Should Girls Be Playing Youth Football? NO

Should Girls Be Playing Youth Football? NO

Should Girls Be Playing Youth Football? NO

Should Girls be Playing Youth Football?

This may be a bit of a controversial subject for some but in the society we live in the answer should be a resounding no!

Do some girls have the size and aggressiveness to play youth football? Absolutely, I see sisters of my players that would make excellent football players, but I’m not sure it would be the best for the girl or the boys on our youth football team.

Today’s society seems to want to devalue women, rap music with its demeaning depiction of women as throw aways and worthy of abuse, TV and movies that depict women as abuse worthy sex objects and the same with the print media and the mainstreaming of pornography.

In inner-city Omaha nearly 70% of our players have no man in the home. If you think I’m exaggerating, we have had games with 2 people in the stands and both were females, not enough for a chain crew. This was not a one time deal, we have had many games where we did not have 3 males to run the chains. Many of our players have no model of behavior in the house to «copy» of how to properly treat a woman. The kids often see first hand women being physically and mentally abused and of course they hear it in the music they listen to, on TV and in print. I’ve been coaching youth football for 15 years and the «dadless» house problem is getting worse every year. Tom Osborne in his book «Faith in the Game» claims this problem is increasing and is responsible for the majority of crime and problems with young males.

If we let girls play tackle football with boys, we teach the boys that harsh physical contact with females is acceptable behavior. In fact as coaches we would have to encourage and reward this physical contact. Our players would get in the habit and be used to being physical with females, the act would desensitize everyone involved in the activity of physical force being applied to females by males. The female in the meantime is learning that harsh physical contact with males is acceptable, it is now a habit. Now while having females on your team may help the short term progress of some of our football teams I’m not sure we are helping either the boy or the girl in their long term development as productive members of our society.

Girls are as good as and even better at boys at many activities, this is not about the girls having the ability to play. This is about breaking the abusive cycle many single parent families or even two parent families are in today. In my mind, coaching youth football is much more than teaching kids how to run good football plays and how to block and tackle. It is about teaching valuable life lessons the youth football player can take with him for use in his entire lifetime. My dad taught me how to treat women with reverence and respect and I was rewarded for that behavior with a wonderful wife and very satisfying family life. Dad not only told me, he showed me, even when him and mom had disagreements, they never got loud or physical. He modeled the proper behavior every day, many of our kids NEVER see that proper behavior being modeled for them. As a boy, we were threatened that hitting a girl or even pushing one was «mortal sin» material that could never happen. If it did happen, I would be dealt with by my father in the most extreme severe way, in addition it was also deemed cowardly.

In 2001 we had an 8 year old football player of one of our Omaha teams strike a girl in the face with his fist over some type of disagreement in the playground area of our field. Of course we spoke to the boy and let him know he should never strike a woman and dismissed him from our program with the promise he could come back the next year if we saw significant improvement in his attitude and actions. We felt he needed the program and contact with strong male role models. The player had to attend every practice and the games and watch, not play. We persuaded the parents of the struck girl not to press formal charges. Beleive it or not the striking players «grandpa» argued the kids case and said the girl «pushed him first». That made me ill, the poor kid has no dad in the house and a «grandpa» that thinks it’s OK to hit girls in the face that push you first. No wonder his daughter had no man in the house. I wanted to smack grandpa in the face but thought that would not be the right message for the boy to see either. We really worked this kid, but I have feel there is a very high probability this player will be a woman user/abuser when he gets older and will have a very unsatisfying family life. While the grandson did come back, grandpa was not invited to coach again for us.

I’m never going to allow females to play in my youth football program. I don’t want our football players life lessons and memories to include when our stud linebacker knocked the stuffings out of a girl running back who had snot bubbles and tears streaming down her face.

However, some people will bite the hand that feeds it. In our rural program we have had no female football sign ups. In Omaha we have had a few moms try and sign their daughters up for football. After the initial disappointment wore off and the mom was told why we think it makes sense in the long run for females not to play, the moms were very supportive. I can think of just one case where mom didn’t «get it» and pulled her son out of the program because we would not allow her daughter to be pummeled by boys on our team. I can still see her today, a single mom with 3 kids that needed the program who refused to listen to reason. This mom had two missing front teeth, probably caused by the same cycle we were trying to help break.

Today we have tackle football and even wrestling between boys and girls, whats next boxing? or how about ultimate fighting? Where do we draw the line? If gilrs are as good as boys in football, why not boxing? Why not wrestiling? Why not Ultimatre Fighting?

There are some that don’t care about the long term implications for both parties, they just have a selfish desire to see their children excel, no matter the cost. I cringe at what’s in store for that poor girl.

Let’s draw the line at tackle football.

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Holiday Apartments in Spain – Must See Places When You Rent Accommodation in Barcelona!

Holiday Apartments in Spain – Must See Places When You Rent Accommodation in Barcelona!

