He’s going into the 8th grade this year and said he’d try football out. He’s not into sports but he’s willing to give it a shot because his dad played football in highschool.
I can tell he is hesitant but he still wants to try it—should I encourage him or tell him not to?
I personally don’t think his heart is into it.
I do think it could make his highschool years more pleasurable –he’s a loner and I think this would be good for him. He’s a big boy so I think he could handle himself.
I‘m reading between the lines here but is it you trying to get him to play.? Or does he himself want to go out for the team.
Football players are mean spirited, the good ones at least and prey on the more timid, and lesser skilled kids at practice. My son is 10 and just finally quit after 3 years of tackle football. i expected it to be last year but he fooled me. I could see as much as he enjoyed being on the team, he did not have it in him to play football, and that’s where it began not to be fun for him. Not playing when he wanted to was hard, and no amount of encouragement can make a person be a fighter when they don‘t have the fight in them, regardless of how big they are.
Think this out and both you and your son be honest with yourselves, because he could get hurt if he is going in half hearted. Football is like the army, strict and routine, with a lot of hard work, with the rewards coming on Friday nights!
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