17 Jan Erin Chastain: Parents, don’t worry about age cut-off dates
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Erin Chastain, DePaul University women’s soccer head coach, urges parents to not overthink their child’s best placement in sports.
Parents whose children are near the age cut-off dates for starting school sometimes hold their children back, thinking that later admission into the same age group of sports may create a competitive advantage. However, Erin insists: “If you’re good, you’re good!”
That means if you have the talent and drive to succeed as an “old” 11-year-old, for example, then you can probably also succeed as a”young” 12-year-old. Moreover, Erin says, the ploy rarely works and she considers the mentality of holding back a socially-ready kindergarten-age child from starting school is a “ridiculous mindset.”
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