Games vs. no games : LUSENET : APA Division 47 Exercise and Sport Psychology : One Thread

I am a coach of a Under 13 years old Olympic Development Girls Soccer team. The administration of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association has decided that this age group will no longer play in a tournament but rather only play in the required events (3 games Regional ID tournament and Regional Camp). I feel that all work and "no play" is not in the best interest of the players. Most players will train all spring and summer and they know they have no chance to make the regional team, therefore I think without the incentive of a tournament (the entire team goes away), they will not preform to their best. I also feel that playing in a tournament against tough competition before the camp, the players will be sharper and have a better chance of making the regional team. Please either agree with support or let me know if I am all wrong. Thanks you

-- Ronald Forman (, April 13, 2000

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