Skip to comments.Kids flee football in light of NFL violence, Pop Warner participation plummeting
Posted on 12/01/2013 8:03:42 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
For Eddie Mason, the decision wasnt difficult. The NFL veterans 10-year-old son, Tyler, wont play tackle football until high school.
Mr. Masons decision wasnt a result of the burgeoning national discussion about footballs role in brain injuries. Instead, he believes children should learn the games fundamentals without tackling. Mr. Mason, who played three seasons at linebacker for the Redskins before retiring in 2003, sees a problematic culture infecting footballs lowest levels thats inextricably connected to the safety concerns.
This brash kind of mindset, the underdog mindset, Mr. Mason said, this hard-core attitude kind of deal about who hits the hardest [is part of the issue]. If you look back over the last eight to 10 years, players showing up in the NFL are technically unsound. Were eight to 10 years behind developing fundamentals for how to play the sport.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Raising a generation of wimps.
Mass signup in dance school for boys is seen in the near future..............this is the disease we are witnessing.
Yep. The conversional of all strong, masculine, and resilient men of character that could be potentionally rebellious to the Empire into gay, effeminate pusses that will do the AntiChrist’s bidding without question, in bentover fashion, of course.
I tend to agree that some contact sports need to be toned down for youngsters. I have seen cases where parents started amping their kids up at early ages to “build an edge” Know of one case where the parents, then the high school coaches fried a young man’s brains on “enhancement” drugs (”special mixtures” heavy on the speed). Instead of likely becoming a college star (he was talented enough that he probably would have gone far without the drugs) and possibly moving to the NFL, the kid was so toasted at 20 years of age that he was unemployable and a bit nuts to boot. He would ride his bike to local watering holes where locals who knew his story would talk him up and foot the bill for a few beers, then give him rides home. Never saw him drunk, and the stuff lurking behind his eyes was enough to break your heart.
This is a stupid article. There will ALWAYS be enough young, tough men to play the game. This is an exercise in culling the herd early, to prevent injury to kids who would normally have no business playing football anyways.
Although he sounds like he's well intentioned, Assemblyman Benedetto is misguided in his effort to ban youth football. Not every kid is into soccer and there's boys and girls (yes, we had a few girls that played and were contributers!) that are rough and tumble kinds of kids that really enjoy playing football and it's family friendly with parental involvement in coaching, spotting (insuring that every player gets to play a minimum number of plays), chain crew, concessions, fund raising and as board members. It's all for the benefit of the kids who are playing football and cheerleading. While I appreciate Assemblyman Benedetto's concern, he's sticking his nose into something that's none of his business! The decision to play youth football is up to the parent and their children, not some politician in Albany. This reeks of nanny statism and I hope that Benedetto's bill dies a quick death.
No high hits, no hard hits, no kickoff, no cussing, no bullying and LOTS of gay players.
We need eye-rolling in the huddle and butt-slaps with a thoughtful linger. The cheerleaders will be safe and the players will carry their newly bought shoes home for them.
And no one will watch.
Otherwise, their prophecy that we are becoming a nation of wusses will be self-fulfilling.
bull, kids these days are fleeing football because they are all a bunch of pansy metrosexuals that can’t cut a real mans game.
“Raising a generation of wimps.”
Maybe, but my now deceased father-in-law suffered his whole life from a back injury he suffered playing college football. All these contact sports are fine if it’s really what the kid wants, but all too often, its “daddy” who is looking to “live vicariously” through his kid that drives youngsters to “make daddy proud” of him or her. Funny thing is, when a child is injured, daddy isn’t hurt at all physically.
He can still “live vicariously” sitting in front of his TV farting and drinking beer watching a bunch of overpaid minorities kick the $hit out of each other. Rah, rah!
Yep. Perhaps change the rules some. Maybe go back to leather helmets?
Nope. Just pretend like it doesn't exist. That'll show 'em.
Just have them play flag football.
easy solution to the concussion problem. Get rid of helmets.
No helmets. No idiots ramming people with their head.
As the comic book store gift advisor said on "Big Bang Theory", "What's the perfect gift for a 13-year-old boy? A 13-year-old girl."
My father, who played football through his military academy days and into his time in the Marine Corp suffered back pain forever, and had a complete set of false front teeth early one. I don’t think he would have traded it, but...
My nephew in 10th grade suffered a head injury playing football which put him out of school for a year.
There are a lot of instances of wussification, but I don’t know what to say about that.