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Professional and collegiate sport teams spend endless hours scouting and recruiting players… youth sport teams do not.  Moms, dads, and unwitting volunteers often find themselves standing in front of a band of pre-adolescent athletes who more resemble the cast-aside toys in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer rather than the starting squad for Manchester United.

The young man that squawks for some water before the game has even begun seems a bit like Charlie-In-the-Box.  The girl continually stopping to adjust shin guards and tie already tied shoes is like playing with the train with square wheels.  The boy that seems to have mistaken soccer for basketball is much like the cowboy riding an ostrich.  The young lady off to the side that seems more content doing anything other than sports perhaps is much like the polka-dotted elephant.

More…Coaching on the Island of Misfit Toys | Psychology Today.

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