Youth is not wasted upon the young. It’s the perfectly matched pairing of eternal optimism, endless energy, can’t be contained curiosity, and boundless effort. The LA Rams have made it a point to tap into that energy by remaining one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, even while the team remains one of the more successful.
Youth is the unbridled energy and optimism that is quick to forget, is inconsistent, and is not predictable. Experience, while drawing from a smaller supply of energy and optimism, is more focused, more predictable, and more consistent. The difference? Training, practice, repetition. So how do young players acquire that focus and dependability? By learning the right way to perform a task, and then practicing that task until it becomes second nature.
Young football players can begin that journey very early in life. Children as young as six years old, when given the proper instruction on how to do complex athletic tasks, can develop competency rather quickly. Play is learning to the young mind, learning is experience, and experience is the key.
But there is more to consider than just football or play. The discipline of instruction and execution is a fundamental skill set that can make a huge difference in a young person’s life. In short, creating a meaningful memory for a child can lead to a happy and successful life for an adult. After the year-in-pause where schools converted to virtual education centers, playgrounds became forbidden territories, and group play was practically outlawed, the return to normalcy is a welcome change.