How do you support a bench warmer?

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  1. cbff

    cbff Destroyer of Botcon

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    So my little cousin is in Peewee Football. He's on a team of about 15 kids, but in the game I went to, he pretty much sat out the entire game. I dunno why he warms the bench on such a small team, but I'd like to try and be supportive any way. At the same time, I don't feel inclined to attend his games to only see him sit on the bench.

    Anybody else have any experience like this?
     
  2. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    That sucks, sounds like you should be attending practice or support him by working on his skills away from the game. Poor kid needs some help!
     
  3. TheIncredibleHulk

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    Seems pretty obvious, "Go cousin! No one else has the skill to warm that bench like you!"

    I should probably ask my parents. I played little league for a short time. Wasn't a bench warmer, instead, I sat in the outfield playing in the dirt. :lol 
     
  4. MV95

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    Get him a donut pillow for the bench :lol 

    In all seriousness though, if you have some spare time, maybe you could practice with him a little bit. The better he gets the more likely the coach will put him in the game. Also, any time he gets a chance to do something that he excells at in front of the coach, tell him to do his absolute best. If the coach notices a good quality in him, he could find a spot for him in special situations during the game. It's all about confidence, so when he does get some playing time, cheer your head off lol.
     
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    15 Kids on one team? That is some pretty serious ironman football there. It sucks for sure, but as long as you are there I'm sure it means a lot to him.
     
  6. Shatterpoint

    Shatterpoint Neato

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    "Remove" a few players.
     
  7. GFH

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    Buy him a nice orthopedic cushion to sit on. <3

    I would ask the coach to put him in the game a bit more often. Then buy the kid ice cream after the games. Kids love sugar.
     
  8. TrueNomadSkies

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    Could always look into whether or not he's even into that sport, as Football might not be this thing, especially at that age. Like, this isn't to say that its his fault for being benched or whatever, but maybe he'd rather do something like Soccer that's much more interactive for people who aren't the star or who aren't the best at grasping being part of the team element?
     
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    talk NICELY to the coach about what he needs to do to get more playing time and always encourage him to be a team playerm and a good cheerleader great morale support to his other teammates.
    When Tyler did soccer they all got even playing time (even tough because Tyler is easily distracted do to his autism he played as much as anyone) but when he sat out I made sure he paid attention to the game, what did Tony do to get that ball in there, did you see Clara pass the ball> Yah we got a goal clap go tell your teammates good job. Sutff like that. Tyler unfortunately didn't get that respect back all the time. Once Tyler was goalie and this was actually his best position and he did very well at it, until the day there was a hot air balloon in the air and he was looking up at that and pointing up at that ...right as the ball slowly rolls right past him and into the net. That was not a good day.
     
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    Just tell him to try to be involved, nothing more. There really is no point in just benchwarming. If he's not that good at the sport, give another sport a go. I've played quite a lot of sports, so I know I always want to get out there and have fun. There is absolutely NO POINT for a young kid just sitting there and watching. Seriously, we're not talking about professionals here, either tell him to try and have fun and get involved, or change to a sport where he is treated equally. If he doesn't want to change sport, go play for a different team. His options are endless.
     
  11. Macross7

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    Start calling him Bumblebee. If he asks why, say he warms benches like BB warms pegs. Tell him to be more like a Vehicon. If anything, you'll succeed in confusion the hell out of him.
     
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    Give em a nice pat on the back. That always helps.
     
  13. Gingerchris

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    I too was going to suggest hobbling a few of the other players.

    Or punching the coach until he agrees to play the kid.

    But then I live in a very sinister and violent world.

    In the weenie world do what others have said about going to watch his practice sessions where he'll be doing stuff other than benching, and give him a few pointers at home where he might learn stuff outside of what the coach is teaching that'll get him noticed.
     
  14. ILoveDinobot

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    In high school, I thought it was cool I was dating a guy on the varsity football team. I went to one of the games and he sat the whole time. I supported him by never going to another game. We only dated for like a week and a half anyway,
     
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    LOL uh...Dinobot you're a female right?
     
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    That was... so nice of you?
     
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    Warm the bench, lose the girl.


    Seems like a pretty irrefutable standard to me. :) 
     
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    Give him a comfortable cushion or pillow.
     
  19. Chaplain

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    Ask him if he would prefer a career being a Waterboy
     
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    Could always help him to a mascot gig, too.
     

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