Charles W. Wood wrote:Or what do you do to make juniors into "Adult league" players?
Greg Breed wrote:Charles W. Wood wrote:Or what do you do to make juniors into "Adult league" players?
Just play them in the leagues. Encourage them when they lose and congratulate them when they win.
Nigel Wright wrote:I think the quality of the club members in each club is vital, as if they are too old, or not junior friendly or something, then the juniors can/will be put off. I was lucky enough to join a smallish club (9/10 members at the time) that was extremely friendly and keen to help me progress, and treated me as an equal in general socialising when I first started league chess at about 14/15. I also had a lot of confidence in meeting new people and doing new things, so that probably contributed quite a bit.
Nigel Wright wrote:I'm sorry, I don't quite understand what you're asking in your last post...
Nigel Wright wrote:How do you mean what I do? For what? (sorry)
Nigel Wright wrote:I'm more of a joint controller atm, I've not really done much apart from some Arbiting this year, thanks to reasons involving my health, as well as BT...
I do more (well, I'm on a time-out atm) for junior chess than anything else, mainly because I want kids to enjoy it as much as I did, even though I had to co-organise a lot of the tournaments I played in to make sure that they happened...
Nigel Wright wrote:I don't really know, I just tried to make sure everything ran as smoothly as possible, and just enjoying myself on the day, and it seemed to make others enjoy it as well.
I think that the fact that I am still a Youth myself gives me a potential huge advantage over other organisers, as kids are more themselves around me, and we can relate so easily. I've been told that my enthusiasm is very infectious, and contributes to getting kids involved and enjoying themselves, and that a lot of kids look up to me. I can't see it myself, I'm just going on what I've been told by observers, but I seem to have a way with younger kids mainly it seems in terms of enthusiasm etc.
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