Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
From the kids, literally
by Mike Woitalla, January 8th, 2010 11AM
Subscribe to Youth Soccer Insider

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

By Mike Woitalla

We continue to receive entertaining examples of what happens when children misinterpret, can't comprehend, or take literally adults' instructions since Susan Boyd's "Lost in Translation" column appeared last month.

Richard White recalls coaching U-10s and telling a boy to mark one of the opponent's wingers: "Jeff, where ever he goes, you go. Mark him, and stay with him." When that particular winger was subbed out by his coach, White saw him and Jeff sitting side-by-side on the other team's bench, chatting.

"Early in my soccer career I told the kids their positions," writes Richard Weishaupt. "Left this, right that, etc. Most of the kids dutifully went off to the correct place but one kid walked to the center and practically sobbed, 'Coach, I don't know left from right.'"

When Jim Madison's grandson was 6 years old, the coach told the boy to start at left back.

"Where does that mean I am supposed to play?" the boy asked.

"Here," responded the coach, pointing to a spot on the field at the left side of the back. Says Madison, "And here is precisely where the young man dutifully ran and stood, rooted to the spot on the ground even when the ball came within a step or two."

Heidi Flores' husband coaches a U-10 team. One of the team's new players was playing in defense and when an opposing player dribbled toward the goal, the coach yelled, "Go to the middle, Belle!"

"She proceeded to run smack dab to the middle of field, inside the center circle!"

And just last week at a kickaround, after some young players impressively strung passes together before a cross nearly resulted in a goal, I said, "Way to use the wings!"

An 8-year-old girl looked up at me, held up her arms, and said, "I don't have any wings."

(Mike Woitalla is the executive editor of Soccer America. His youth articles are archived at YouthSoccerFun.com.)

Do you have an idea for a Youth Insider Soccer column? We'd love to hear it. E-mail us at: mike@socceramerica.com.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Youth Soccer Insider
'Great feeling' for U.S. U-17s after win over Mexico     
Last August, the U.S. U-17 boys lost in Mexico City, 6-3, to Mexico in the 2016 ...
Great start for U.S. U-17s -- Mexico awaits    
Two years ago, in qualifying play for the 2015 U-17 World Cup, the USA, then coached ...
U.S. Soccer names new women's youth national team coaches -- Kacey White and Keri Sarver    
Kacey White, former Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Director of Coaching, is the new U.S. U-16 ...
Will we see the next Pulisic? Meet the U.S. boys aiming for the U-17 World Cup    
Will the Concacaf U-17 Championship reveal the next Christian Pulisic?
Dallas becomes second U.S. team to win Dallas Cup Super Group     
FC Dallas beat Mexico's Monterrey, 2-1, in the final to become only the second team to ...
Hey Coach, set a good example: Use and share sunscreen    
In several published studies it's been shown that only about 20% of outdoor sport athletes routinely ...
New coaching slate for U.S. women's age-group program taking shape    
Jitka Klimkova is the new head coach of the U.S. U-20 women's national team, replacing Michelle ...
How FIFA rules hurt immigrant children in the USA     
There are children in the USA who aren't allowed to play in their local soccer league ...
Reffing corner kicks: Don't ignore the grabbing and holding    
Soccer's last rule, Law 17, is on corner kicks. The corner kick must be placed inside ...
Tab Ramos holds London audition for U-20 World Cup spots    
Nineteen players who weren't part of the USA's Concacaf U-20 Championship win last month are part ...
>> Youth Soccer Insider Archives