This is my first year coaching and i am the assistant coach. It is also our head coaches first year coaching, as a matter of fact its the city's first year with a youth football program. We are 4 games into the season and are winless. We are getting better though. My question is for coaches and any parents on the board. Our age group is 7 & 8 year olds. Most haven't played before, but some have. We have some pretty good players and could probably beat alot of teams if we played those players both ways. We started not playing any both ways but have slowly moved toward letting a few. My personal feelings on this are conflicted. On the one hand I'd like to see us win a few games. On the other hand i think it is very important at this age group to build a love for the game. We are losing too many kids to soccer. So what is your opinion, play everyone so everyone is happy (especially parents of smaller or less skilled players) or let the best, play for the win. Our league does have an extra quarter before the game which doesn't count so that the smaller players can get some game time. Most want to play in the real game though.
I also coach 8 year olds. I'm a first year coach and rotate all of my players. I think it keeps it fun for them all. My first goal is to teach them saftey, the rules, and then the fundamentals. I want to see all these kids back next year. That would mean the world to me. We just got beat 18 to 0 but I asked the kids after the game if they have fun and all said yes. Most said they wish we could have won the game but that it was okay to loss. I even had some say to me that they were sorry for not winning. I told them that they all showed me that they play with heart and never give up and that we will be fine. Just try to keep it fun for the kids.