It’s one of our favorite pastimes, and along with baseball, distinctly American. That’s right. We’re talking about football, and come September, we’re all gonna be ready. And clearly, that’s the goal.
All over the country young athletes will be gearing up – and suiting up – to kick off the 2017-18 football season with a strong start and a stealth offense. To the bleachers or the field, the gridiron calls us. And every week of every fall, we answer it faithfully, with steady drives, powerful cheers, and a burst of Hail Marys tossed in for good measure.
But why do we love football so much? And is this national sport worthy of so much devotion? The answer, decisively, is yes.
Football, like hockey or soccer, is one of the most physically demanding sports out there. From the grueling summer practices to the trying game-day rivalries, football challenges our youth to develop speed, strength, agility, cardiovascular endurance, and hand-eye coordination.
In addition to the obvious health benefits of training, football encourages teamwork. Compared to other sports, kids who play football actually get to play in greater numbers; every down of the game is executed by 11 key players from each team. Every position, from the quarterback to the cornerback, is vital to every play.
Besides the well-padded shoulders and expertly executed plays, there is an indomitable toughness – both mental and physical – that football rouses among young players who share a common mission in the face of literal, hulking opposition. Sharing this mission fosters camaraderie and, as supported by Active.com, a strong work ethic. Players have to push through strong opposition, not to mention occasional pain and their own physical limitations, to protect their teammates and advance the ball down the field.
Football is also an excellent resource for cross-training; the speed, strength, and mental dexterity built on the football field are easily transferred to other sports.
Obviously it takes more than blind hope to put the ball in the end zone. Specialty sports camps, such as YMCA’s summer football camp, offer expert training by professional coaches. Daily clinics focus on fundamental skills of the game, sportsmanship on the field, offensive and defensive strategy, and the importance of teamwork in a FUN and supportive atmosphere.
Are YOU ready for some football? Hurry to sign up for one of our AWESOME youth football camps this summer at your local branch. To learn more about the benefits of youth football, visit http://ow.ly/Qhj630dqysA. #YStrongBham
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