by Leonard Marks, MD
The battle for truth, justice, and the American way, space age style: During the heat of the space race in the 1960’s, the U.S. National
Aeronautics and Space Administration decided it needed a ballpoint pen to write in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules. After
considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of about $1 million U.S. The pen worked and also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on Earth. The Soviet Union, faced with the same problem, used a pencil.
Isn’t this a typical American problem – too much glitz? I think this can be underwritten in American Soccer – tournaments, pageants, loads of accessories designed to make someone money and to convince parents to buy them – good grief, look at the new soccer boots.
It also underwrites what you/we are trying to do with the current Coaching methodology. Get back to the basics and let the game speak for itself.
Congratulations on resolving the U-10 ‘tournament’ issue in Northern California. Just goes to show that something can be accomplished in twenty years of consistent educating. I am glad that the ‘Children are finally Winners’ with less glitz and more play!