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I do discourage his use of a 1 iron since only God can hit it.
Just my view, but I really do not see a lot of value in letting them play young. Big kids at age 8 are not always big kids at 17. Football is not a skill sport like baseball or hockey. Generally speaking, you are not going to succeed in it if you are 6 foot nothing and running a 5 flat 40. You either have the genetics or you do not. So a kid playing for 10 yrs does not always have the advantage over the genetic freak that starts his freshman or Soph yr (Estelle). I think sports like soccer and basketball promote better athletic growth (footwork). Lacrosse gives you physical contact and footwork, plus the added advantage of competing against over-privileged white kids for scholarships (joke). Flag is a nice substitute. In the end it will be hard to stop them once they hit middle school and have school teams, but until then I can hold out... i think.
All kidding aside, cheer has become increasingly dangerous because of all the required gymnastics. My daughter is 5'6" and just turned 13. She's a cheerleader and insists on learning flips. She's going to be nearly 6' and is simply too tall to be doing much of that stuff. Thank God she doesn't want to be a flyer. Of course every sport carries risk of some sort but younger kids are frequently oblivious. This is slightly off subject but it's interesting how many youth sports programs fail to take even elementary steps to protect kids. My daughter plays fast pitch softball. The program doesn't require face masks for players in the infield. She's been hit in the face twice by balls hit so hard that they knocked the mask completely off. God knows what facial reconstruction would have been required if she hadn't been wearing the thing. When you're pitching at 43 feet you have to have lightning reflexes and sometimes even that doesn't help.
While this was on my mind I visited the local youth football site. I had no idea it cost that much to play Pop Warner football. $160 registration and an additional $120-150 for equipment. Guess it's been a few years since I did this.
Based on my athletic skills and my wife's it's doubtful my kid would make it past the high school level so I'll let them have at it!
Obama is worried about his non-existent sons getting hurt playing football but is in favor of sending his actual daughters to die on the front lines. Solid character, right there.
Signatures are stupid. You should block them.
Yes, if my son wants to play football I will allow it. I can't imagine withholding it from him. I didn't first play in pads until 6th grade, and I don't see much reason to play full contact before then. Most of the youth padded football is so slow because the kids aren't big enough to move while wearing pads. There are flag football and pad football options where we live. He's only 2, so we'll have time to figure it out, but if he wants to play, he'll play.
Can we get our 2-year olds together and on the same team? It would blow Musburger's mind should they both end up at Texas.
There is where I live. Great way to start/play the sport especially at a young age.
Your neighbor is a smart man and his take on soccer is spot on. The footwork, eye/hand/foot control, fitness level, body control and coordination needed to play soccer can prepare a young kid for most sports including football.
Was never keen on mine playing football prior to middle school which means 7th grade. He did it for a couple of years then bowed out. To me if he wants to play then let them play but they have to want to play. Its dangerous enough for kids who are into it. You don't want one on the field that isnt for risk of injury.
For good reason....
What happened on Caddyshack was an anomaly. Plus it was just a movie.
I have a 7th grade boy who wants to play football. He plays competitive soccer year round and may be good enough to continue playing after high school. He's played flag football for the last four years fitting it around his soccer schedule, and did very well, but with the changes in high level competitive soccer he would not be allowed to play school sports. That is if he is good enough to make the academy squad.
He is currently playing school basketball with intentions to do track and soccer at the school. So we are at a crossroads, move to a lower level of competitive soccer, so he can play school sports including football or stay on the competitive track in soccer. As college coaches advised to the soccer families, nothing is decided now with the onset of puberty and it is really up to the kid when they get to be 16 and 17 and how badly do they want it. You as the parents can not make it happen.
Mine decided playing HS sports was more important so he stayed out of the academy but still plays competitive just a notch below. His buddy has played academy the past few years including a national championship but is now ready to move on from it so he can play with his friends in HS. He misses playing with his friends more.
If the end goal is to play professionally the academy may be the way to go but even FCD with all of their teams and academy have no homegrown players on the roster. Pro development in the U.S. is lacking. I have known a couple of kids that went south of the border to join youth academies there.
If its to play collegiately academy is likely the best route although again you can play in college showcases, disney, dallas cup etc..on a team thats a notch below and still get the exposure while playing HS ball too. Given the lack of money for mens soccer collegiately scholarships in full are rare while partials more common but still hard to find. At least at a D1 level. D2 and 3 are a little more accessible. I have some friends who's son has played academy since he was eligible and his team has won a lot of games and tournaments. He's their star forward and is getting look sees from big names-UNC etc...but even then the money for scholarships is lacking. Partials in most cases with the 1 year renewable being just that...so in their case, given all the time and travel the true return on $$ isn't there but he may get to play where he wants in college.
thats a long way of saying he'll figure it out and maybe even change a time or two along the way. just support the decision and you'll be fine.
My oldest is a football junkie, but thinks he is better than he is, doesn't want to work for it.
He is also 5-0' tall, and 89 cents dripping wet.
Has good hands and a nose for the ball though.
With that said, he has started in flag football and now is playing what is called Extreme Flag Football. Mom didn't want him broken in two in Pop Warner yet.
Extreme utilizes helmets and shoulder pads, teaches blocking fundamentals and technique, and wrap-up tacking techniques, within the 10-yard-each-way contact zone (from the line of scrimmage). Once the play moves past the 10-yard-either-way zone (marked with sideline chain gang), then the flags that are worn have to be pulled/used.
The benefit of this is form-tackling is taught, but the body-slam-to-ground part is removed (a penalty if it occurs).
Also, his coach (also the commissioner) is an ex-LB for TCU in the Wacker days. He teaches them a lot of fundamentals and hitting, but again, broken arms and legs are nowhere to be found in the 2 years he's played in this league.
I think this is a good lead-in for him to play football in 7th grade this fall.
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RIP orangehorn Eddie Knight: 8/5/1942 - 12/12/2010
I played 4 yrs of high school football (4 yr starter on o-line) and 4 yrs of high school basketball and only got hurt playing basketball. If my son wants to play, he can play.
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