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Girls playing football what the heck

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Question: Would you let your 9 year old DD play football if she truly wanted to play with the boys?

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I like to read the yahoo news and I seen one and I wanted to see what you guys think.


Sam Gordon scored 25 touchdowns in her first season of tackle football. (Courtesy of Brent Gordon)

It started as a way for an 8-year-old girl to keep up with her big brother.

Sam Gordon just wanted to run with the older kids. The coaches in the local tackle football league figured, hey, why not? Maybe they could turn it into a drill: Who can outrun Max's little sister?

They were shocked to find the answer: no one.

Sam Gordon, now 9, became one of the fastest kids this Salt Lake City area "Gremlins" league had ever seen. They put her in drills and she outran boys two years older. They allowed her into the "Sharks and Minnows" game and stared in awe at not only at her speed, but her ability to move like a tailback.

"She could cut and follow blocks like a college football player," says her coach, Chris Staib.

Staib hatched a plan: His team was drafting seventh out of nine. He wanted to pick the girl. So he started talking her down, suggesting she would get hurt. The other coaches bought it, and with his first selection he chose Sam Gordon.

"You dog!" they howled.

Staib just laughed. Sam ended up running for 25 touchdowns and 10 conversions (no PATs at this level) in her first season playing tackle football. She earned the nickname "Sweet Feet" – a modern-day Rudy Huxtable – and a breathtaking viral video in which she looks so fast that you have to wonder if it's real.

"Oh it's real," says Staib. "That's her. I was there for all of that."

It may be real, but is it appropriate? This is a 9-year-old girl playing against bigger, stronger boys. She even had a trainer who put her through agility drills and plyometrics. Gordon is not even 60 pounds, and there's a kid on her team who weighs more than 150. (His nickname: Tank.) In an era of concussions and frequent ACL tears, it's fair to ask: What are the adults thinking?

Sam's dad, Brent, admits his daughter had an adjustment issue at first. "She had a little bit of a struggle," he said Tuesday in a phone interview from his Idaho law office. "The team lost a couple of games. Since she was the primary ball carrier, she felt a lot of pressure to win. She felt blame for losing."

His solution was the video, telling Sam not to worry about the end result but rather each play. "Get me some highlights," he told her. He says it helped.

And what about the tackling? There are some fairly vicious hits on this video.

"I started her out in soccer at 4 years old and we would play out in the yard," Brent explains. "And my son's friends were pretty aggressive and rough. She could really handle a lot of the physical play. There were some games where she'd fall down and just keep going. She would get kicked in the face, kicked in the gut and just keep going."

Sam Gordon (Courtesy of Brent Gordon)Staib doesn't hesitate when asked about the hitting. He says Sam loves to tackle and even goes after Tank whenever she gets the chance. He's not worried. Brent says only once did Sam get shaken up from a hit. She came out of the game, rested for a few plays, then returned to score a touchdown.

"Some kids, right before the contact, they stop," Sam told her father. "I don't. I just hit 'em." "That's not something I taught her, "Brent says.

A lot of people won't accept a 9-year-old girl playing tackle football, and perhaps with good reason. But it seems Sam loves it. Her dad and coach say she has no hesitation about coming back for another season. And her dad admits he's overwhelmed with pride, even though (or maybe especially because) he was no star athlete.

"With Sam, I keep questioning myself," he says. "Am I trying to make it something it's not because I'm her dad? I asked my brother, 'OK, am I just being a crazy dad here? Or is this really cool?' "

Maybe it's a little of one and a lot of the other. But what started as little Sam trying to keep up with her brother is now dozens of older boys trying to keep up with her.

by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Replies (201-210):
scarlettsam
by on Nov. 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM
If thats what she wanted absolutely. I will never tell her theres something she cant do becauswe of sex roles.
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juju40
by Silver Member on Nov. 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

 whats wrong with girls playing boys sports??boys play girls sports all the time..softball, volleyball. gymnastics, cheerleading should i go on

Quoting godsgirl26:

Girl should not play football. I wish women/ girls will stop trying to do any and everything men/ boys do.
Let the boys have their sport gah.

 

CatherineNewton
by on Nov. 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

My sister played foot ball. In the very first game she sacked the quater back and got the (a) fumble.

godsgirl26
by ♥Char2theMaine♥ on Nov. 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM
I really don't feel like explaining myself all over again so please go back some pages and read why i feel this way. Thank you:)

Quoting juju40:

 whats wrong with girls playing boys sports??boys play girls sports all the time..softball, volleyball. gymnastics, cheerleading should i go on


Quoting godsgirl26:

Girl should not play football. I wish women/ girls will stop trying to do any and everything men/ boys do.
Let the boys have their sport gah.

 

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quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Nov. 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM
I wont let a child of any gender play football. The coaches are slightly psycho, as are the parents, and the risk of serious injury at a young age is high. Mine takes karate and I'd let a child of either gender do martial arts.
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rawrmommysaurus
by on Nov. 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM

heck yes I would!  growing up, I could kick and throw a foot ball farther than any boys in my class.  I wanted to play peewee football so bad, begged and pleaded with my parents to let me.  They wouldn't because girls played with dolls, they didn't do sports.  I even tried as late as freshman year of high school to get them to let me.  The football coach had seen me playing with my little brother a few times and asked me if I would like to be on the foot ball team (they needed a good kicker.)  He called my parents in for a meeting (was a teacher also.) As soon as he mentioned me and football, they walked out laughing.  I was heart broken.

They also did something similar with video games.  I actually got grounded for trying to play attari with my older brother numerous times, and also for playing his Gameboy.

To this day, I can't stand either.

CrystalDawn2506
by Gold Member on Nov. 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I said yes because I know a girl who played High School football. She went hardcore always came out on top plus she helped the football team go on winning kick while she was in HS. Other teams got pissed that she did better than them anyways but really pissed them off when they found out she was a girl. Her teammates had her back and she had theirs. She was only 5'2" and 115lbs but could tackle a 200lb guy like he was nothing lol.  So if my DD wanted to take on playing football and a coach was willing to have her on the team ( some coaches are ass hats lol)then I wouldn't be against it at all.

fullxbusymom
by Silver Member on Nov. 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM
Not true they have girl football leagues.

Quoting christina0607:

At that age sure, and I think its great for her.



However there will come a time when she can not play football, no matter how bad she wants too. So I hope her parents are preparing her for that and I hope she is playing other sports as well, so she can fill that space when that time comes.
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fullxbusymom
by Silver Member on Nov. 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM
That is a pretty lame excuse!! Men do every single solitary sport girls do. There is no girl or boy sports here, every single sport is for either gender and yes that includes football.

Quoting mich.el.le:

 


Quoting godsgirl26:

I'm saying let the boys have football. Football is a tough sport and i don't feel girls have what it takes to play that sport.
I feel people should let the boys have that one sport to themselves. Girls already play soccer like the boys, basketball like the boys etc. Women/ girl should not try to play everything that men / boys play gah.



Quoting babyspots17:

That is a ridiculously stupid statement every sport started out as a male sport! If women/ girls let the men have"their sport" women would have NO sports!




Quoting godsgirl26:

Girl should not play football. I wish women/ girls will stop trying to do any and everything men/ boys do.


Let the boys have their sport gah.

 Seriously? You're obviously wrong, based off the video and the women who HAVE played the sport.  Do you think they would put her in if she wasn't capable? When I was her age, I could out run, do more pull ups, and beat up every boy around my age.  Heck, even now I can out bench some guys.

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randomosityblog
by on Nov. 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

BAD ASS!!

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