Jul 7, 2019
What does free play have to do with performance? Why does
deliberate practice often fail to help a child reach their full
potential? Let’s find out! Join John and Ted Kroeten, founder of
Joy of the People, as they discuss why free play before structure
is the best way to help young athletes reach their full
Our guest, Ted Kroeten, leads the way in rethinking and
delivering player development always championing kids and
possibilities based on his experienced, dedicated, and innovative
soccer career. Joy of the People’s mission statement provides a
clear idea of what they’re attempting to provide:
To support the idea of play as an important part of a child’s
development, to build small soccer spaces for kids to play, to
serve disadvantaged youth, and to build community spirit.
Here are some highlights from the
What happened when free play was introduced into
How does the now defunct idea of "10.000 hours” play into free
play and increasing performance?
The younger teams get beat in competition, but how does it
work out when they get older?
There is a time for structure, when is that time?
What is going on with the athlete that did not grow up in the
academy setting but blows away those who grew up in the deliberate
How can you add free play into your performance development
What are “kid micro-clubs"?
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