However, in this post I’m talking about Youth Football. I think many of the kids in Youth Football are more focused on playing the whole game. All four quarters and the full 40 minutes . As opposed to playing each down & each snap of the ball for what it is.
It seems kids have a hard time chunking down the game into what I see is the essence of football. That is … EVERY snap of the ball has a life of it’s own and while it may not seem possible to kids on the field … each play does have an impact on the final result.
It’s hard for kids to get their heads around the reality that a football game is not 40 minutes.
Football is a game of Inches and Seconds
The Challenge is:
- Kids don't think in inches
- Kids don't think in seconds
It’s hard to teach kids that every play is a universe in and of itself. It’s also hard to teach kids that each play really can make a difference in the overall game. Finally, it’s hard to teach kids that it’s a team effort.
There are a lot of parallels to life in this statement.
Life is not a game … or is it?
Youth sports teaches our kids a lot about life. Beyond the obvious Win / Loss records. Youth Sports does teach kids about camaraderie and a lot about themselves. I’m still trying to figure out how to get kids thinking about taking each play, that 10-30 seconds of their lives, and giving it their all. Maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe these are things that they shouldn’t need to deal with until they are older. After all … this is Youth Spots.
What did you learn because of your involvement with youth sports? Either as a kid or as an adult. For me I learned ten times more coaching kids than I ever learned when I played. Back then I was that kid that couldn’t get my head around the idea that Football is a game of Inches and Seconds.
Video Credits: Warner Bros Pictures
Warning: This video clip is great, but may not be suitable for young children and those that have sensitive ears.