Samuel played flag football this Fall. His previous encounter with team sports was Soccer in the Spring of ’07. I wasn’t really holding out high hopes, but a friend of ours was coaching, and this seemed like as good a time as any. I’ll be clear here, I’m not expecting Samuel’s University scholarship money to come from football. I’m thinking that my firstborn is more of a mathlete! He did love playing though. Samuel’s team only won one game this season, but he had so much fun every single week, and I attribute that to his coach. I got to see a lot of different coaching styles at all of the games we attended, and Samuel’s coach was amazing at including everyone and letting everyone try different positions.
I think the best thing to come out of this experience is that Samuel now understands the game. Now he can watch his Tigers with his dad, and get it a bit better. I don’t know if I’m a parent who is going to encourage a ton of sporting activities (let’s be honest, it’s more work for me!), but this was definitely a wonderful experience.