I get Dad’s that call me or text me and tell me they want their son’s to be safe, but they are afraid they will get behind if they don’t put their 8 to 10 yr old in Youth Tackle Football? Quite the contrary as Flag, Flex or 7on7 now have over 4 million active players in ages 6 to 12 and that is substantially more then Youth Tackle. In fact, Youth Tackle participation numbers have dropped for the 6th consecutive year. The NFL has taken note and you can see their involvment with growing flag leagues around the country to keep players involved with the game of Football. In fact they are being very progressive in trying to protect players and installed new rules this season on kickoffs, targeting with the head and better protection of the QB. Sorry 3 pt stance but your about to go away too in the next few years. After two weeks in the season people were calling the game soft and nothing but flag football but here we are 85 percent complete with the 2018 Season and guess what? Viewership is up, ratings are up and low and behold scoring is up across the board! Less head trauma, less concussions, less targeting of defenseless receivers = more scoring! Was it really that hard to figure out? Flag, Flex, 7on7 all encourage more scoring and people want to play and well its just fun. Plenty of time for the Youth player to learn full contact in MS & HS.
The game has changed, and aspects of High School & College Offenses schemes have come into the NFL. The game is spread out, fast paced and incorporates a lot of passing. Do you really want to have great young QB prospects like Pat Mahomes get drilled in the head on the blind side and have to watch his backup for remainder of the Season grind out 13-10 games or is it fun like last Monday night when he gets in a 50 plus shootout with the Rams and the game goes down to who has the last possession?