17 REASONS WHY FOOTBALL IS---
AUTHOR: Herb Childress,Ph.D.
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In football, teenagers are considered important contributors rather
than passive recipients.
- In football. teenagers are encouraged to excel.
- In football, teenagers are honored.
- In football, a player Can let the team down.
More for reasons 1-4
In football, repetition is honorable.
In football, the unexpected happens all the time.
In football practices generally run a lot longer than 50
minutes...the players work until they get it right...
In football, the homework is of a different type from what's
done at practice...it comes in the form of running and weight
training, things not done at practice.
More for reasons 5-8
In football, emotions and human contact are expected parts of
the work. When players do well, they get to be happy. When they
do poorly, they get to be angry. Players are supposed to talk
with one another while things are going on.
In football, players get to choose their own roles. Not only
do they choose their sport, but they also choose their favorite
position within that sport.
In football the better players teach the less skilled play
ers. Sometimes this teaching is on purpose, but mostly it is by
In football, there is a lot of individual instruction and
encouragement from adults.
More for reasons 9-11
In football, the adults who participate are genuinely inter
In football volunteers from the community are sought after.
More for reasons 12-13
In football, ability isn't age linked. Freshmen who excel can
play varsity. In a ninth-grade English classroom, an extraordinary
student can't go beyond what the other ninth-grade students
Football is more than the sum of its parts. Players practice
specific moves in isolation, but they know that putting all those
moves together is the purpose.
In football, a public performance is expected.
More for reasons 14-16
More for reasons 17
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