Thursday, March 24, 2011

Youth Player Impact

I think it's generally agreed that if your team is stacked with youth players then it's going to be a rough year at the WCP Cup. Youth players generally are too small, too scared and too weak fundamentally to make a significant impact for a contending team. That said, one of the main tactical decisions teams must now make each year - with the implementation of the player movement restriction - is to scout for a quality youth player(s) and try and get them on the team with consideration for future tournaments.

This can be a slippery slope.

If you have a youth player on your roster then it's required you play that player - No stockpiling future stars and then sitting them on the bench.
To recruit a youth player you often need to recruit his friends as well so that he likes his teammates - That means more than one youth player that needs to get minutes.
If, after more than a year, those players then have friends on another team or want to make their own team - Bye bye future and years invested on getting those players to like your squad.

There is no foolproof way to recruit young players. Anyone is viable to leave at any time, even with the movement restrictions. What I'm hoping to see in 2012 is that the majority of quality youth players from 2011 stick with their countries and really make the element of scouting players a part of future tournaments, to go along with having a Saskatoon connection.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

great post

Kirk O'Dooley said...

It is hard to recruit strong youth players and you are right that they can and will eventually leave teams just like a lot of players do. However, they just won't be leaving your team, they will be leaving other teams as well, and may just find their way to your team. So you win some you lose some. Canada picked up an NTC youth player this year and are looking forward to having him on our roster.

Anonymous said...

how many youth players does norway have this year?

yadda-yadda said...

Question- you said its required to play youth players if they are on your roster. what does that mean? is their actually a rule stating they need a set amount of playing time or their will be repercussions?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about this year, but in past years there was clearly a rule stating that all players on the roster must play at least 1 shift a game. Teams were loading up their roster with heritage "player/coaches" that for one reason or another never actually played in the games. I don't know hat the consequences were, but I would assume it would be a fine of some sort.

Kirk O'Dooley said...

I have not seen anything in the rules about a minimum required time for any players. I have also been in contact with the WCP and there is not master rule this year as well, as well as star player rule. If they are youth, I do not believe they need to play, and I am certain you do not need one either.

Anonymous said...

I think its bad to have youth players on your team because some of them think their king shit and think they run the show and when they get benched they get upset and in the end no one wins.

Jean-Yus said...

i think its good, they start playing against players that are bigger faster and stronger and they realize that they need to work to do in order to compete. they may have been at the top level in their age group, but when they come to play with the men, they learn quickly that they arent as good as they were against the smaller younger players. Its a learning step for them and they will become better in the upcoming years once they gain experience and learn how to play the mens game.

Anonymous said...

Kirk, in previous years there was a cap and minimum on Youth players (something like 3 or so). Now there is no minimum, but you can have up to 10 youth players. I'm glad they got rid of the 'star' player rule. The more 'stars' or out of town players you get the better the tournament is. It would be nice if they'd cap and/or contstrict the number of teams in the tourney though.