the rising generation

It seems I have more than my fair share to vent about lately.  It must be all the silence from the past 3 months overflowing now into the new season.

Dash has played football a couple seasons before.  He hasn’t had great experience with it.  He has struggled with the fear of being tackled and hurt, along with the conflict of a sport that promotes tackling and hurting others.  When we moved to Arizona we discovered flag football.  He started the season a month or so ago and has been loving it.  It seems to be the right fit for him.  He can run and chase and be athletic without being afraid of getting hurt or hurting someone else intentionally.

So he has played (i think) 3 games so far and I haven’t been able to make it to any of them yet. With 3 kids in games each Saturday, we have to split up and we can’t go to all.  This past Saturday Doc Macgyver came home a bit furious about music that was playing during the football game.  There are several games that are played at the same time and numerous fields in the same location.  Apparently the organization has music blaring the entire time.  The songs are super less than desirable with inappropriate content and swearing.  I had no idea.  I too became angry.

Saturday evening I emailed the team mom with my concerns.  She said that she too was not happy about what had been played but thought that she was being too conservative and that she was the only one.  She said she would forward my concerns to the league.  This morning I received the response from the league.  It went something like this… “We understand if your son cannot play any longer because you don’t approve of content in popular music.  We base our playlists off of what is approved by the FCC and will continue to play those songs on Saturday.  Thanks for your input.”

REALLY?!?!  I don’t get it.  And here I thought with all the activities in the community that were focused on children, that we had moved into a family-oriented area.  Apparently I was wrong.  Even professional athletes are penalized for profanity.  Why would it make sense for that to be acceptable in a community league with young children?  And why is it SO absurd to think that we want to be better than our parents?  I have a hard time understanding why I’m the minority in this.  And how sad to find out that I’m not the only one to be unhappy with the behavior, but I am the only one willing to communicate my dissatisfaction to the league.

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