This weekend was opening weekend for T’s first flag football season!
We led up to the game Saturday with our usual Tuesday practice, which consists of a variety of throwing, catching, and running games and drills. In addition to those, Coach Chris teamed up with the other Rookies’ league coach at our rec center and arranged for us to have a short scrimmage in preparation for game day. Yes, we have two Rookies’ teams AND two other older teams also just at our rec center alone!
T did well during the scrimmage! Coach Chris pulled him aside before a few plays to review specific plays as either QB or RB, and he also played Free Safety (FS) each time the defense took the field. He absolutely loves playing FS, so he was most excited about that!
Saturday was the real deal: The Wardlow 49’ers (named for our local college team) played the El Dorado Jets. All our games this season will be at Marina Vista Park on Saturday mornings, which is the perfect location (close to our house) and a perfect time (10 a.m. or 11 a.m., not too early nor too late!). The field itself is about 40 yards long and about three times as wide as his practice field, allowing for better game play. While we don’t keep score in park league play, I do know that T had two touchdowns (TDs), one while he was playing Quarterback (QB) on a reverse (no, really, his team runs the reverse!), and the other was on a hand-off to him as Running Back (RB). SO awesome!
Even better were T’s moments on defense at FS. I am telling you, I think T’s found his niche in the sporting world to date; this kid seems programmed for the FS position (I think we need a Weddle jersey, Grandma Beep!). Then again, T’s a six-year-old who loves to play tag and chase other kids, so it’s likely that most kids this age are made to play flag football’s last line of defense, I suppose.
At FS, T had two amazing open-field “tackles,” one that actually prevented the other team from taking the ball down and scoring during their possession! Though he didn’t really stop at just taking the other players’ flags, he didn’t hurt anyone during the two plays, so it’s all good (for now). Though his more, um, aggressive style of defense did prompt one or two of the other team’s players to try to block him out of future plays as the game went on.
I can’t say it enough: I am thrilled that T wanted to play flag football. I love the game at all levels; I love the season (that crisp fall morning air!); I love that T’s games are on Saturday mornings (making me feel like a real “football mom”); and I love that he loves playing the game, too. I even brought snacks to the game Saturday for T and his teammates (another real “football mom” moment realized!).
After seeing a recent Frontline on football injuries, football, while a fun and entertaining game to watch, football probably is not going to be a game that C or I will push for T to keep playing long-term as the flags come off. Of course we won’t discourage him either. We will just have to see how the season unfolds and if T keeps up the on-field enthusiasm he’s had so far. Score!
RMT’ers, what “natural talents” are you starting to see coming out of your early-elementary aged kid(s) as they mature and try out and become exposed to more activities and experiences?