04-17-2009, 08:05 AM
Here's a story about some people who get it:
04-17-2009, 09:05 AM
This kind of thing is exactly what we need, because, as I've stated before, a little kid can pretty much go out and try/learn any other major sport for free or almost free.
Football? Head out in the backyard with your friends and toss around the old football that has been sitting in the garage.
Baseball? I saw gloves at an Ollie's for $10. Soft-touch ball for a couple bucks, maybe even a bat. Head down to the field with dad for some free BP and playing catch.
Soccer? I'm fairly certain ****'s sells size 3 balls for nothing. Find grass, run, kick.
Basketball? The parks are free, and I'm sure there's an old basketball right next to the football in the garage.
Hockey? This article is what every rink owner, travel team organizer, and league coordinator needs to think about.
Jon Roux was actually running a very similar program through AAU here in Pittsburgh. He had about 50 sets of equipment that he stored at our rink, and he'd have Dustin & Jason teach free learn-to-play clinics using that equipment at any rink that was interested. The kids only needed to have skates.
I still see one of the kids & his dad that came to the learn-to-play clinics that we had, and he's now playing ice and inline for his elementary school teams. What a great feeling to know that you helped introduce this little guy to the game and now it's his passion...
Hey, look at that, AAU did something that nobody can complain about :)
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