75% has been mentioned (ok we have not that number strictly verified). But our friend V.J. Stanley J.R. just also reported on linked-in today, the cost for overuse by too much activity from one sport and he said: "$1.25 BILLION spent on overuse injuries in youth and high school sports".
We here support the ADM unit with USA Hockey and their ideas that kids should try other sports full out..

But we also envision a new type of sporting clubs and kids activities. Why not merge the Hockey club with a basketball club and then add some soccer and Floorball to the club operations too?
Why does not Parks and Recs offer year long sporting programs for kids - that offer swimming, soccer, floorball, basketball and ice hockey in one changing program?
Should not the kids be in the center of this instead of your own sport? What is most important?
And should really a Floorball website be the driver in these ideas - that answer is yes. Since we think the first ones doing things like this will sweep "the floor" with all other sporting operations in the us...

OH one thing more - if U look closely on the sports above we have excluded some old sports where kids stand still -too much and too long...


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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.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!