Do any clubs out there actually track the skills development of their underage players (I mean youngsters, u8, u10, u12)? I have realized recently that in the club I’m involved with now, we train the groups as a whole, and are happy enough if the group generally gets better at soloing, kicking etc. But within that there are kids who are just doing it wrong and the more they practice the more they develop the wrong technique and will stop improving over time.
My theory is that it would be useful to track each player at each skill (in our case, we are’t huge, so there isn’t a vast amount of kids). And the goal is to improve each child’s score year on year. So they should be better at the end of the season then the start. This has the other advantage of the child being only judged against themselves and their own ability rather then the group as a whole (and other kids with maybe more natural abilities).
It also allows coaches to focus on individual children and train them for their weaknesses, not their strengths.
It all makes sense to me! And I assume there is something along those lines out there - but I would be grateful if someone could let me know if there is or isn’t.