Not what we had hoped for the future of character development in football

The first meeting to start building character development programs to reduce bullying that Playmakers hosted in mid-February was honestly not what we had hoped. We had invited 4 youth organizations that committed to participate and one showed up. I first want to commend The Vista Jr. Eagles who brought 4 representatives and indicated they learned a “usable tip” for developing character.

It amazes me that youth coaches and organizations will spend hours and dollars to send their coaches to clinics around the state to learn more football (seldom useable at the youth level), but when it comes to developing character and peer respect, they cannot get it on the schedule. I know this will annoy some. Youth football has a long, long way to go.

I want to thank Oak Hills for opening their facilities to us and for the great food Beach Hut Deli provided. The Playmakers will continue to focus our efforts to instill a culture of character development as the MOST important part in the game of football and life.

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Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler is the Founder and Executive Director of Playmakers Mentoring Foundation. If you would like to invite Coach Roz to speak to your group, he can be reached at