We had a conversation on the show today about kids playing football. Ray said he is going to be thought of as a bad parent because he allows his son to play this physical game. I am of the thinking that young kids (under 10 years old) should not play tackle football. If your child plays before 10 years of age, is that a bad thing? NO, it’s a you thing! You have to determine as a parent when your kids play football or any sports for that matter. As long as your child is enjoying the game, as long as you as a parent are involved and as long as the proper technique is taught, then have at it.
With all that said my oldest son is 18 and he didn’t play until he was 12. My two young boys are 9 and 11 and they are asking to play, and have been asking for the last few years. They both have played baseball, soccer, basketball, wrestled, ran track, done swim team and played flag football. I think they are ready to give this tackle football thing a go! Furthermore I can’t keep telling them maybe next year. So we are going to give it a shot!! I am still a little reluctant, but they really want to play. I will be an assistant coach, I will be on the field helping out and I will make sure that things are done the right way, with sound technique and solid fundamentals. I am looking forward to how they do, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Football is a tough sport and summer workouts are down right miserable. Football teaches kids about teamwork, sacrifice and dedication every time you step on the field. Football has helped shape me into the man I am today and I am proud of that. My mom did not let me play until High School because she said I was too skinny and that I was going to get hurt. It worked out well for me.
Whatever your decision as a parent with kids in athletics, make sure your kids are having fun and learning about life along the way. Learning about winning, losing, sportsmanship, disappointment, friendship, teamwork, leadership, dedication, and hard work. Enjoy the games!!
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