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Farmington Valley MudHogs
The MudHogs have been playing football in the Valley for over 20 years now. We have players that gone on to play Division 1 football and have helped with thousands of youth players enjoy this great game of football.
In recent years we have taking big strides to make our tackle program one of the safest programs in the state. All of our coaches are USA Football Heads up Certified, CPR and First Aid Certified and trained in Concussion protocol. We use some of the top equipment available for all our players and our coaches are trained on new techinques to help lessen the chance of any injuries. All of these changes have shown in helping to decrease our number of injuries reported year over year.
Playing football as a youth isn't just about playing football, it helps youth develop in so many other ways:
Develop New Skills. Playing youth football requires children to communicate with both teammates and their coaches. Teamwork is probably the most important skill that is learned by playing football. Teamwork is a trait that these kids will need to carry into teen and adulthood. Youth football will also assist in the development of social skills, which is necessary to be successful in not just football, but in life as well.
Making Friends. Playing youth football will allow kids to make new friends. Playing football will help develop team chemistry and a sense of brotherhood. These friendships can last for a lifetime. Also, for the most part, they will be making friends that are also on the right path.
Develop Competitiveness. Life is about competition- whether it is playing a team sport or applying for a job. Nothing is given to you in life so it is important that kids learn how to work hard and compete for everything. Set goals and work competitively towards them is what youth football should be all about. Kids need to learn to always compete and set high goals for themselves. When we say “competitiveness”, we do not mean “winning at all costs”. It’s all about effort.
Become Physically Fit. Football will require kids to take part in physical fitness. Our country’s obesity rate is at alarming levels. This is primarily because of poor nutrition (fast foods) and the growing interests and developments of video games. Kids play video games, but the kids that are addicted to them are the ones that rather stay inside on a nice day and play games. If it is a nice day, kids should be outside playing. Kids need to stay active and participate in sports and recreation. Football is a physically demanding sport that will have the kids exorcising every practice and game. There is no other sport that teaches physical fitness better than football.
Keep Children Busy (and out of trouble). Playing sports will help keep kids busy after school. Participating in youth sports and recreational activities will help keep the kids busy and out of trouble. It will keep kids in a controlled, structured, and positive environment. It will also get the kids in good physical condition and it will keep them away from those unproductive 6 hour long video game sessions. Keeping kids busy and out of trouble is one of the best reasons why kids should play youth football. No other sport will require more commitment and DISCIPLINE.
Safer Game. The game of football has never been safer. Coaches are now required to take various safety classes on proper tackling and blocking techniques. We also implemented rules that don’t allow teams to do live tackling for more than 1/3 of the practice. There are also certain stupid ‘old school’ football drills that are now banned. The evolution of equipment also makes the game much safer. Equipment is getting better. Our coaches are becoming more educated.
Teaches Commitment. Team sports will teach kids about how to be a part of something bigger than themselves. When you sign up to play a team sport, you are required to go to practice every single week. Team sports require commitment, discipline, and hard work from all the players. Kids will have to come home from school and do homework, eat dinner, and then go to practice. It’s a lot of work for the kids and the parents. Going to school, doing homework, and then going to practice is pretty much a full time job for the kids. This is great practice for when they grow older and hit the work force!
Winning and Losing. Playing team sports will teach your kids how to win and how to lose. In every competitive sport there will be a winner and a loser. Sometimes kids will be on the winning team and sometimes they will be on the losing team. Team sports will teach kids how to come off a defeated and continue to work hard. When a team works hard and it translates into a positive result, there is no better feeling. Team sports will make kids realize that when you work hard good things will happen