It is amazing what practice and a grain of confidence can do to one’s soul.
This past Saturday A.’s Flag Football team played against the undefeated team of the league. We all knew it was going to be a tough game but we were not expecting it to be rough.
Flag Football is mostly like Tackle Football. You still have your 4 downs, plays, touch downs. You do not, on the other hand, kick the ball, dive for the flag, or tackle. Diving and tackling are huge no’s in flag Football.
So imagine playing a team that thought they had to be rough and play tackle football against a flag football team. The other team would dive, tackle, and push the other team.
It got to the point where the tallest boy would push the little kids on my son’s team (and by little kids I mean my son and another 5 year old).
You might say, well, it is Football, you are bound to getting hit. Yes and no; I understand football is a contact sport but there is a huge difference between blocking a player and pushing the player to the ground so that they land on their backs and, in more than one occasion hitting their head against the ground without a helmet. Now that is where I have a huge problem, specially if the one being pushed down is my own son.
While the teams were discussing plays and taking time outs you could see the other team’s kids practicing how to push. And their coach, wow, he is such a tool. The guy those kids are supposed to trust and look up to is mean and instead of saying reassuring words to his team when a play didn’t work he’d just start saying things like “what the hell is wrong with you guys?!” Not very reassuring. I guess the coach forgot he is dealing with kids aged 5-8.
All in all, the team that had all the left outs that no other team wanted, the kids that were playing Football for their first time beat the undefeated team of the league.
And we just couldn’t be any more proud of these boys. They have all come so far. They are all great players.
Even with the pushing and mean words thrown their way they worked hard, as a team, and they won their most important game! A., he was amazing!! He took two flags. The last flag was the play that stopped the other team dead on their tracks! Even though A. crashed right into the other player’s chest, smacking his nose on him, he did not let go of the flag. He had to be taken out of the field, crying, with a sore nose but he did not let this stop him. He finished his play and because of him his team won! 3 to 2.
I cannot be more proud of him. He was pushed around, but he was strong to keep going. Looking back at his very first Flag Football Game and seeing him now I am 100% sure this boy has a huge future in Football.
This game was, hands down, the best the Bears have ever played.