Holiday Apartments in Spain – Must See Places When You Rent Accommodation in Barcelona!

Barcelona is a perfect place to rent holiday apartments in Spain as there is so much for visitors to see and do. It is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. It is a lively cosmopolitan city and a great favourite for a weekend break as there are plenty of reasonably priced holiday apartments in Spain or villa holiday lettings in Barcelona available to rent. Visitors rent holiday villas and apartments here to take advantage of all Barcelona has to offer including great shops, museums and galleries, fabulous and historic buildings, lively nightlife and of course the beach!

The following are a few of the must-see places if you book holiday villas or apartments in Barcelona:

LA RAMBLA – (also known as Las Ramblas) is a world-renowned area of Barcelona which consists of five separate primarily pedestrianised streets end-to-end, from Port Vell at the southern end to Placa Catalunya at the northern end. Along this amazing boulevard you can find all kinds of restaurants, bars, street-markets, buskers, ‘living statues’, mime artists as well as museums and the Christopher Columbus Monument. There is plenty of accommodation available along the Ramblas in the form of hotels, hostels and holiday apartments in Spain.

THE GOTHIC QUARTER (Barri Gotic) – This district is close to La Rambla and is centred around the Placa de Sant Jaume, a spacious square which has a busy market and is one of the places where the weekly dancing of the sardana takes place. The mazes of streets in the gothic quarter tend to be narrow and cobbled and most of the buildings date from the 14th and 15th Century. There are plenty of cafes and bars, as well as some of the cheapest apartment holiday lettings in Barcelona.

THE PICASSO MUSEUM – If you have booked holiday apartments in Spain to take advantage of the rich cultural tradition of Barcelona you must not miss the Museu Picasso. It is located on the historic Carrer de Montcada in three beautiful stone mansions. The museum has numerous works on show that trace the artist’s early years, and it is especially strong on his ‘Blue Period’. It is one of the most popular and most visited museums in Barcelona and is open Tuesdays to Sunday from 10 am to 8pm.

LA SAGRADA FAMILIA – The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, to give it its full name, is Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece and a popular tourist attraction. It is expected that construction on this remarkable church will continue until at least 2040 and even though it is far from finished it is still worth a visit. There is a museum which tells the story of the architect and the history of the church and you can visit the top of one of the towers where you can get a fantastic view of Barcelona – see if you can spot your rented villa or apartment holiday lettings in Barcelona!

THE OLYMPIC STADIUM – Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympic Games and the effect of this event can still be seen in modern day Barcelona. The main Olympic athletics events took place at the Estadi Olympic in Montjuic. This imposing stadium was originally constructed in 1929 when Barcelona hosted the World Fair. Having fallen into disrepair it was restored for the 1992 Games. The stadium is open to the public on non-match days and entrance is free. If you are staying in holiday apartments in Spain that do not have access to a pool, there is a swimming pool complex – the Piscines Bernat Picornell – right next to the stadium if you want to cool off and have a splash about!

Barcelona really is a fantastic place to rent holiday villas or apartments for a short break. Perhaps one visit is not enough and you will want to come back and book holiday apartments in Spain again so that you can further explore the delights of this amazing city!

Frugal Travel Tips For Barcelona, Spain

Frugal Travel Tips For Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city of unique architecture, tasty treats, and that oh so Mediterranean feel. The entire city, largely thanks to the architect Antoni Gaudi, is like an outdoor art museum. Getting a taste of that culture can be frugal or even free.

Park Guell

Park Guell gives the frugal traveler one of the best views of Barcelona and for free. Within the park is the Gaudi Museum and numerous examples of his work.

How to get there? Barcelona’s subway system is easy and economical to use. The Metro stop for Park Guell is Lesseps.

Church of the Sacred Family/Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia

This half completed church built by Antoni Gaudi is the most unique religious structure that I’ve ever seen. Something along the lines of extreme, extreme gothic. Barcelona is the city to see Gaudi’s work and this church, one of the shining examples. There is a fee to go into the building and I hear the views are half decent. However the real wow is the outside and to look at that is free.

Las Ramblas

Barcelona’s own pedestrian walkway, Las Ramblas is lined with cafes, markets, and quaint shops. On sunny days, artists display their wares and street performers, including the world famous living statues, entertain. An ideal place to people watch and this people watching is free.

One food choice that travelers in Barcelona should experience is the tapas. Tapas are snacks or finger foods and are often accompanied by wine. This is an economical way to try a variety of Spanish tastes without breaking the budget or expanding the waistline.

La Boqueria

La Boqueria is a popular food market selling fish, fruit and vegetables. The fresh fruit is a perfect and inexpensive snack. It is also a place to rub elbows with the locals.

Barcelona is a city with a soul all its own. Fortunately for the frugal traveler, a glimpse at this soul can be inexpensive or even free.

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