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  1. #1 Help with science proj. patterns in youth soccer 
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    I'm doing a science project on why children swarm around a soccer ball as youths, why this changes with age, and is there a mathematical pattern to it.
    I would like some help as to where to get started with my research. what is the technical term for developing child movement. I can not word it correctly, as you can see. Thanks.


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    I think its just because as you grow older you learn more things...When your littler your kinda just paying attention on you and your goal, in this case, to get the ball, whereas when your older, you learn to benfit youself, you have to play it tactically. I personally dont think there is a mathmatical pattern to it, but it would be an interesting topic to learn about. What did you come up with?
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    The closest to mmath I can think of as far as this is concerned is that over the years you learn that the ball moves faster on its own when you kick it then when you are carrying it. So with older youth the individuals will be more spread out so that the ball can do the moving, not the players...
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    it doesnt have to do with math, when your young and playing soccer all you no to do is get the ball. I've never met a 4 year old that stretigically esseses(sorry about the bad spelling) the soccer game.
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    Good idea for a science project!

    Sometimes when I play soccer with my brother we let some kids join in (around 5 or 6 years old). When they play with eachother (6 kids vs my brother and me) then they really just swarm at the ball and even fight about it within their team (as if they don't understand what it means to be in a team together). But if we both take some kids in our team and try to pass them the ball and then ask it back, they sometimes understand the trick. One boy of around 6 years really started positioning himself, and then pointed me where to stand if I wanted to get the ball back.

    So, as others have mentioned, a lack of capacity to think strategically probably explains much. But it may also have to do with understanding what it means to belong to a team: you're not going to pass the ball if you're not sure you'll ever get one back. And giving something away without getting anything in return could mean your status in the group goes down. Besides, children's brains probably aren't able to grasp that their own chance of scoring a goal actually increases when they pass the ball to others (as long as others do the same).
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    In one of the more recent issues of National Geographic (within the past 3-4 months) there was a series of articles entitled "Why the world loves soccer" in preperation for the World Cup. In this section was a pull out poster that featured diagrams of the ball movement that lead up to goals in several of the recent important world cup matches. This maybe be an interesting thing to check out, I would think most libraries around would have recent periodicals such as that.

    As for finding a mathematical pattern, that would take a tremendous amount of research before you ever were able to find a set that was close enough to call the movement 'patterned.' The only patterns I think you might find would be those of the strategies employed in soccer (like wing play moving the ball forward and then crossed into the box.)

    Good Luck!
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