I’ve been getting a few emails lately about why certain players start or what is my stance on minimum play rules or we should not let our youth players play for Select / Draft teams because it limits their growth as a person. To be honest, I am old school on the issue of competition. It is in nature that we learn survival of the fittest and in nature that we see good gene traits evolve and bad traits go extinct. Many schools have taken football and other competitive sports / games off the playground, so when a parent signs ther child up for football, I think they should understand that football is an aggressive competitive sport.
The Echo Boomer generation is a group of soft individuals expecting a trophy just because they participated on the team even if they missed half the practices and games. Does this occur in real life? Does your boss allow you to get away with poor performance? Well, I’ve read we may be allowing our younger employees get away with murder so, maybe bosses are allowing poor performance. No wonder our economy is in the tank, we allow and promote poor performance. I don’t think we should do this in sports.
Football is a team sport and very competitive. A team is only as good as its weakest link. So, I do not believe in the minimum play rule although I follow it 100%, I believe you should start and play your best players and if your league offers a draft / select team that is great. After coaching for many years, the players know who should play. It is only the parents that really get upset. Plus the kid’s want to know the score and who won. Its only the parents and adults that try to hide the real world from them.
After reading about participation at the youth, HS, College and NFL levels, I calculated these percentages today. As of 2006, there were approximately 3M youth players 6-14, 1M high school football players, 100k college players and 1,000 NFL players. So only about one third of the youth players will go on to play high school football and that’s probably at the high end. About 3% of youth players will play at the college level and less than 1% will play in the NFL. So parents, its most likely your child will not play past the youth level and very unlikely they will play in college. At the HS and College levels if that’s where you would like them to play, wouldn’t you like them to be ready for competition or will you be on the sidelines with them in college?
Competition is good and complancency is bad.
Let me know what you think.