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Positive Coaching Alliance: Even the youngest athletes can process complex information

By US Club Soccer, 01/31/19, 3:15PM EST


Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching Education, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

Ken Taylor, a Super Bowl champion with the 1985 Chicago Bears, now specializes in speed training as a private coach.

Here, Ken recounts his early plan to coach youth only from age 12 onward. He brought science to his work and thought younger children would not be able to process the information he was presenting.

Soon, though, he realized that kids as young as age 7 had better ability to process than he had imagined. He noticed how they interacted with phones, video games, technology and their ability to multi-task, processing up to 12 things in one moment. "I started thinking, 'Why do I think they couldn't handle my stuff, as long as I explain it from their point of view?' "


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