In another forum, a mother asked about her objection to her husband wanting their elementary school son to take up playing football. All the men said it was OK to play organized tackle football.
I grew up playing organized tackle football from the youth leagues through High School. I could have played in a small college but I knew I'd never play in the NFL, so I went into studying for a profession. I think playing made me a leader and a better man. However, I was not a practicing Catholic at the time. Looking back today at it, if I were to do it all over again, there is only one thing I would have had to change when I went into high school, and that is the naked showering of the players. We would all, including the coaches bathe and walk around naked in the locker room. The showers were just one big open space. I did not think anything of it at the time, but now I see it as wrong. That is the part that Catholic parents have to teach their children to "work around". I remember we had one player, a 320 lb defensive lineman, who was black, and more civilized than all of us. He was a gentleman, and a transfer from a Catholic school. He would not undress past his underwear and never showered. He would change his clothes and leave after practice, never showering. I now understand why he did that.
Fathers, if your children want to take up football, think about what I just said.
I'd be curious to know what they do in the SSPX schools that play high school football. Anyone know?