Tuesday, August 14, 2012
My colleague Rick Meana, Technical Director for New Jersey Youth Soccer, passed along a Position Statement from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The document is called Choosing the Right Sport and Physical Activity Program for your Child
. It gives parents a check list of questions to ask themselves, and of a club or a high school, when choosing a place for their child to play a sport. You can read the full Position Statement here: [LINK]
As I read the article I put myself into the mind of a club director of coaching asking him or herself, "Well as a parent asks these questions of me what would be my answers?" My next thought was that this would be a good exercise for a soccer club to do as a bit of self-analysis. The approach would be that the pertinent leaders of a soccer club would refer to each section of the Position Statement and during the 2012-2013 soccer year answer the questions and support the comments. At the end of the year those leaders should take a short retreat to review their findings about their club. In what areas did the club come out strong? In what areas were there weaknesses? In answering those two fundamental questions the club leaders then could finish the retreat by devising an action plan for the 2013-2014 soccer year.
Just think what a healthy organization your club could be if it did this type of exercise once every five years or so!