She Mail: Football 5-Year-Old Wants Out Of Sport
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My 5-year-old son loves football! He has always wanted play tackle football so as soon as he was old enough, my wife and I signed him up for tackle football. To our surprise, he HATES it! There are kids as old as 7 in his league and he has taken a few pretty good shots. It has now gotten so bad, that he cries every time he has to go to practice or a game. My wife and I both come from tough backgrounds where you gutted it out and never quit anything so we’re worried what kind of message we will send by pulling him out after only 3 weeks. Will forcing him to stick it out will build toughness and character or scar him for life? This past Saturday, he cried so much that he never even got in the game.
What do you guys think & what do the other parents think? Would love to see just how many people are for pulling him out and how many people are against it?
Dear Crybaby Quarterback,
We were conflicted on this one. Tony felt it was important to teach your boy responsibility but didn’t feel good about forcing him to stay when he’s so young and obviously scared. John said that it was the parents’ (your) responsibility to work it out with the Coach. Could he be more encouraging or move your son to a position where he’d be less likely of getting hit? John also wondered why he wasn’t starting in Flag Football, which involves no tackling.
I personally think it’s OK to pull him THIS ONE TIME because he’s only 5 and because it’s such a contact sport. See if there’s a chance of moving him to a Flag Football team. If you choose to pull him from the team, make it clear that this will be the only time he can quit and sign him up for something else as soon as you can. You want to encourage involvement without scarring him.
Hope that helps and by the way, our callers were split down the middle!
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