That is a rant!
stole a pair!
Thinking about the game all day - for sure! Documentary says they were doing the same thing kids self organizing, going to the courts etc.
We did this a bit ourselves but harder when more spreadout.
When coaching a few years ago I read/heard some ideas about starting practice with pick up or end with pick up. Kids ask - what are the rules. I told them ITS YOUR GAME - make up the rules but everyone needs to agree.
Kid looked stunned but then like it
as far as forgetting cleats and shinguards -
I kept extra shinguards to give out because I know how it is to be disorganized as a kid.
But at some point kid needs to learn no shinguards no game.
As far as all this talk about forgetting shin guards. In Kearny you were mocked if you WORE shinguards and didn't push your socks down as far as they go. I don't recall if shingaurds were required in games (late 70's early 80;s) but definietly a no-no in kearny practices.