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Comment #1923698 by Conor McKenna

Conor McKenna Dec 18th 2013, 2:26 PM #

The competitive attitude of coaches often sees the less able players cast aside in their search for glory. Was coaching an under 10 team a few years ago, every player got at least a half, went from being a mile ahead to losing in one game, no big deal, but the coach of the other team tells me I was ” stone mad bringin on some a them lads” and that we d “go no where with that idea”. I think if you make everyone feel valued instead of a liability the enjoyment and player retention will increase.

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Almost all Irish children take part in sport – but how do we stop them dropping out?

Almost all Irish children take part in sport – but how do we stop them dropping out?

Keeping them in the Game, a new report published today, stresses the need to combat high drop-out levels in Irish sport.

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    Favourite Dee4
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    Dec 18th 2013, 2:46 PM

    my sons team (under 10s) was playing a certain south dublin soccer club (begins with a J) , and their coach was a complete knacker, one of these meat head types that was cursing at his own players , threatening them that they wouldnt play in the next game if they didnt play better. Why parents would put up with it is beyond me.

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    Favourite colin
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    Dec 18th 2013, 2:57 PM

    Possibly the same south Dublin team beginning with a J that mine and 5 other team mates cars got broken into when we were playing. There was an underage game wrapping up and the coach was throwing out the profanities like they were going out of fashion! Teenage players need to be nurtured in order to maintain an interest.

    Also a community focus on the team goes a long way. There was an article on here a few days ago about high school football and the respect the kid players command in the local community. It gives the kids something to make them feel good about.

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    Favourite John Doee
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    Dec 18th 2013, 4:55 PM

    Fat kids can’t run

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    Favourite Andrew Potts
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    Dec 18th 2013, 6:43 PM

    Fat kids are a Godsend at rugby particularly prop.

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    Favourite Andrew Potts
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    Dec 18th 2013, 6:53 PM

    I get sick when I see this, when you coach kids you never know at what age they switch on at. If you have ten kids 2 just get it and they are great the other eight are just in various states of what is going on . Then slowly as they get a little better, or get bigger, or less scared the other eight do start to switch on and start to play and find their place.

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