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As a relative newbie to following the national team this intensely, this leads me to ask, has another Nova Scotian than Jazic been a regular on the national team? http://www.soccerns.ns.ca/soccer-ns-ltpd-standards-no-league-standings-for-players-under-12-years/
For those of us are involved in youth soccer I thought it'd be nice to have a place where we can toss around ideas about LTPD. Specifically, what works and what doesn't. I'd rather avoid philosophical tactical discussions as well as avoid talking about how changes aren't as dramatic as they should be (it's obvious that something like this needs to occur via incremental changes). Keep it practical. This year was my first in any sort of coaching role. I coached U6 managed a U10 boys travel team. My experience with some of the LTPD changes: Good: - Smaller fields, nets, fewer players per team - Better distribution of coaching material (even if the length of said material is rather intimidating to most volunteers) - Not keeping score/standings - I'm slowly being won over to this as I see coaches bawl out players and referee because a game 'means something' Bad: - Kick-ins rather than throw-ins. Ugh. It works for U6, but *not* for U10. While I appreciate the idea of having a quick restart, most teams seem to be using it as a free kick, which seems quite silly to me. If the motivation is to not be distracted by a foul throw, why not just not call it for U10? What are other people's experiences?