When the calendar hits September, it’s a happy time in football homes like mine. Even though September is still six months away, that doesn’t mean that preparations for the new season can’t begin now.
For both of my kids, the traditional start to the new season begins in late June when they both attend a non-contact football camp. It’s a great way to get the rust off for a few days, go through drills, and learn the fundamentals of the game. One son is kick starting his U.S. National Team New Jersey Regional next month. He’ll get two days of training conducted by some great high school and college coaches - a definite recommendation!
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For my wife and I, this is the time of year when you start the shopping for football gear. While some programs provide just about everything players need, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for things like cleats, gloves and mouth guards in case you find some good deals on last year’s stock.
And finally, one of the ways my family likes to get ready for football season is by going to visit NFL training camps over the summer. Here in the New York area, the Jets and Giants always do a great job with fan friendly activities to meet the players. If you’re fortunate enough to be near an NFL training camp, it’s a great experience that’s great for young and aspiring athletes.
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When you really think about it, football season is right around the corner and it’s better to get ahead than to be behind. September isn’t too far off - take advantage of all the ways your football family can start preparing.
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.