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    I'm not sure if this should be in general discussions or not Mods, so if I'm in the wrong place I apologize in advance. I didn't really see a specific forum for this kind of question, etc.


    My son and I have had a minor debate going on for the last few months regarding his middle school coach and a practice that he discouraged his players from practicing.

    I have coached little league football for nine years now, and one of the things we have always done, is to ask our players to take a knee when someone is hurt on the field. I'm not sure where it came from. I don't know if it was originally intended to help the coaches control the kids while they were dealing with the injury, or perhaps if it originally started with coaches encouraging the kids to take a knee and pray for someone.

    This past year his coach discouraged the kids from taking a knee, even to the point of telling them NOT to do it when their parents were yelling at them to do so from the stands ( I don't approve of parents getting involved in that manner either but it happens).

    Finally in our debate, I took to the internet to find facts and see what other's outside of our area thought. I could find very little when I attempted to google it, but one article did have a group of high school coaches who were asked and it gave their responses. Out of approximately 10 coaches polled on the question, only two said they required their team to do so. The rest either allowed their kids to do so if they wished, or in a few cases discouraged it simply to keep their own kids from cramping up in cold weather.

    I know I have seen The Broncos take a knee at times. I know I have seen it done as a team, and by individuals at the NFL and college levels. It's not seen in every game though, and sometimes even with serious injuries you don't see it. My question for our fans,"Is taking a knee something players should do as a sign of respect?"

    I finally convinced our middle school coach that he needed to let the kids do so, even if there was no valid reasoning, simply because it was something that the kids in our entire area had been doing since they were 5-6 years old. If our team was the only ones not doing it, it made us look classless to the other teams, even if there was no logical reason FOR doing it to begin with. My other question for everyone on here would be, is this done in your areas? I'd be interested in knowing how widespread it is and whether its something we like seeing when our Broncos are on the field as well.

    Thanks for the input, in advance.....Go Broncos

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    I did it in middle and high school football growing up in Texas, and going to Longhorn games they always do it as well. I've always simply seen it as a sign of respect.

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    • #3
      I always did it. Like you said, its just out of respect.
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      • #4
        Its a pretty common display of sportsmanship. Its never been required that I know of, and forbidding it is a bit is an overreaction imo

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lolcopter View Post
          Its a pretty common display of sportsmanship. Its never been required that I know of, and forbidding it is a bit is an overreaction imo
          The coach just felt that it was silly to put our kids on their knees in cold weather and take a chance on them cramping up because someone else "had" a cramp,etc. I understood his reasoning, but considering how it was seen by "other" teams and their fans who didn't know his reasoning, I finally talked with him and he saw my point of view as well.

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          • #6
            I coached little league ball and now am on up to HS, and you take a knee when someone is hurt. Your guy, their guy...don't matter.

            Take a knee. Clap when he gets up and walks off.
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            • #7
              I always took a knee when there was an injury that required a player to be helped off the field. In high school we were not required to but we could if we wanted; if I remember correctly.

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              • #8
                Take a knee. Especially in middle school/little league football. It teaches the kids sportsmanship and respect.

                I swear way too many little league coaches take it WAY too seriously.
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                • #9
                  Take a knee...at ease

                  Take a knee to me means..relax your body and give me your attention....
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CoryWinget81 View Post
                    I coached little league ball and now am on up to HS, and you take a knee when someone is hurt. Your guy, their guy...don't matter.

                    Take a knee. Clap when he gets up and walks off.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GatorChomp View Post
                      Take a knee. Especially in middle school/little league football. It teaches the kids sportsmanship and respect.

                      I swear way too many little league coaches take it WAY too seriously.
                      I played football and soccer as a kid. I was always better at soccer, so I decided to put all my time into that my sophomore year of highschool, playing club in the fall and school in the spring. My high school coach thought he was coaching professionals and took it way too seriously. It was obviously the only part of his life he was in charge of. As a result, about half the team quit. To little league and high school kids, these coaches that take it too seriously ruin their experience.
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                      • #12
                        He shouldn't be coaching if he has a problem showing respect to an injured player.
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                        • #13
                          My teams all always did it. Its just out of respect to the injured player.

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                          • #14
                            Remember, I agree with all of you. I think you do it just as a token of respect, but to play the devil's advocate from "the coaches" perspective....Do you really want your players taking a knee in cold weather, chancing cramping up themselves, just because someone on the other team has a cramp in their calf?

                            Especially (again from his perspective) if the player who is cramping up is within 2 feet of the sidelines and instead of getting him off the field and continuing the game (where you have momentum going) they address it "ON" the field and bring the entire game to a halt for 10 minutes.

                            These were the points he made to me in our discussion. He also pointed out you don't see it all the time in the pro's or at the college level. Many times there will be players still walking around, huddled up with the coach, getting water, etc instead of taking a knee.

                            I am just trying to honestly represent "his" viewpoint since it has had an influence on "my" son and I don't approve myself.

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                            • #15
                              Dear Coach,

                              I coached HS football in ABQ, NM for thirteen years (1994-2006). My recollection is that whenever an injured player was down on the field, all the players on the field took a knee. Rarely the coach would call the team to the sideline.

                              This was true for Varsity, JV and Frosh for all our own games plus the many we scouted. Anything different from that would be alien to me.
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