How does this connect to youth sports and performance training? I was watching a soccer game with my good friend and great physical therapist, Cari McClemons, and we always get into talking about youth sports and coaching. She was telling me about a team her son, who's 6, played for where the coach would constantly yell to the kids about where on the field they should be. It got to the point where many of the kids would just look over to him all game long waiting to get yelled at for being out of position. Zero creativity, zero spontaneity, zero fun.
Unlike Hollywood movies, I don't think these kids will pull the "I, Robot" and turn the coaches rules against him for total power domination. Unfortunately, these kids end up either quitting because playing is no longer fun, or become robots waiting for there next command.
|Talk about creativity, Parkour is the epitome of it.|
I want my programs to enhance the ability to be a critical and creative thinker. I do this by asking a lot of questions, encourage athletes to ask a lot of questions, and set up drills that enhance creativity within movement, e.i. mirror games, human foosball, etc. I can only coach them for 4 years. I want them to take this knowledge of movement for the rest of their life.
Creativity within the movements and rules of the sport are what makes it fun. We all go after the same result but in so many different ways. It's what make us human, but we can't rob our youth athletes by making them follow a piece of paper everyday. Be creative in ways to teach creativity.
One last video to show you a creative way to fish. I think I need to try this....