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Coaches should foster a love for football, not just yell and scream

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 5:08 pm | Updated: 6:48 pm, Wed Sep 26, 2012.

I have been a football fan, player and coach for some time now. It is safe to say, like most people in Alabama, I love the game of football.

I have recently noticed a decline in participation in the sport I love in our middle and high schools. I believe I recently found the answer to why, at a youth football game.

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  • Truthurts posted at 6:41 pm on Thu, Oct 4, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    @ JCarlosQ posted at 9:14 am on Wed, Oct 3, 2012

    So you are saying in essence and taken from Jerry Clower "someone let the air out the ball" so theres no school? I hope thats not the only reason some kids do go to school.

  • JCarlosQ posted at 9:14 am on Wed, Oct 3, 2012.

    JCarlosQ Posts: 169

    Truthurts, how did you arrive to this conclusion of no sports in school?
    Can you name me at least one professional sports athlete that never played their sport in high school? I think the only ones that can say they never did are probably MMA fighters and WWF wrestling/acting.

    And no, Sports don't interrupt class. In fact, were it not for sports many students wouldn't have the motivation to graduate.

  • Truthurts posted at 8:27 pm on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    Truthurts Posts: 169

    Heres a novel sports in public high schools period. What does sports accomplish in 9-12 grades? If its sportmanship then that should have been accomplished before high school. I am sure most kids in high school that are able have learned to bounce, shoot, kick, catch, hit, throw a ball and run or jump and wrestle( probably learned out side of school). If it is about staying physically fit then that is what P.E. or possibly their backyard is for right? All scholarships should be academic. If a person wants to become a baseball, football or any ball star or a track star then that person should look at after school ball like little leage baseball and after high school a college or professional team. Too much money and emphasis is placed on sports in high school to the point that it interrupts class due to pep rallys and parades. Hauling them around on buses and burning fuel is expensive. Some high schools are opting out on sports and focusing more on education. Afterall education is what high schools are for right?

  • The American Citizen posted at 7:56 pm on Sun, Sep 30, 2012.

    The American Citizen Posts: 91

    WOW! I agree with both Johns...I umpired around here in small ball to find that it also is live and well in baseball. Most of the coaches wouldn't know the "rules" of baseball if it hit them in the face. They never played the game or maybe little league, but think they are the next Bobby Cox. It's funny how I umpired All-Star games and the little boys have the same names as the coaches becomes a dad & son event, and most of the players are terrible, and makes me wonder how they made the "All-Star" team until you remember they have the same last name as their coach. Back to football, I agree with John Thompson...5-12 year olds out there is way too young to start playing football. Junior high is the right time to be under a school program with coaches that are paid to know the game and develop the players. Mr. Holcomb is right in how the coaches scream and talk down to the players. Sure, in high school my football coach wasn't a Sunday School Teacher and his language wouldn't make it either, but he brought discipline to the team. That's why NICK SABAN has the kind of team he has. But talking down and screaming just to make the "nobody" coach look big is wrong. I bet most of the coaches never played football or if they did, they stood and watched the game from the sidelines. Just like the baseball coaches..Go figure...LEARN the RULES or LEAVE the FIELD.

  • John Thompson posted at 9:28 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    John Thompson Posts: 405

    John, the one thing I disagree with you on is that it is not a good thing to start these kids at the age of five or even twelve for that matter.
    They can learn about organized sports through their school activities.
    At that age they are taught poor fundamentals, poor judgement and poor sportsmanship because of poor leadership and poor vision by those leaders.
    Mommy and Daddy think they can turn their average child into the next Sunday Super Star or Olympic heroine.
    It makes it very difficult for high school coaches to first encourage the already burnt out child to participate and then to rid him or her of the bad habits they were taught when they were younger.

  • Dada746 posted at 9:06 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    Dada746 Posts: 1

    For shame is right, but I think the school has taken care of that problem.

  • thebest posted at 8:58 pm on Wed, Sep 26, 2012.

    thebest Posts: 33

    Thought this was gonna be about the Douglas coach who was fired. Guess that's gonna be swept under the rug on good ole boy Sand Mountain. For shame.