Navigating Youth Football Withdrawal

By Peter Schwartz | Posted 1/18/2019

Football parents – are you itching for it to be September? Because I sure am.

Not that I want to rush time or miss what lies ahead, but I’m really looking forward to the moment when my kids step back onto the field again.

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Bradley, just like many of his middle school football teammates, are getting ready for wrestling season. And little league is right around the corner for my son Jared.

But if I were to be honest, there’s something really special about the youth football season. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome to watch my kids play any sport whether it’s wrestling, baseball, or hockey. However, the true king in our household is football. 

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So, how do we navigate football withdrawal? Spring ball and youth camps.

The USA Football U.S. National Team’s Regionals is a great option for those with middle and high school athletes looking to fill that void. It’s a great opportunity to develop with NCAA coaches as well as tryout to play on the U.S. National Team.

Last spring, Bradley attended a U.S National Team development event and earned an invitation to the Middle School Bowl Game series in Canton this past summer. 

Youth football camps are also a great way to fill that football void. In June, both of my kids attended a youth football camp that featured current and former NFL players and coaches as guest instructors.

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The great thing about these camps are that they’re normally geared for every youth football player no matter the level or game type.

Regardless of how you fill that football void, September will be here before you know it. And if you are like me, you simply cannot wait to get back to your football family.

 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.