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FreePlay JOTP's Model

JOTP has created a new Youth Sports Model called FreePlay. The Model is based and grounded in Science of development and the Best Practice delivery. The FreePlay Model is building interest from around the world as a new and refreshing delivery of youth development.

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FreePlay Basics

  • Hours of practice

  • Inquiry

  • Variety of materials and spaces

  • Variety of players

Why Our Model is Necessary?

The Current Kids Situation


Saturated schedules

Excess of coaching and training with no chance to play

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Youth burn out before reaching their full potential

Current Soccer Model Vs. Our model

JOTP's FreePlay

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Current Soccer Model

This model is based on results which it may drive to early frustrate the kids and not create adherence to sports

JOTP's Model

We support this model because it is essential to provide kids with spaces where they can play to acquire fundamental skills. This creates adherence, and they will use these skills in later developmental stages

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Current Soccer Model

The natural progression of kids' development has disappeared

JOTP's Model

Our model provides the space where kids can develop this expertise

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Example of the Current Soccer Model

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Study of Hockey Players

There are two main conclusions:

  • There is a big drop off as DP overtakes FP

  • Those who put in the most FreePlay (pond hockey) continued, thrived

Examples of the JOTP's FreePlay Model


Zinedine Zidane


Diedo A. Maradona


Johan Cruyff


Other Examples

  • Minnesota's 1950's east side St. Paul Hockey

  • 4 High School Hockey State Championships (Johnson H.S.)

  • During the 1950s students shoveled off parts of Lake Phalen because there were no enclosed arena

  • 5 members of 1960 Gold medal Olympic Hockey team

  • Herb Brooks came from this group and changed the world

How play 'works'


All Animals Play.  

Play precceeds language and culture.

Play builds both

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Why Play?

"The object is to run as little as possible, not as much as possible."

--Johan Cryuff

According to evolutionary law, There are two ways to improve actions



Play focuses on EASY--how?

Skill is mover than movem

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