Our first blog post talked about the safety of football and why parents should not let fear deter them from allowing their sons to play. Our next post talks specifically about why you should let your son play football in Summit. We all want our sons to grow up to be great men. Football is key.
If you want to help your son become a better man, have him play Summit football
1. Football is played in bright sunshine, 90-degree plus heat, freezing rain, frigid snow and bone chilling weather. During life, we will face many storms that we have to weather through. Football teaches us how to do so. To succeed, we must carry on regardless of the weather or whatever crisis we are encountering during that time and stay focused on our path.
2. A huddle is comprised of the big, small, fast, and slow. A huddle is made up of different races, religious beliefs, different economic situations, and unequal mentality levels. We all must work together in order to create a successful play. Football teaches us that in life, we must be able to work with people of all beliefs, talents, races, and religions in order to move forward on our journey towards success. The only color that matters is that of the helmet.
3. A receiver must sometimes go up in a crowd to make a catch. In life, there are times we must rise above the crowd for the good of the whole. Certainly as a husband and a father, a man will need to soar higher for the welfare of his friends and family. You need to have the determination to “go up” when others play it safe on the ground.
4. A lone punt returner must be calm and confident in order to catch a punt with eleven defenders closing in on him. In life, there will be many times a man will need to be calm in the face of a crisis. Football teaches us that in life, like returning a punt, we are not alone and we have other “teammates” we can depend on. We must learn to silence the outside noise and focus on the task at hand.
5. Eleven players must all know the “count” if a play is going to be successful. If one forgets or twitches just a hair, the entire play is a failure. Football teaches us that we must all work with and depend upon others to be successful. If just one person “twitches”, and slips up on the job, the project will not be a success. Football thrives on the concepts of teamwork and accountability.
6. There are times a “goal-line stand” is needed to secure victory. In life, there will be times when we need a strong commitment to others, an unbreakable belief in ourselves, and a heavy perseverance in order to stand up for the team and find success for others. Football, through the “goal line stand”, teaches us how to react when our backs are against the wall and others are counting on us for support. It teaches us how to stand tall and look adversity straight in the eye.
7. Football, like life, is full of highs and lows, successes and setbacks. Football teaches us the importance of getting up after being knocked down. Football emphasizes learning from failures and continuing to move forward, the value of working with and depending on others. Football stresses the character of a person is most important and that bias and prejudice, like in life, holds everyone back.
Post in the comment section below about your experiences. Football has molded boys into men since its inception. There’s nothing more powerful than first hand accounts.