Pros and cons of sports travel teams

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Pros and cons of sports travel teams

The issue of travel teams, is it right, not right; the difficulty becomes is it going to enhance who they are. We live in an age where you don't see kids playing outside anymore. You just don't see kids playing out in the front yard anymore. We just don't trust it, and I get it. The reality is that I believe in it. I believe that kids should have that exposure, whether they are boys or whether they are girls, to competitive sports. I think there is a great gift in it. The difficulty is, when is it too much? How do you know that it's too much? Well, you don't want your child to be the only good player or the worst player by far, I don't think they get as much out of it. The time commitment is very important because this is an avenue for them to learn and get new mentors and meet new families. As long as that environment is healthy for your child. I think it's positive. It's good for them. Just be leary when the environment is ultra competitive and it's no longer about the kids. A good environment, but then was pushed out of that sport and the child comes to hate that sport because of that. They will have to find something new.

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Rob Kodama

Director of Admissions & Marketing, Crespi Carmelite High School

Mr. Kodama has been a Certified Gurian Trainer since 2007. He is the Director of Admissions, Marketing, and Public Relations at Crespi Carmelite High School. He is also the head soccer coach and the Director of K-sports Soccer Camps. He has been involved in the educational field since 1991.  In his role as the Director of Admissions he has increased enrollment at Crespi Carmelite High School nearly 20% within his first five years. He has taught a revolutionary course called ”Becoming a Man” to seniors at Crespi Carmelite High School for the past eight years. In this innovative class, he challenges his students to look at what it truly means to become a man in our society. He explores what their roles are as sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, and mentors. He has presented this class at the Gurian Institute in Colorado Springs. He has served as the social studies department chair, and taught World Cultural Geography, US History, AP Macroeconomics, Micro Economics, and World History.

As a certified trainer and teacher, Mr. Kodama brings a wide variety of experience working with children, parents, students, and athletes. He has been training parents and schools about how boys and girls learn differently and how to help them succeed in school since 2007. He was recently the Keynote Speaker at Pierce College in Woodland Hills for the Early Childhood Development program. He has presented numerous times at The Gurian Summer Institute in Colorado Springs, and has worked with the following schools: Berkeley School, Crossroads Christian, Serra High School, Encino Presbyterian Children’s Center, St. Mel’s School, Kirk of the Valley School, Laurel Hall, Weekday Preschool, Young Oak Kim Academy, Our Lady of Malibu, Palma High School, and Army Navy Academy.

As a coach, he has worked with both boys and girls as young as four, through college. He has been running soccer camps, clinics, and coaching for over 20 years throughout the Los Angeles area. Many of his players have gone on to play at advanced levels of soccer.

He grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He is the youngest of five siblings, and is married and has a seven year-old son and six year-old daughter.

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