Practicing the “Little Things”

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I remember spending many hours when I was a kid practicing throwing, fielding grounders and catching fly balls with my baseball rebounder.  I learned early on what a little coaching could do, then take those lessons to the time I spent practicing on my own.  I got to know the concept and fun of exploring the skills I had, to find cause and effect, to figure out what I could do (and what I needed to practice).  I also found out I got a lot better, very quickly.

Santa brought a soccer rebounder for the girls on Wednesday.  Obviously, the elves felt that assembly should be done by me.  I’m happy to report the netting does provide a great rebound effect.  I will also report that this is a difficult one person job, what with the stretching of the net, the tension you need to create, and the VERY sharp black metal hooks.  I did shed a bit of blood, as well as a few choice words out in my driveway.

I now get to continue passing along the philosophy of curiosity with a sport, of exploring and developing skills and encouraging them to get great at the simple things in soccer:  Passing and receiving the ball.  After playing with Syd for a while this afternoon, I can see how this rebounder will be well worth the time, plus it’s a good deal of fun.

Much like chipping and putting in golf, these “little things” in the game are developed on your own…after a little bit of expert guidance.

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  1. nbuchan says:

    “I now get to continue passing along the philosophy of curiosity with a sport, of exploring and developing skills” Love this message! Early specialisation of kids in sport is becoming commonplace and I don’t think thats a good thing, these kids lack many basic aspects of physical fitness and are more injury prone. As the guys at TPI say most of the best golfers were multi sport athletes first.

    1. First, thanks for taking the time to stop over, take a look and comment! Much appreciated.

      I’m a dad first, coach second….and love all sports. I played a bunch as a kid and the games taught me myriad physical and social lessons. The “alone time” for practice & discovery were huge, too. I want my kids to just love to move and jump and catch and run and throw and swim and run some more. Doing whatever activity they love at that moment!

      If they learn to pass and trap better with the rebounder, that’s cool too 🙂

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