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    OK, so I am 4-5 weeks into the season of my U10 boys team. I have a situation.

    I have 2 kids that are good keepers. They can catch the ball very well and have a concept of making a save, etc.

    Problem is, EVERYONE on the team wants to play keeper. Every single one of them. Even my best center mid and my best forward.

    So today in practice I will try to determine who else could maybe get in there and be decent. The trouble is I know from having done drills where they all took turns at keeper that some of them just aren't any good at it. Can't catch the ball, are scared of the ball, are too slow to react, etc.

    So question: do I just tell these kids no, you can't play keeper? On the one hand, I don't care about winning and losing, but once the game starts, the kids really DO care. So putting a kid back in goal that sucks ... well, not sure if that's fair to everyone.

    Thoughts?
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  • #2
    Trade the ones that complain for a couple of 8 year old uber prospects, then use the extra cash to sure up your backline.
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    • #3
      I should add: this is not select soccer ... not even parochial. So it's not top-flight competition. Just kids trying to have fun.
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      • #4
        Is this a club team or a rec team?

        If it is a club team, where there is more emphasis on winning (rightly or wrongly), I'd find a couple of kids and stick with them. If it's a rec team, let everyone play everywhere and learn the game.

        My daughter is 11 and on a club team. A couple of years ago, everyone wanted to play goalie too. Some got their chance, realized it wasn't as much fun as they thought it would be and gave it up.

        I just saw your added post.

        Let them play wherever they want then. Being involved in a club environment takes some of the fun out of it to be honest. There is a message board on stlsoccer.net. If you click the link for club soccer, you can find all kinds of posts about the games from the weekend. People asking for predictions and people who know tendancies of players who are 11 or 12 years old. Sickening really.
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        • #5
          try to reinforce them about the postion they are currently playing. "I can't afford to lose you at forward to play goalie.. you are too valuable there."

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          • #6
            It's your job to beat it into them that they aren't good goalies.

            Try a steel-toed boot.

            If that doesn't work, try coaching a less ghey sport....maybe something like Figure Skating.
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            • #7
              I thought that Megan's Law stopped you from coaching children?

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              • #8
                QUOTE(ElviswasaBluesFan @ Oct 12 2005, 09:29 AM) Quoted post

                Is this a club team or a rec team?

                If it is a club team, where there is more emphasis on winning (rightly or wrongly), I'd find a couple of kids and stick with them. If it's a rec team, let everyone play everywhere and learn the game.

                My daughter is 11 and on a club team. A couple of years ago, everyone wanted to play goalie too. Some got their chance, realized it wasn't as much fun as they thought it would be and gave it up.
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                Definitely rec. Thx for the advice.
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                • #9
                  QUOTE(dooz @ Oct 12 2005, 09:29 AM) Quoted post

                  try to reinforce them about the postion they are currently playing. "I can't afford to lose you at forward to play goalie.. you are too valuable there."
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                  That's exactly what I told my center mid ... trouble is, he's probably the best keeper on the team as well!
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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(steveInebriated @ Oct 12 2005, 09:29 AM) Quoted post

                    I thought that Megan's Law stopped you from coaching children?
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                    Thank goodness for the grandfather clause.
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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(dvyyyyyy @ Oct 12 2005, 09:31 AM) Quoted post

                      QUOTE(steveInebriated @ Oct 12 2005, 09:29 AM) Quoted post

                      I thought that Megan's Law stopped you from coaching children?
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                      Thank goodness for the grandfather clause.
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                      • #12
                        I think the thing that is most appealing to kids about goalie is that is the one position that is so unique.. I remember when I played soccer as a kid everybody was always kind of jealous of the goalie, like he was the most important player. Probably has to do with getting to wear the gloves and goalie shirt.. I know that seems dumb but I remember thinking that as a kid.

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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(ElviswasaBluesFan @ Oct 12 2005, 09:29 AM) Quoted post

                          There is a message board on stlsoccer.net. If you click the link for club soccer, you can find all kinds of posts about the games from the weekend. People asking for predictions and people who know tendancies of players who are 11 or 12 years old. Sickening really.
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                          If you think that is bad, you should deal with hockey parents. There is a messsage board for Chicagoland youth hockey and it is really pathetic.

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                          • #14
                            Weird...when I was little, nobody wanted to play goalie.

                            Tell them that the goal-scorers get the chicks.

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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(Blue Chicago @ Oct 12 2005, 09:38 AM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(ElviswasaBluesFan @ Oct 12 2005, 09:29 AM) Quoted post

                              There is a message board on stlsoccer.net. If you click the link for club soccer, you can find all kinds of posts about the games from the weekend. People asking for predictions and people who know tendancies of players who are 11 or 12 years old. Sickening really.
                              [/b][/quote]
                              If you think that is bad, you should deal with hockey parents. There is a messsage board for Chicagoland youth hockey and it is really pathetic.
                              [/b][/quote]

                              Parents ruin youth sports - period.
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