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Did Your Kid Get Benched?



Nobody wants to see their child benched during a game! If it happens, parents usually want to discuss this with the coach immediately.

Playing time in a game is always important to parents. Obviously parents want to see their kids playing in actual games rather than sitting on the bench. This is understandable, but is also the most challenging task for the coach.

Coach’s are constantly explaining bench time to parents.

Of course parents want to see their kid playing in a game all the time, but that won't always happen.

Coaches try to be sympathetic to parents concerns, but they still need to do what is best for the team and for the kids.

Sometimes it can be dangerous for kids to play certain positions in a sport.

For example, if they are playing tackle football, not every kid can play linebacker or fullback. If the wrong kid is put into that position, they could get hurt.

Part of coaching kids is simply understanding which kids should play each position on a team. Not everyone can be the quarterback on a football team, and not everyone can be the pitcher on a baseball team.


Keep Your Child From Getting Benched

Sometimes kids will get more playing time in a game simply because they are putting forth more effort.

Yes, some kids will just play harder and tougher than others. This is natural. Not every kid will be good at every sport.

Kids also like to win their games. If the coaches are constantly putting in players that haven't quite mastered their position, they risk losing many of their games. This could be discouraging to the rest of the kids on the team.

How to keep from getting benched in sports:

  • Give 100% Effort at Practice: More effort during practice can reduce the chances of being benched. Players need to give their best, and then they should give a little more than that!
  • Watch Professional Sports: Watching the moves of professional players could give your child more motivation and more information about how to play better.
  • WORK...WORK...WORK!!!!

Kids put forth their best effort in football tryouts to make the team, so they should continue that effort in practice every day.

This is a lesson that children should learn as early as possible, because the same is true in whatever they choose to do in life.

If you do not put your best effort into your education, job or family then you will not always have the best outcome in these areas either.

Coaching kids to adopt this mentality at a young age will help them succeed in other areas of their lives as they get older. Old habits are hard to break, so we want them to make good habits.


Know the Right Techniques for Playing Your Sport?

When my son, Tucker, played football his freshman year of high school, he suffered from three concussions. He played football for a few years before and never got one, but he had never played so many different positions as he did his Freshman year.

The first concussion happened during practice when he led with his head straight into a tackle with his helmet. He was supposed to look up or go either the left or right instead of straight on.

He had simply forgotten the proper sports technique.

A simple lack of proper tackling technique can lead to serious injuries and possible concussions in sports. I know my son knew better than to hit someone head on like that, but a momentary lack of remembering caused his injury.

How many concussions are too many?

If you suffer from a concussion once; you are automatically more susceptible to suffering from another one if you do not take further precautions.

Tucker's second concussion occurred when he was tackled from the side, which seemed like a hard hit although nothing unusual for football. It was still enough to cause concussion number two. He was out for a couple of games.

His third concussion happened just from a simple tackle, which jostled his head as a normal tackle would do. We all thought he was fine when he jumped up and started walking.

The problem was he was walking toward the wrong side of the field, then he collapsed suddenly. He was done for the season and didn't play his Sophomore year either.

It would be better for your child to be benched in a situation like this rather than them getting hurt, at least until they learn the proper techniques.



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