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Re: Participation rules
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2019, 05:05:54 pm »
If participation trophies and equal playing time is what you are after I believe there are some flag leagues ,flex football, and salvation army available as options. I believe the rules put in place by infc are plenty adequate. Maybe I'm fortunate my kid isnt one of those that has to worry about that but if he wasnt on the level of others I wouldnt **** and moan about it on a forum
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Re: Participation rules
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2019, 10:07:22 pm »
I hate to beat a dead horse but I do have say, some on here believe the "coaches" shd do more, coach better, spend more time here or there.   The reality is this is a volunteer situation, and most are doing a huge service to their community. Truth be known if you kiddo need extra attention,spend some of your time and money, take them to private, go to speed and agility, make sure they are on a great diet.   But let's not blame volunteers for any child's development.  IMO once again many may disagree
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Re: Participation rules
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2019, 10:34:44 pm »
I think even with a difference of opinion nobody was trying to blame the coach for the childís development. Thereís two sides to every story, this is no different. If the kids can do better surely some coaches could too.
Constructive criticism is a two way street. I know that I try to relate to each side. Iím not always successful, but I try.
This sounds like it was a post just to hear different sides of the spectrum.

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Re: Participation rules
« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2019, 12:04:37 am »
shaffer5 competitive baseball does not have minimum play requirements.  you are talking about rec level ball.  that is what i am saying here, infc poses as a rec league but it is competitive!  football teams should be tryout based!  i was a coach and i didn't want the minimum play kids on my team.  and my oldest boy was one of them!  i had to get them the minimums though because it was the rules.  if i could have had a tryout like baseball and picked the best players, and we did away with these silly minimum play rules, at least everybody would have known the deal and you would be either good enough to play or you sit.  and with that if there was a true rec football league where all players had to play at least 2 quarters, that solves the discontent about not playing enough if it is all equal.

but it won't happen unless a big movement occurs where parents and coaches agree on it and push for it together
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Re: Participation rules
« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2019, 07:49:38 am »
Football is a meritocracy, and should be treated as such. Lessons learned through football expound into every facet of life in the real world. Minimum plays blunt that lesson, and can have an unintended consequence of fostering entitlement syndrome. Weíre seeing a lot of that these days, and itís a conglomeration if policies sometimes as small as minimum plays, quarters etc.

Bottom line, rules are rules. As a coach I want every kid to enjoy the game and get better every day they practice and play. We get our boys as much burn as we can, some games more than others. Itís situational. Parents have to respect that and most do.

The hope is that the kids in youth ball will carry over to school ball and be better prepared for those challenges. If your coaches are doing that, then applaud them. Regardless of individual playing time. Once these kids hit school ball it wonít matter what your or my opinion is. Playing time will be based on production. Period. Just like real life, there will be no participation trophies or equal pay/play. Itíll be who can do this job the best and who canít. Be thankful for coaches that are teaching your sons that lesson, and make sure your sons are learning it
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Re: Participation rules
« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2019, 08:46:40 am »
One of the things you could do is make sure if you are winning 21-0 get those other kids playing time as much as possible. But with the infc having the 12 play or 7 play rule itís actually a rec. league thatís very competitive. As a coach you should make sure you explain to parents during your first team meeting that every kid is required to play 7 plays, and unfortunately some kids will be 7 play kids. But not all first year players are 7 play kids either. I donít think everyone would be behind that movement that you are thinking about. But a movement that needs to happen is more parents putting in more time to help get their kids better donít expect volunteer coaches to turn your kid into a great athlete. Kids need to learn how to compete, fail, succeed, win and lose. Lets stop trying to make everything equal or easy.
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Re: Participation rules
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2019, 08:59:47 am »
Team sizes have a lot to do with this as well.

The teams that have 20+ kids have a more difficult time getting meaningful snaps for each kid.

A great solution is the AA team route for certain programs, but that requires more coaches to volunteer as well.
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