Get Your Kids Involved With Your Fantasy Football Team!
For the past 20 years now, I’ve been preaching to whoever would listen – invest in Fantasy Football. I knew the industry had nowhere to go but up, considering every new generation would have an older generation around to teach them how to do it.
In the late ‘90s, I started seeing parents getting their sons and daughters involved in the game, and eventually earning a team of their own.
In the coming years, we’re going to start seeing grandfathers and fathers and grandmothers and mothers playing in Fantasy Football leagues with their kids and grandkids. It’s a hobby that connects multiple generations together now, and it will help young and old have a reason to talk to each other – even if it is for some trash talk!
Your Kids + Your Fantasy Football Team = Great Memories!
I thought I’d share some tips on how to get your children involved with your Fantasy Football team – and we’re talking about kids of any age!
Ages Newborn to Toddler: Go get some plain baby clothes and draw your Fantasy Football team name on the front, with the jersey number of your No. 1 draft pick! Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had pictures of your kid as a one-year old in a onesie with Adrian Peterson’s name on the back last year!?! OK, bad example.
Ages 4-7: Have your kid name your team and design your team logo for this year – and maybe every year after that until he/she gets their own team! Also, you can have your young child go up and draw your draft pick out of the hat for the lottery. If they’re old enough, you can even have them announce your pick every time, like an assistant GM!
Ages 8-10: Buy your kid a box of football cards, and have him pull out all of the players that you picked this season. Then, each week, lay them out and have him help you figure out who you should start.
Ages 11-14: It’s time to give your kid a promotion. He/she needs to officially be named your Assistant General Manager, and you should give them the VERY important task of researching which kickers and defense/special teams you should draft and start each week.
Ages 15-18: Push that kid out of the nest finally. Get into your commissioner’s ear about having your son or daughter as a candidate to take over a team in case an owner goes AWOL for the draft – or continually forgets to set their lineups. Have your child be completely prepared to impress the commish – and the rest of the league – with plenty of Fantasy knowledge in case they question their ability!
Ages 19-99: Once they get their own teams and they move out of your house – they’re dead to you. You know, outside of Thanksgiving, Christmas, weddings and funerals. Then again, you might have just helped build a Fantasy powerhouse that will help you figure out how to win some money in Daily Fantasy Football!
Are there some ways your kids have helped you in your Fantasy Football leagues that I might have missed? Tweet them at me @DavidGonos – I’d love to share them!
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