High school football season is in full swing! And as a Mom of four football players, I have been to my fair share of games. With that being said, here are the “Top 6 Tips” I encourage you to keep in mind when attending Friday Night Lights.
- (This rule definitely applies to me!) If you don’t understand the game, don’t talk! Instead just follow the crowd to figure out when to cheer. My husband once gave me a look from hell when I asked what “inning” we were in. Then my boys shook their heads in disbelief, like “Mom, how do you not know this?!” Let’s just say it wasn’t pretty! So I’ve since learned football games have ‘quarters’, a score is a ‘touchdown’ and the point after is a ‘field goal’! First down? Block in the back? False start? I’m clueless! (Maybe for Christmas, they’ll buy me a Football for Dummies Book!)
- Football games are family friendly! Therefore language should be kept at the PG, maybe PG-13 rating. That means don’t veer too far from hell and dammit. Anything over that is rated R. I know the loud sighs and groans of a dropped pass or QB sack can be very upsetting, but my 7-year old daughter doesn’t need to be exposed to such foul language.
- The referee doesn’t care. I’ve been to thousands of football games, and not once, have I seen a ref reverse a call after being ridiculed by a screaming fan. Whether his call was right or wrong, it doesn’t matter, he’s in charge…so screaming at the top of your lungs will only irritate the people next to you.
- Please take your seat! By all means, scream and leap for joy when a touchdown is scored, but don’t forget to sit back down. If others around you are standing up, stand up; but if the people behind you are sitting, please take a seat! I get tired of doing neck exercises trying to lean around your backside to see what’s going on. (Nine times out ten, I forget to bring my glasses, so at least sit down so I can see!)
- Cheer, don’t boo!! Even though I don’t understand the game fully, I still shout out generic rants, like “Let’s Go Dragons!” or “Let’s Go Offense/Defense!” (Of course after I’ve asked my husband which we are on, lol!) But please don’t boo! Whether it’s our team or the opponents, these are high school KIDS! Even if some are juniors/seniors, let’s encourage them for their last high school memories. As much as these kids practice and travel to play these games, we should make their game experience a positive one.
- The most important rule ever!! DO NOT LEAVE EARLY! If you came for the game, stay for the game. And definitely don’t leave early if we are losing! These kids practice for hours, 5 days a week, watch film, endure strength and conditioning drills, memorize plays and have to mentally prepare just for one game. We can’t expect them to win all the time! And it’s when we are losing that we need to cheer even louder to support them! Trust me, they already feel bad on the field and then with the coaches are yelling at them, the last thing they need to see is an empty stand.
Football is a true no-holds-barred sport! It’s full of toughness, intensity and passion unlike any other sport I’ve experienced. I know these simple tips may be hard for some of you avid football fans, but as a Mom who is solely there to cheer on her baby boy, I’d like to enjoy the game just as much as the next!! Good sportsmanship is encouraged on the field and in the stands!! #LetsGoDragons
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.