2012 Youth Nationals - A Coaches View, by Fred Seaward
I had a great time at the Youth Nationals as one of the coaches of the Alberta team. I watched a lot of great players and great darts. They are the future of this sport in Canada.
They play a considerable amount of darts in a very short period of time. The only break they get is at the banquet for about 3-4 hours, then it's time to say good bye until next year or until they see each other at another tournament.
The comradeship that is displayed during this time frame is amazing. They are true ambassadors of the sport in Canada. Whether they win or lose they are having a good time. They show a great respect for the game and how it should be played, something a lot of adults need to learn.
I am proud of the players I watched and helped, whether on the Alberta team or another. Those that graduate to the adult ranks will be greatly needed and those that are still there will do great in the following years.
I send my deepest congratulations to those that won and those that did not quite make it to the winners circle. Next year you may be that person that wins. Keep playing whether in the youth ranks or in the adult ranks.
They are an amazing group of people that play for the love of the game and the competition. Each year they play their hearts out and it shows at the Nationals.
Best of luck, play well in the following year to come.
Coach, 2012 Team Alberta Youth National Championships