Quick! It’s game day and you're the head coach of a youth soccer team made up of NINE first graders. Only FOUR of your players can play at any one time. A game lasts 40-minutes, and each child must play at least 50% of the game. How much time should each child play, and how often should you schedule your substitutions?
And this is why, as a coach, my ‘first words of the day’ on game days were often → “No coach should have to do math!”
So after many years of struggle, I finally decided to develop my own online ‘Equal Playing Time Calculator.’ Now I can concentrate on being a youth coach, and leave all that math stuff to the rocket scientists.
If you get a chance, check out the calculator over at www.PlayingTimeCalculator.com. And if you know someone you think it can help, please feel free to share.
Recently I had the pleasure of visiting HM Pearson Elementary School in Fauquier County, VA. After the author visit was over, In that brief moment between "getting into my car" and "turning the ignition," I couldn't help but utter aloud the following 'first words' before heading home → FANTASTIC KIDS! WONDERFUL TEACHERS! GREAT SCHOOL! AWESOME TIME!