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Old 06-28-2020, 09:00 PM   #31
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Certainly true.

I must admit, though, that I find hockey families to be the oddest ducks in youth sports.
I canít tell you how many kids Iíve seen graduate from high school and gone on to play juniors, only to do nothing after 2-3 years, or will then go to college and be a 21 year old freshman.
My wifeís cousin is such an example ; played 2 years of juniors, went to Assumption to play.
Itís like these kids think that just by playing more theyíll make the NHL or something.
I honestly donít get it. Iíve seen dozens of hockey players do similar things over the years.

Then again, I did meet one kid who got to spend two years after high school playing baseball in Australia.
I probably would have done that it a heartbeat if such programs existed back in the mid-90ís.


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Iíve coached the highest level locally and have heard firsthand the process.

Very early on the pure skill set is determined. If youíre an 17-18 phenom with insane offensive skills youíll likely get the chance to go D1 right away. If youíre tabbed as a potential 2way player on a 3rd or 4th line theyíll send you out to the MidWest Junior leagues to grow and mature and spend a couple years full time hockey and with that off ice and nutrition. They come back as Freshmen grown men. Most of them wonít make it. But it does make the D1 level stronger. More mature. And standouts there are then likely to move on and succeed in the NHL.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:10 AM   #32
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So it may be a popular sport, but it’s clearly not close to the best in the country.
Soccer is an extremely difficult sport to excel in. Despite being by far the most globally popular sport, the World Cup has been dominated by just 5 countries. Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany and France. There are only two teams outside that group who have won World Cups, England in 1966, Spain in 2010 and Uruguay won two in the earlier years of the tournament.

Even the Netherlands who bleed soccer to their core has not won it. They did reach the final three times though.

You have to have a very strong, financially robust league and a very intense, coordinated youth coaching and structure. Many top players are signed by pro teams when they're just 16. Clubs like Barcelona start bringing in players in their youth teams from just 6 years of age believe it or not. More than 1,000 boys from the ages of six to eight try out for admittance each season. The best 200 are selected. They have scouts all around the world.
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Same holds true for all pro sports. Except the just weird kid stuff. That soccer can hold to itself, unless you want to include the crazy AAU stuff basketball does.
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