As our 3v3 pickup program approaches its 20th year, it has been truly amazing to watch the development of these young players. Thousands of young players have enjoyed our pickup program, which was introduced to replicate the kind of pickup play that was so common when I grew up.
Parents constantly rave about the confidence, assertiveness, skills and love of the game that their children are deriving from this program. Because we do not allow any coaching to take place during play, we find the kids are more relaxed, more able to learn through mistakes, and perform without the fear of being judged by adults. On the flip side, parents are learning how much more fun they can have without the stress of always pushing their kids to do better. Let them play and amazing things will happen.
One of the most important benefits of this format is that parents are now finding time to chat and have meaningful conversations with new friends. They seem to like it as much as the kids!