PLAY first! – That is where it all starts. Sport is not supposed to be work it is play. Start with free play that is natural and instinctive; it does not require coaching or supervision. In free play the children, not the adults, determine the structure so they follow their instincts and explore all dimensions of movement with the only limitations their imaginations. The youngster will learn the joy of athletic movement through discovery. Through play they learn how to compete, how to win and lose, how to settle disputes on their own without adult supervision and interference. We must let them be kids first! We have deviated from this in search of the holy grail of early specialization and on accruing the magic 10,000 hours that is the supposed guarantee of athletic excellence. This is philosophically and pedagogically flawed. It destroys kids. Free the kids, let them play. Give back recess.