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LGFA Kids and 'sorry'

  • 11-08-2022 1:42pm
    Registered Users Posts: 6,241 ✭✭✭

    I coach LFGA U14's and I have noticed as of late that there is a tendency in the girls to apologise when a kick or a handpass or some sort of manoeuvre doesn't go as it should. It doesn't seem happen in the GAA.

    My thoughts are that they should not be apologising. Everyone is learning and coaching sessions are there to teach. Fumble a ball? recover and move on. Miss kick? recover and move on. Bad hand pass? recover and move on. You should not have to apologise for making a mistake. None of us are perfect and for the main everyone is trying their best.

    It also implies that every kick, pass or tackle should be spot on which is madness. Even county players don't get it right all the time.

    I want to put a stop to it, as I think it's unnecessary. Kids should not have to apologies for trying and learning.

    Just wondering what other peoples thoughts are on this.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,866 ✭✭✭✭callaway92

    Who are they apologising to?

    Teammates or Management?

    If teammates, there’s nothing wrong with that. They could literally just be a nice person etc.

    If Management, then it’s obviously something the Manager’s/Coaching staff do that intimidate the players to the point of feeling the need to apologise

    It just comes naturally to some people to apologise and there’s no need to change it. If I’m playing Foursomes in Golf and hit a bad shot I’d often apologise to my partner even if by right I ‘shouldn’t’

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,241 ✭✭✭Buford T Justice

    Aah, I should have clarified; its teammates they're apologising to. I get that it might just be that they're being nice, but given their age I'm conscious that I don't want them to have an ingrained notion that it's almost expected / part of the game in the future. I might be over thinking it hence why I asked for opinions.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,866 ✭✭✭✭callaway92

    I’d lean towards overthinking it 100%

    Defintiely wouldn’t be mentioning it to girls that age to stop saying sorry - Just a personal thing for some people!

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,723 ✭✭✭threeball

    I see it in plenty of boys games too. When they hit a sh1t pass they know they should have nailed a lot of them say sorry. They'd also give a lad a well done for getting a turn over or putting in a good tackle. Enjoy it while it lasts. The cynicism will kick in round 16 and it'll all be gone.

  • Registered Users Posts: 455 ✭✭BaywatchHQ

    You see it all the time in professional soccer, players apologising for a poor pass.

    When I played football as a teen we had shooting practice and most kicks I hit went wide. What the crazy thing is the managers kept putting me in the forward line in games. Then they wonder why my local club had such a high drop out rate at underage in my era. I think only 3 or 4 players born between 1990-94 ever kicked a ball for an adult team.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,866 ✭✭✭✭callaway92

    In fairness, the addition of performance analysis in the modern game has put a stop to that for any Team worth their salt. Even the most basic level of stuff paints the picture in regard to possessions and shots