Coaching the Correct Level and Age-Group

In 1st grade, I played soccer with a number of 2nd graders. Our club had two teams in the same age group, and we played each other late in the season. It poured, but we played anyway. We had so much fun. Our uniforms were green, but my team wore white t-shirts for the game. Our t-shirts were brown by game’s end, and our running and sliding in the mud tore apart the field. I cannot remember which team won – the Blitz or the Cosmos – but I remember that it was a blast to play. Read more

  • What Is A Playmaker?

    Who decided that a point guard has to be small? More importantly, what is a point guard? We expect a point guard to be a leader and have a high basketball I.Q. Why don’t we expect or challenge all players to develop this game awareness? Why rely on only one player? Read more →
  • The PBDL Concept

    English soccer academies wait until players are 11 to play full 11v11 soccer; in Italy, youth basketball players participate in skill-oriented clinics at 6-years-old, but start competitive games at 12. In the United States, kids play 5v5 full court games and compete for national championships when they are 8-years-old.

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  • Starting A PBDL

    The PBDL emphasizes learning and development. Presently, players and parents have numerous recreation options - leagues based on fun and equal participation, typically for beginners - and numerous competitive opportunities - teams focused on strategy, game preparation and winning. There are few true development leagues - until now.

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