After the fall 2018 season wrapped up for Soccer, our little guy told Newmom and I that he did not want us to sign him up for soccer the following year. Instead he asked us to enroll him into flag football. I spoke about this months ago during the evaluation period (see this post)for more details. We did exactly that and he was placed on a great team with a GREAT head coach. At the first practice, he had nine very overeager kids swarming all over him and he definitely needed a hand. So at that moment I became his assistant coach.
The season was a great time. The coach had placed the little guy at Quarterback (which I admit I was VERY thrilled about). Our little guys teammates were all such a joy to coach. And we had a couple of kids that were very good.
Our little QB
Our season got off to a start with a loss, but we were able to make some adjustments and by the time the season was wrapping up, we had a pretty decent team.
Now just a moment ago, I said how thrilled I was that our guy was playing quarterback? Well I think newmom was excited about that as well, her mom and dad made it to many of his games and were excited about it too. So just about everyone was excited about it…
… except him.
Yes, he was not happy being under center, running the offense. He did not want to play QB, he wanted to run the ball, wanted to run routes and try to catch a pass. I think for a while he enjoyed playing QB, but it was not something he wanted to do full time. Towards the end of the season, he told coach and me that he did not want to be QB anymore.
This was a BIG learning moment for me. As both a coach and a dad. I was so caught up in my son being QB that I forgot to really ask him or even more, listen to him about what he wants or needed. It was a wake up moment for me. A part of me knows he liked the overall experience, and he did like being QB, just not full time.
Well, the season progressed and we were seeded in the playoffs. We had a strong practice the night before the game (yes, we were blessed with having our practice on Thursday nights, so everything we practiced was fresh in their minds) and we got to the playoff game. We faced a REALLY good Packers team (I can’t get away from those guys! NFL, Flag football, I’m just cursed!) and they mopped the field with both my and Coach Jeffs’ tears. We got shut out. It was not a good game. And just like that, the sun set on our season.
This is not from the championship game, but the way the team and the sun were positioned, it was a great photo op.
The important thing was that the kids had fun. I really think the boys did have a good time and they all showed progress throughout the season. We wrapped up the season with a pizza party at a local pizza place here in town. We have one of the greatest team moms EVER who made the AMAZING pennants you see the boys holding up in the Photo below.
I hope he will want to return to the flag football field in 2020, he did mention to me that he felt like he was done with football and was mulling returning to soccer, and I will be fine with honoring whatever direction he wants to go in.
a great season, I am proud to be both coach and dad to this little guy!!!