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Saturday, January 16 • 9:30am - 10:30am
5 Years of Free Play — The Building of a Free Play-Based Model

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Remember the "good old days" of neighborhood games, pick up baseball, basketball and pond hockey? What if pick-up soccer could be revived here in the U.S.? This is the story of Joy of the People (nickname of Garrincha) and our five-year adventure of putting a crazy theory to practice: just let the kids play. We will share our successes, mistakes, shortfalls and discoveries as we show what happened when the inmates (the kids) run the asylum.

Looking at expert performing players, talking to them, speaking with coaches and reviewing the literature, those players grew up far differently than today’s players: 1. They played at it first, a lot, mostly without coaching 2. They worked at it second, with more formalized training later, sometimes as late as the age of 16.

If this is how the best players developed, why not replicate it? If it’s important, why not place it in the curriculum? Joy of the People (JOTP) presents an elegant long term player development model, an approach to person-centered sport that combines free play and deliberate practice with long-term planning and an understanding of human development.

JOTP will show the theory behind this model and the practical implications:
1. Why is free play important?
2. What does it teach?
3. Is there a developmental window?
4. How does it relate to Deliberate Practice and the 10,000 hours?

And we will show the practical implications of the model:
1. Building the environment from the ground up
2. Methodology
3. Attributes of great free play environments
4. How to build it in your club/park/neighborhood
5. Building long term sustainability 

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Ted Kroeten

Artistic Director, Joy of the People
Ted Kroeten is the founder and Artistic Director of Joy of the People, a groundbreaking organization devoted to study and delivery of Free Play. Kroeten has developed Powered By Joy®, a new youth sport model that  focuses on a more organic and healthy learning pathway. Kroeten... Read More →

Saturday January 16, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am EST

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