Back when I was in high school, I showed up the first day of football practice and then had to learn how to play. I’d played playground football for years, even the organized kind at Wilbur Wright Middle School. In fact, I remember 7th grade being a great year. I was on a team with a guy named Mike Koch and this other guy with only one usable hand. I was the wide receiver, on the five-person team, and I used my decent size and jumping ability from playing a lot of basketball to catch nearly anything those two guys threw in the air. I wasn’t afraid to dive on the asphalt. I didn’t know any actual routes, but I seemed to sense where I should be. And I’m pretty sure we won every single game. However, I didn't really know how to play the game of tackle football. 

Back to my first day playing high school football. Because I didn’t really know how to play, I was assigned to be a lineman, even though I could catch a ball as well as anyone. Our tryouts for kicker, for example, included everyone on the team running up and trying to kick the ball one time after one demonstration. Three years later, I’d taught myself to be the second-string place kicker and punter, but that was because I was forced to be the long snapper. I was pretty good, but I maybe could have been great at another position, if I’d only known how to play going in, or maybe gotten the right coaching that would have given me the confidence to tell my coach where I’d be playing, I could have avoided being the smallest right tackle in the City Conference.

If my son ever wants to play football, I want him to play where it’s fun for him. If he likes running the ball, I will try to tackle him. If he wants to throw the ball, I will be his favorite practice target. But I’m no coach. If James wants to start, he’ll need someone who can do more than tell him he’s good. The few kids who had prepared for their high school football experience at Marshall got to choose which positions they played, and that’s the kind of head start my kid will get in football if I have any say.

My friend Rob Slavens runs quarterback camps that can help kids develop the skills they need to play the position they want to play, assuming it’s quarterback. That’s what Midwest Quarterback Camps gets right: intensive skills development for a single position. The most important position on the football field. When you choose your neighborhood, your job, and your school district, you’re making all the right choices for your kids. You do all the best you can for your family. If your son wants to be a quarterback, then give him the best opportunity you can. Sign up for Midwest Quarterback Camps. It’s not a guarantee your kid is going to start or that he’ll be great, but it will help give him the opportunity that some of the other kids might not have, and maybe he’ll have the confidence I didn’t have in showing the coaches where he belongs on the field. In a lot of ways, providing every opportunity is what parenting is all about.

Whether you live in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, or even parts of Canada, this is the quarterback camp of choice. Everyone near the Midwest has a cousin from Wisconsin or Illinois, anyhow, so if you live in North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, or Ohio, check out Midwest Quarterback Camps.

Even if you don't have a kid looking to become the next starting quarterback, check out the website, designed by me, to see how a professional sports camp website should look. MWQB Camps is not only one of the best youth quarterback camps around, it also has the best quarterback camp website in the business.

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