Well, We Got Thumped.
Posted 19 April 2008 - 01:59 PM
You should have seen this team. They were a machine. It's amazing what playing together (on an "exclusive") team does. We gave them some problems and played them closer than the score indicated, however . . .
I don't mind losing, and there is no doubt they were the better team. What irks me is that we played like crap. My kids were just in too much "awe" and were making comments like, "This team is unbeatable", and "We can't do anything." I saw some heads hanging low, and I did not like it one bit. At half time I told them we are in a fight, and we need to fight back. Don't be intimidated, etc., but I could see it was not getting through to some of them.
We have a "bye" this week, meaning we have six practices until our next game. I will devote the majority of our next practice talking what about what it means to not be intimidated. Frankly, I would be dancing in the streets if the kids sold out and put forth their best effort, but I think they gave up. In a way, I'm glad it happened now, because I will have them so amped up for our next game they will be foaming at the mouths ready to play.
Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:01 PM
Hopefully your team comes back ready to play.My team was able to motivate themselves but we definitely did come ready this week.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:08 AM
Posted 21 April 2008 - 12:32 PM
This will be good for them as I felt we have the better athletes, and now they see how good a team can be when they are prepared. We might not win another game, but we will be prepared and fight it out until the end.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 05:39 PM
We're currently playing with I-9 flag football (8-9 y/o) and doing well. Our 6-8 y/o season was definitely a learning curve, even though our kids played well we ended up losing in the finals. I-9 is tricky as they promote everyone plays, have fun, etc., but you keep score, have playoffs and the -/+ determines your placement in the event of a tie. The biggest temptation is to run with one QB the entire game and go with your fastest kids especially when you run up against tough teams. We're trying our best to track ball touches via hand off's/ball touches and attempted receptions and make sure we mix it up as much as possible.
Last week we lost to the #1 team, however, our main QB was out along with 3 of our fastest runners. The cool part is it allowed some of the younger players the opportunity to play QB, run, pass and pull flags. It was amazing to see how much they improved during our game this past Sunday. The younger players were the ones who came through and made a lot of the key plays.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 04:27 PM
I do ensure all players get a touch in the game, and don't rotate positions, so each position as at least one running play designed for them.
On-topic, I found out we have a few teams in our league who have played together for four years (but none are supposed to be as good as the team we played last week).
However, we are going relish in the role of "underdog". ;-)