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Denmark is known for its fantastic junior work. They regularly bring out great talent. At the same time, it is not only topping what the Danish Handbold Association (DHF) is concerned about. According to Claus Hansen, it is important that all children experience mastery at all of their training. But how is it differentiated in children's sport in Denmark?
When it comes to differentiation, DHF has no clear definition of the term. But they have some guidelines that Claus Hansen mentions:
I presented to Claus the following assertion: "The worst players demand the most." And Claus clearly agreed.
Claus's clear view is that new players should be coached by the best coach. This can lead to a faster and more long-term entrance into the handball. We have too many cases of children starting in August and ending in December.
Hansen also believes that instead of sealing, one should identify. It should be the child's inner "drive" and interest that should determine how much the child should exercise. He wants the children themselves to make the choices, whether they want to exercise once or three times a week. When identifying and not sealing, coaches will have less focus on who's the best right now. Looking at the current level, one often overlooks the ability to see who can flourish over time.
Claus Hansen is clear about what the coach's focus in children's sports should be:
This leads to apostasy, not because of the children's choices, but on the basis of a choice we adults have made. A focus on children's individual development, rather than a coach who is dying prematurely, can be a key to minor apostasy.
We look forward to discussing more differentiation next week.
Handball salute, Bjarte Myrhol and Learn Handball team
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