How Important is Football for Kids

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Football Was the Most Influential Part of My Childhood!

Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why Football for Kids is Excellent!

1. My Football Coach Taught Me to Sit in the Front of the Classroom!

The way he explained it to me was why it stuck. The classroom is like the teachers Game Day. When it was explained to me like this I never sat in the back of the room or misbehaved again. I knew there was a time and place for everything. Do not get me wrong I was a normal kid but when I realized there was not a chance I would goof off in even practice let alone a game it really made me realize the importance. So, I sat in the front of every class and paid attention. Which is probably why I have two degrees and excelled in school. There was no way I would have been able to get straight A's sitting in the back of the room, goofing off, or sleeping. I wanted to be a leader in sports so I carried that over into the classroom and it worked.

2. I Could Ask My Football Coaches the Questions That I Wouldn't Dare Ask a Teacher or My Parents!

Football for kids is better than any class because unlike teachers that you see for 45 minutes every day or even every other day, you see your football coaches for 2-8 hours a day depending on what time if the year it is. In the time kids get to really know and trust their coaches. In most cases they want to be like their coaches. Some times we as coaches do not realize just how big an impact that we have in the rest of the kids lives. A large chunk of my real life education came from football.

3. Football Gave Me An Outstanding Work Ethic!

There is nothing in a kid's life more time consuming (in a good way) than sports. Nothing is handed to you and you have to work harder than the guy in front or behind you or you will not get or will lose your job on the field. This is exactly what the real world is like. I have coached multiple sports and I believe this is most prevalent in football because there are so many kids on the team all fighting for the same spots but for the same cause at the same time. It takes ultimate work ethic and competitiveness but an absurd amount of unselfishness at the same time to make a team great!

4. Football Taught Me How to Deal with Adversity!

You prepare for 12 months physically, mentally, and emotionally for just a few games. The amount of focus it takes to prepare your body in this way is a huge reason why football for kids is outstanding. There are times when things are great and times when they are awful. They will laugh and they will cry with both joy and sadness. They also have to be able to push through and keep focused enough to keep the team strong. Just like in their careers and their families. Life is not always easy obviously and football made me push through things so difficult that when adversity struck it was easy to deal with.

5. Football for Kids = TOUGHNESS!

The coach who taught me more about life than any of the others used to always say "Toughness is a learned behavior." This could not be more true! If a child sits in his room and plays video games all day or plays only sports that are none contact how could they ever understand how to deal with bumps and bruises. Think about who some of the toughest people you know are. The ones who never miss work weather they are sick or have injuries because they have to be there to provide for their families. I guarantee they played some form of contact sport or had a childhood that had physical and mental demands in some way. Whether it be they grew up on a farm or in the roughest of neighborhoods. It is not a coincidence that they are the way they are. It is because they learned to have physical and mental toughness.
Obviously there are many more reasons that football for kids is outstanding. These are just the ones that had a great impact on my life. We would love to hear other stories or reasons that your child or you play or played the game we love. Leave your stories in the comments below!

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  • Mike Wiggins

    How true this rings. From the time my son was able to play organized football (flag,biddy,Jr. high, and to date varsity football) , you could see the love for this game in his eyes. My son has been blessed through sports to experience a since of belonging to a family that has taught him dedication, hard work, and loyalty that will never sway. There have be situations in games where giving up would have been the easy path to take. But instead I watch my son get back up, reach over and help other teammates up and strive on. My son recently lost his grandfather who was a significant person in his life, especially on the topic of sports. At the calling hours at the funeral home I witnessed Coaches, and Teammates show up, those same teammates that he has reached out to help up during games or practices where they needed help, encouragement and support. Why did they come because they knew one of their family members were hurting, and that he needed them. They also knew that if the tables where turned, that my son would be there for them. As my son enters his Senior year this coming fall, and I reflect over the positive things that football and many other sports have played in our families lives. I can with certainty say that I have no regrets, other than the fact that we can not go back and experience it again. The friends, life lessons learned, and memories will forever be a part of our sons and our lives forever.———————————— Mike and Karen Wiggins

  • Jim dickson

    In my experience as a little league coach for the last few years I find it almost unbelievable the difference in my kids from the beginning of the season to the end !! We start out as a group of young individuals and coaches trying to form a winning TEAM and by the end of the season we not only form that TEAM but we also create Memories, Brothers,Freinds that will last a lifetime!! I know as a coach I can say all the kids I have coached will always have a special place in my heart & I will always be thankful for what we accomplished together as a TEAM !!

  • Tannis Dorscht

    My son has Developmental Coordination Disorder. Really a fancy medical way to say that his is super uncoordinated. All through school he wanted to play spots and be on a team but there was never really the right sport for him. He couldn’t run as fast as his peers, couldn’t catch or throw a ball, couldn’t skate or stop a puck or soccer ball. Bless his heart he never gave up. When he was 14 we moved to a small town where football is a very prevalent sport. Being the new kid in a junior high life was not great. One day another football player approached my son and said… hey you should come out and play football. My son at the time was 5’9″ and 190 lbs, He wasn’t fast and he wasn’t agile but he was big, Just what the O line needed. That football season was the first time I think he felt like he was truly part of a team, an important part of a team. Football is like that no matter what your job, what you size or how fast you are, you have a job and you matter. That big junior high kids went on to paly high school football, made life time friends and gained confidence I know he wouldn’t have without football. After high school he tried out and made the Junior Football team in the city but chose not to play due to other commitments. He was away from football for a year and has returned to coach his little brothers PeeWee team. The excitement and passion I see back in his eyes warms my heart. The bond I see developing between my boys brings tears to my eyes. Football is the most amazing team sport teaches everything the article talks about and more. I know that my son would not be the amazing young man he is today if it weren’t for that boy in junior high asking him to come out for football. In his words to that young man the night of their last game together, “Thank you for telling that fat kid to come out and play ball, you changed my life.”

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