"And yet, our continued obsession with rooting out the "best" players at an early age is having a devastating effect, O'Sullivan says.
"The problem is we are trying to select out the 'talent' far, far too young, by starting highly tiered teams with cuts. We're saying these eight-year-olds are on the top team, so they get the best coaching and best facilities, and these other kids go down this house league track. "
O'Sullivan says this makes little sense, even if your only goal is to develop the top athletes."
It's not a new concept and many people are aware of it in skiing. A few of us have been pushing for it in the competitive freeride scene in Canada but the industry doesn't really favour it. It's not glorious and doesn't appear to sell, but that is a short sighted view. J Lev has it right but will other people follow suit? Look at half pipe skiing. Thoughts?
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