Introduction

In business, the phrase for empowering change and leading in workplace in the early-90's was to "teach the elephant to dance."  Preschool education, a product of change in its own right, is still, up to this day, often looked upon by outsiders that don't understand it as a process of "herding kittens."  This same phrase has been carried over into sports.  It is oftne used to describe the introductory sports process becuase it is how many interpret the coaching of early learners, children 18 months to 5 years in sports.  

The truth is, in sports case, it has occurred often enough to say that the process or lack thereof has resulted in a kitten herding effect.  Early learning in sports is one of the two bookends to youth sports.  Too often mistaken as youth sports, it suffers the scrutiny of mistaken identity.  At the end of the day, a toddler or preschool-aged child is not an elementary-aged learner.  As such they must be looked upon and taught differently.  In the case of elementary-aged children, it is about teaching the unsportsmanlike how to be more sportsmanlike.  This principle of becoming and eventually being sportsmanlike is something that makes sports important to us.  It represents to us sound moral and ethical judgement that is at the heart of the fabric of our society, learn and follow rules and traditions.   

The problem is young children are not wired to follow the rules, they don't yet understand that life has rules they must follow let alone sports.  Further, they don't care about sports traditions, they are happy creating their own new traditions minute-by-minute, day-by-day.  It all exactly lines up with teaching an elephant to dance or herding kittens.  So if this is the case, how do we begin to see results without waiting until they mature.  

Inside Out Thinking

Essentially, it requires a process that requires keeping sports simple and making learning fun, a lot harder to do long-term than it might at first seem.