My Experience with Youth Football

Football plays a huge part in my family’s life. At a young age I was groomed with footballs, posters of football teams, and even with my bed coverings and pillows. At the age of 7, I would go to my cousin’s football games and practices to watch them play. I would play touch football with some of the other kids out there, and the coaches noticed how I was performing. That is when the bidding wars for me to play on teams started. My mother would get daily calls from coaches, from traveling teams and community leagues, wanting me to play for their team. Some of the coaches offered a waived sign-up fee, rides to and from practice provided by the coach, a brand new helmet and shoulder pads, and even free team gear. I ended up playing for my godfather’s team the Dads Club Cowboys. I played with this team from the ages of 8-12. This was one of my favorite teams that I have ever played on. We had a family like team chemistry and I knew those guys would protect me from anything, and I would have done the same for them. This was some of my best times while playing sports. Youth football taught me some valuable life lessons like how to work together with people, how to take constructive criticism, and it taught me how to lose without being upset. If I hadn’t played a team sport at a young age, I don’t think I would have learned how to work with people. Some people may look at football as negative and bad because of the health risks, but there is some good that comes from playing football as well.  


Healthy Food Tips for Meals Post Game/Practice

Do you ever wonder what to feed your child after a football game or practice? If your answer is yes, then you are in the right place. According to Kristi Croddy and, “football is one of the most grueling, calorie-consuming sports, proper nutrition is critical to optimal athletic performance.” High intensity workouts and hot temperatures will cause your child to have a high calorie intake. I will be putting together a list to help you prepare your child for post play meals. These foods will help give them a healthy diet and it will help them build strong bones and stay healthy. If you want to know more I will be adding the link to the website and you can read the full article.

•    Chicken
•    Steak
•    Salmon
•    Eggs
•    Nuts
•    Dairy Products

•    Oatmeal
•    Corn
•    Potatoes
•    Whole-grain breads and pastas

•    Gatorade
•    Water
•    Milk
•    Protein Shake

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Darrrin Crutcher Sportography

Tabb Raiders (2003)-
This was a great opportunity for me to get the basic fundamentals down and perfected. The coach recruited me a year early and would make sure that I was still going play for his team.
I ended up playing for my god fathers team which is why I ended up leaving.
Dads Club Cowboys (04-06)
Playing football for this team is where I would eventually elevate my game and become an all-star and a 2x champion of the league.
I had to move up to a different age group.
Brookside Lions (07-09)
This team was where I decided to have my coach James help me transition my game from recreation to competitive high intensity style football. I became better prepared for the middle school style of football.
I became too old to play youth football, so I turned to middle school football.
Warren Central Tomahawks (03-08).
This was the travel team that I played for after my regular season teams ended. This opportunity gave me a chance to travel and see cities that I wouldn’t have the chance to see. This league was very competitive and fast pace. I got to travel to places like Florida, California, Texas, New York, Iowa, Cleveland, Ohio, Tennessee, and other places.
I dropped this sport once I became too old to participate for this team.

My Sport History by ADDISON SULLIVAN

At this time I did not play any organized sports. Any sort of physical or outdoor play that I had was primarily on playgrounds during pre-school and kindergarten. During kindergarten I remember the game I always played was called “chase”, which was basically an endless game of tag in which the boys chased the girls. I also enjoyed playing kickball but experienced frustration with older kids who would make up rules and refuse to play until they were followed.
Ages 7-10:
During this time I played soccer through the elementary school I attended. I enjoyed it and my dad was often my team’s coach. He always put more of an emphasis on having fun than winning. At the time this was frustrating to some parents, myself and my teammates but was probably best for all of us. It has had some influence on how I participate in sports and how I plan to run my sports programs.
Ages 10-12:
I played soccer during this time through a program run through the local parks department. My dad was my coach and again he put the focus on having fun more than winning. As I got older this became more frustrating to me but is something I appreciate today.
Ages 12-16:
I stopped playing soccer out of frustration with being on a team that was constantly losing. During this time I did not play any sports, team or individual. I spent most of my time focused on school and work. I was homeschooled from the ages 10 to 18 and my lack of involvement in sports definitely cut me off socially.
Ages 16-18:
From 16 to 17 I started going rock climbing at minimum once a week with a friend I made through my parent’s work. I stopped going when I decided to focus on school. After my senior year of high school I started running during the summer, at night, after work. I usually ran between 6 and 10 miles, which prepared me for a half marathon – 13.1 miles, which I ran by myself. My dad influenced me the most with his individual participation in cycling and running.