In Iowa, there are several districts that play varsity 8 man football due to low enrollment. This has been going on like 15 years.Football is already dead and gone. Saddens me that I don't even recognize the variety my kids now play. It's 7 on 7 with 11 guys.
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I never gave running a thought when I was in school. My oldest son who is 16 played football and basketball in 7th and 8th grade. After getting treated like crap he took up running at the end of basketball his 8th grade year. The absolute best thing he ever did. At the end of basketball his 8th grade he was 5'4" and 145lbs. Now he is 5'10" and 150lbs of pure muscle, down to the 6 pack. I am jealous that you can run fast enough to push your kids. In the best shape of my life I couldn't run 1 mile at his 5k pace and he isn't in the realm of running fast enough for college. I really like the atmosphere at the running events so much better than the other sports.I ran NCAA D1 cross country and track in college. At age 46 the only lingering effect I have is a daily 5-7 mile running habit. Any injuries I had in college were short-term and as I've gotten older I've learned to continue in the sport and be less and less injury prone by taking better care of my body. I haven't had any kind of injury for the last 10 years of running 45-50 miles a week.
Now my kids are choosing to specialize in running (from broad backgrounds in other sports) as they enter high school and its a lot of fun to race against them and hold them off as long as I can. I really left it up to each kid to choose which sports to keep doing and what to down-select to and when. I'm glad they are choosing a "lifetime" sport.
@Augie So you wrestled..... Hard! Know some people say these injuries should never happen in youth/ high school sports but it is quite common IMO. Playing hurt/ injured can be the norm. There was a very high level of self determination that was worth it to me. The juice was worth the squeeze.... even with the injuries. Not sure if I will feel the same way in 20 years though.Throughout my career I have had the following injuries: 2 documented concussions, 6 broken ribs, torn meniscus (twice), ton pcl, torn mcl, torn hamstring, torn rotator cuffs. torn pec, broken right hand, 4 broken toes, sprained ankle, pulled groin, broken nose and many more bumps and bruises I can't even remember.
My uncle died at 85 yo from falling on his nugget while fast pitching for a baseball game. Died doing what he loved - sports. Another uncle died at 82 falling while bowling. Lesson - don't bonk yer nugget after 80.What I tend to see is people playing longer than they should, not knowing when to give it away and older ages playing social sports and getting a little too competitive, thinking they still have it then BOOM.......bad injury at the wrong time of their lives.
Guys on here carry 60-lb packs into steep and dangerous terrain, while dodging Grizzlies and hiding out from Blizzards and other hazards to put some horns all the wall that collect dust. Is it worth the potential injury or death?IMO, no injuries are worth what sports has to give - especially to kids when the coaches push em to keep playing injured. All to put a trophy on a shelf to collect dust.
But hey, it gives ya something to reminisce about over a beer in 30 years. Remember when our knees worked? Those were great days, yah. You want another - no, can't it'll set off the pain pills and make me loopy. Good to see ya.
Guys on here carry 60-lb packs into steep and dangerous terrain, while dodging Grizzlies and hiding out from Blizzards and other hazards to put some horns all the wall that collect dust. Is it worth the potential injury or death?
And what do A LOT of guys say...its not about the trophy it is about the memories. But hey, remember that time dave was chasing a deer 5 miles from the truck, slipped and fell down that avalanche chute and broke his neck? Great day!