English 125 T/TH
Football is a sport that reflects life, and in both you must prepare for success in order to achieve it. There are various stages of life and lessons within each one to learn from and grow to take to the next. Most of the players that have played at the highest level of football began there preparation as a student of the game in their formative years long before the NFL was ever a possibility in their life. Through dedication to better their craft, perseverance, and the will to overcome, they realized what everyone should be conscious of: Regardless of the person or profession, the only limits we have are the ones we place on ourselves.
For many players, their journey started with being signed up for youth football. Usually ranging from ages 5 and up, this stage is to teach fundamentals of the sport. Although the rules of the game are definitely important and key for their development, it’s characteristics such as teamwork, leadership, discipline, and effort that will resonate within the young boys and girls participating at this level. Children of this age are expected by their parents and peers to have self-control and to show signs of discipline. Elementary school is Kelly 2
When kids learn to take on individual responsibilities that benefit the group as a whole. These core concepts are reinforced everyday throughout school and during football practice when they can apply these skill sets and can participate in the progression of the team. I had the opportunity to play PeeWee football and I remember we didn’t have the best team, but our coach never got angry; he would only be mad if we didn’t show effort or compete. I also recently coached a youth football team myself, and what I love about this level is that there are no egos to check or stats to keep. The only thing to worry about is to have fun and get better; this is why in my opinion it’s the purest form of football. It lays the...