As I write this story, my son Jared is getting ready for flag football playoffs this coming weekend. It could be the end of what has been a very frustrating season for him as well as my wife Sheryl and me.
And like most parents of youth athletes, it can be hard to navigate what to do as the season ends.
The first thing I would tell any parent after a tough season like this is to take a deep breath.
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If you are having coach issues, find out if your child would have to play for the same coaching staff next season. If that’s the case, you might want to check if the program has a second team in that age group and you can ask for your child to be on that team. If the coach is moving up, try to find out who the new coach for your child’s age group will be and ask around to other parents if they’ve had any experience with that coach.
Another option is to find another team or program in your area. Once again, you may want to ask around to other parents who have had experience with the organization or you may know parents who had their kids play in a program you might not be aware of. The bottom line is to find a program that is in the best interests of your child.
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Football is a great game and we’re blessed to have two sons who love to play it. They’ve both experienced highs and lows through the years but my wife and I have always paid close attention at practices and games to ensure they’re having the best possible experience. But moving a child to another team or program is not an admission of failure or that your child isn’t good enough to play.
Every child deserves an opportunity to play youth football and it’s important to find the right team or program to best fit for you and your child.
Peter is a sports anchor for the CBS Sports Radio Network, FOX News Headlines 24/7 and WCBS 880 Radio in New York. His son Bradley is playing middle school football and flag football on Long Island while his younger son Jared plays flag football. Peter, his wife Sheryl and the boys are busy cheering on the New York Jets when they’re not at a youth football field.