My son starts playing football this year. It is the first year they allow it as part of the school. It is hard to believe he is in 7th grade. He is very excited about football. He got all dressed up in his pads and ran around a bunch.
The one downside of the whole thing is his mom not allowing him to skip or reschedule tutoring for Football practice. I asked some people who have played and the sentiment was that he would be letting down the team and the coaches would not stand for it. The wife asked the coach if it was alright and he said it was fine. I am not so sure. Practices are 6 days a week for the kids.
The kid thinks she is wrong also. He gets in this huge fight with her on the way home from his last practice. As a little background to this the wife is always complaining about her job. She makes an ok salary at like 50-60k a year or so. Nothing special. Some kid out of school could probably do that. She has been doing mostly tech support type stuff instead of her normal Business Analyst job and she hates it.
So they start yelling at each other about the practices. My wife says "You need to have the tutoring! I went to Smith College and got a degree and you need to do the same!" to which he replies "Yeah, and look where that's gotten you".
I will say the Wife did not find it as amusing as I did.
One last thing. The kid was put on the D-Line. Not sure if this is because of his mom or not. I told him to work his ass off and show the coach that he was a hard working player and he would be able to earn a spot as a wide receiver or something he would rather do. I am not sure if this was a demotion or if the 8th graders get the better spots and the new kids have to put in the time. Anyway we will see.