Ulster GAA Coaching and Games Development Conference 2009. Are Adults Destroying Children’s Play . Common Goals, Different Roles. Paudie Butler National Hurling Coordinator. Cubs. at Play. Kids at Play. Wains . Children. Are they human? Are they fully human? Are they equal?
Ulster GAA Coaching and Games Development Conference 2009
Are Adults Destroying Children’s Play
Common Goals, Different Roles
National Hurling Coordinator
Are they human?
Are they fully human?
Are they equal?
Have they rights?
Who will defend those rights?
Fighting for freedom
From: fear, hatred, anxiety, depression, anger
For: respect, friendship, integrity, confidence
We marked the pitch: four jackets for four goalposts,
That was all…
And then we picked the teams…
Youngsters shouting their heads off in a field
As the light died and they kept on playing
Because by then they were playing in their heads…
It was quick and constant, a game that never need
Be played out…
There was fleetness, furtherence, untiredness
In time that was extra, unforeseen and free.
-David Coleman, Psychologist
The golden age of learning
(7-11 years of age)
All living things including humans have an actualising tendency and given the opportunity and the right environment will proceed to become all that is built into them. They will achieve their potential
- Carl Rogers, Psychologist
How can we create the right environment?
Children learn to Read so they can Read to learn
Children learn to Play so they can Play to learn
Good teams become great teams when the members trust each other enough to surrender the me for the we
The Coach is the Mediator who ensures everything is adapted to child’s age, maturity and experience.
Knowledge of the Game
Knowledge of the Game
Play and Stay in May
New Coach Education Programmes:
For every club
My philosophy of Coaching
– Phil Jackson, Sacred Hoops
Passion gives us the energy to
Prepare, Research, Develop new Ideas and Tactics
Empathy, Warmth, Calmness, Humanity, Friendship
Compassion without passion is Aimless
Adults who behave destructively should not be given the task of coaching Children just because they want to.All Adults have a capacity to build or destroy, to make or to break.
The club must recruit and train competent
caring people so that we can provide the right
environment where children can fulfil their
Start on Time
Finish on Time
Say what You’ll Do
Do what You Say
Say “Please” and “Thanks”
Unless you become like little Children you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven
Are Adults Destroying Children’s Sport?
From Hayes’ Hotel to here
125 years Growing