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Team Development in
the Little Leagues
by Stephanie Tuia
A grassy field, two nets, a soccer ball and some playful youth
is the ideal setting for a little league soccer game. You
may have recalled yourself of a time when you observed these
little league events. You enter a spacious field of green,
housing numerous miniature soccer fields all lined up next
to each other, and young athletes running after a ball. You
may have been more overwhelmed by the abundance of children
playing, rather than the actual soccer game itself. But what
you can appreciate from this is the sight of children utilizing
their endless energy and their parents and relatives rooting
for them from the sidelines.
I attended my young nephews soccer game and was amused
by the organization of the event. The parents of both teams
were the main figures of managing the game as being the referees,
coaches, and fans. His teammates were not just boys, but girls,
all of whom were the same age. The young athletes played a
first-time role of being on a team and practicing the basic
fundamentals of soccer; getting the ball into the opposing
teams net. Sporting the same color jerseys, his teammates
were easily identified as those he should ally. The view of
the game included a hoard of young athletes following the
ball back and forth, their fans cheering closely from the
sidelines, and coaches rotating players in and out of the
game. When the game was over, the players showed sportsmanship
by slapping hands with the other team. No matter who won or
lost, the young athletes seemed more interested in seeing
what treats they would get afterwards. Overall, this condensed
version of a game was more than just a scene of young children
exhibiting their soccer skills. It demonstrated their experience
of learning team development.
Ive been to many sporting events and observed the common
procedures for games, but watching these children play soccer
was interesting. Little leagues develop more than just growing
children and their interests; they build a foundation for
team development. The little league organization provides
a chance for children to develop athleticism and surround
themselves among their peers. While sports teams at the higher
level (high school, college, professional) focus more on winning,
little leagues seem to focus more at fostering team development
by giving youth the opportunity to participate in teams.
Team development influences. Children are easily influenced.
When parents put their children in little leagues or other
organizations where it involves being with their peers, they
are educating them to become good team members. Perhaps it
is evident that parents put their children into sports when
they are young. By the time they are older and in their prospective
sports, they will have the experience.
If you reflect back upon your own childhood, were you ever
on a little league team? Can you recall your teams name,
or remember the color of your jerseys or all of your teammates
names? You probably cannot recall those little things and
its irrelevant now. What might have been a lasting lesson
of your little league stint would be the experiences you have
gained of the importance of team development.
About the Author
Stephanie Tuia specializes in internet marketing for CMOE.
For more information about CMOEs Team Development inside
organizations, contact one of their Regional Managers at (801)
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