Watching football with a cold beverage and a bowl of snacks after work with friends or family members like your children can be a lot of fun. Watching National Football League (NFL) teams running around the field in their sublimated football uniforms either on defense or offense usually makes your day. And then one day, your kid walks up to you and says he wants to join a youth football league. You’ve watched the game and enjoyed it but how can you be sure that you’re willing to allow your child join the league and play the sport with a team? Well, you need to sit down and seriously consider the pros and cons of your child playing football and joining a youth football league like Pop Warner.

For one, joining a football league is the best opportunity for your child to learn the basics of football, as well as get the intense workout and physical conditioning he will need in order to survive playing the game. It’s also the best opportunity for your son to learn a few important lessons involving the reality of the game. Many children grow up watching the fascinating and exciting game of football with their friends and families and they usually believe it’s just as easy they see it being played on TV by professional footballers in sublimated football uniforms who have paid the hard price for being good players.

So, your child is unaware of the physical demands of football, the intensity of competing on the field against another team and it is until he experiences it that your child can decide if he’s really ready for a life of playing football as a sport. Youth football leagues also allow children who are interested in football to understand the importance of commitment. After all, they will have to dedicate at least two hours, 3-4 times weekly to practice, training and drills with the team before going out on the field in sublimated football uniforms to compete against other talented youth football teams.