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Do ball hog disrupt the flow of good teams?
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Do ball hog disrupt the flow of good teams?
Depends on how skilled the team is and if they are a continous passing team. A ball hog is not thinking of the team, only themselves.
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depends on what style the coach wants to play - the right one or the wrong one. unless this is girls soccer, which seems to thrive on ball-hogginess.
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There is only one correct answer......YES!
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Of course. However, many teams do win a lot of games by constantly feeding the ball to a highly talented ball hog so if the goal is simply to win games it's not always a terrible strategy. Unfortunately, pumping the ball to the talented striker all game long works for some teams.
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What happens when your team is very talented and the ball hog is a black hole that over dribbles and is losing the ball 75% of the time?How do you address the problem? Have the kids do it? Talk to the coach what are some of the better options?
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What happens when your team is very talented and the ball hog is a black hole that over dribbles and is losing the ball 75% of the time?How do you address the problem? Have the kids do it? Talk to the coach what are some of the better options?
I was the poster that said there is only one correct answer, yes. Because you asked if it disrupts a GOOD team. If they are a good team, then a ball hog actually makes the team weaker, and definitely disrupts the flow. That will not make them win more games as another poster wrote.

Kids talking to the player usually doesn't work, especially if their parent is constantly yelling "take it yourself". I have seen kids act on their own and just refuse to pass the ball to that player. Not ideal team play either.

You can talk to the coach, but if he/she noticed it they should have benched the player after they didn't follow instructions. Of course, the age of the players will have a lot to do with it also.

If there are politics in play, or the coach thinks that is one of their "better players" and they're all about winning, you're facing an uphill battle. Either just accept it, or run for the hills.....Good Luck
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I was the poster that said there is only one correct answer, yes. Because you asked if it disrupts a GOOD team. If they are a good team, then a ball hog actually makes the team weaker, and definitely disrupts the flow. That will not make them win more games as another poster wrote.

Kids talking to the player usually doesn't work, especially if their parent is constantly yelling "take it yourself". I have seen kids act on their own and just refuse to pass the ball to that player. Not ideal team play either.

You can talk to the coach, but if he/she noticed it they should have benched the player after they didn't follow instructions. Of course, the age of the players will have a lot to do with it also.

If there are politics in play, or the coach thinks that is one of their "better players" and they're all about winning, you're facing an uphill battle. Either just accept it, or run for the hills.....Good Luck
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depends on what style the coach wants to play - the right one or the wrong one. unless this is girls soccer, which seems to thrive on ball-hogginess.
I thought girls soccer thrived on jogging around and then kicking the ball out of bounds, and then jogging back to their position.
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To me, a lot depends on the level of ballhoggery. If a player never tries to take on a defender 1x1, they'll never develop that skill.

And occasionally, it's ok to try to take on 2 defenders, as again, I think that helps develop skills.

On the other hand, players that always ignore the easy option, or players that try to develop those skills deep in their own half, or who ignore the easy pass to turn blindly into 3 defenders or who constantly take 30-yard prayer shots are definitely harmful to their teams and their own development.

As one of the well known trainers in my area always says, "American parents are too concerned about ballhogs. You know who was a ballhog? Messi. You know who else? Ronaldo!"
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