Have you watched a youth soccer practice or asked your 5th grader about their soccer unit for gym class lately? What are your observations?
I have, and as a lifelong soccer coach it scares me. What I have been seeing in the classroom and on the soccer field is an emphasis on playing games at the expense of time spent on individual skills.
Now we all know that the kids, when asked what they want to do, will say enthusiastically “PLAY.” Not surprising is it. Playing is FUN, and that is why soccer is such a success with youth in and out of the classroom.