Culture vs. Everything else

The following is a personal experience that exemplifies the illustration in the previous post.

My son’s soccer team is the typical American suburban, pay-to-play team, where high percentage of what the players have learned about the game has come through organized play rather than culture.

This winter, a kid from an immigrant family joined the team. Several of his friends, also from immigrant families from various places around the world, were interested, as well, and joined in some practices and futsal games.

Most had not played organized soccer, yet their ball skills and game IQ were superior to the rest of the team and were likely good enough to make elite level teams.

While many of our players like to tell us why they don’t need to learn to juggle the ball, the visitor’s younger siblings were on the sidelines juggling the ball.


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