Fun, Play, and So Many Questions

by on May 14, 2013
in Free Play

USA Volleyball’s John Kessell and USOC’s Peter Vint circulated this video, with Vint tweeting “I love everything about this!” Am I the only one left with questions?

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Maybe my questions ruin the beauty of the film or the playful spirit and positive attitudes of the children. However, I could not watch without wondering:

  • Aren’t the goals too big for the goalie?
  • Why is the team playing against older teams, as one child mentioned?
  • Why, after seeing the lop-sided scores, weren’t the teams made to be more equal? It’s great that the players retain their positive attitudes, but even one of the parents remarked that their goalkeeper gets the most practice, so how are players going to improve when the other team has the ball the entire game?
  • Why are children who lack any real skills being asked to play 11v11 soccer on a large, dirt field? The larger field gives the bigger, faster children and even bigger advantage, and the dirt field makes ball control even more difficult, giving the more skilled players and even greater advantage.

Honestly, when the video started with children saying “Zero,” I figured that it was a story of children who had invented their own, endless game where the purpose was playing, not scoring a goal.

By Brian McCormick, M.S.S., PES
Coach/Clinician, Brian McCormick Basketball
Author, Cross Over: The New Model of Youth Basketball Development
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League

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