Friday, October 12, 2018

Coaching with Ben Seewald


Ben Seewald is looking forward to coaching alongside Steve Conley, former defensive end and linebacker for the University of Arkansas and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Do you remember when Ben helped run a football camp with Steve? In this video he and Jessa meet with some of the coaches to prepare for an upcoming game.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

78 comments:

  1. Jessa really went all out picking up that chick-fil-a party platter.

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    1. Why is that Jessa's fault? (And besides, I thought it looked pretty good.)

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    2. Kudos to Jessa for hostessing in a less-stress way. Moms with several littles should look for efficient ways to go about life, and a yummy Chick-fil-A platter for a bunch of football players seems like a smart move.

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    3. It's nothing to be a shamed about. It was a smart move to me.

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    4. plus she couldn't burn it that way ;)
      (kidding... I actually think she's better in cooking than she says!)

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    5. Anon @ 2:05 Jessa has two children not several, but agree young children take up a lot of your time, so whatever makes life less stressful.

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    6. Lighten up. It's OK to feed your family Chic=fil-A once in a while.

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    7. Perhaps she asked beforehand what they wanted and served what was requested.

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    8. I think that’s a great idea. I hate to cook and rely on restaurants a lot. I would rather spend my time with guests than in kitchen service. I think a good hostess focuses on her guests not just their appetites.

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    9. Anon 8:01.... I think I know what's going on here. I think if she didn't serve Chick Fil-A, you probably wouldn't had said anything. Chick Fil-A can have their own opinion but I don't see nobody going off at McDonalds for not serving the homeless. But hey, at least Chick Fil-A serves real chicken and none of that processed stuff.

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    10. 12:33, you'll note that I didn't actually say Jessa had several children.

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  2. As I recall, the past coverage of Ben's involvement in a football camp was a bit disingenuous. The show seemed to imply that Ben had come up with the idea and organized it, where in reality the event was put on by an established organization and he merely stepped in to participate. It is nice that Ben has such an interest in football and wants to find outlets for that, but I don't like seeing the family intentionally misrepresent themselves and their contributions. Also, this isn't an event "for kids." It's clearly an event "for boys."

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    1. I didn’t get the impression that Ben had been the one to organize it last time, but I understand how that could be thought. Also the program could still be open to girls, but most parents don’t take their daughters to football camp, because while there may be a few who would enjoy it, most little girls don’t. At least the ones I know.

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    2. Exactly! The way the show made it seem like Ben was the football camp's chief organizer was an insult to Mr. Conley and the other coaches who had invested their time and efforts into making the camp successful. The organization gets exposure from Ben's involvement but it should have been made clear that he was a volunteer.

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    3. Why in the world would someone send their daughter to a football camp? If your only resort for an activity for your daughter is football camp then it's time for you to move and live in an area that offers more options for your daughter. Football camp for your daughter, that's just crazy!

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    4. I think the role Ben has played in "football camp" is somewhat exaggerated. He appears to be a volunteer who is not really in charge of anything.

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    5. @9:26 Girls play football! From the Pop Warner level to high school, and beyond. There's a US women's football league.

      Did you consider that maybe a girl would WANT to go to that football camp? That it wasn't "a last resort" for her? It's not crazy at all. Females can be excellent athletes.

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    6. 9:26, what about girls who really want to play football? You are really stereotyping girls, by assuming that no girl would want to do that. I say Let girls and boys be free to choose.

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    7. What's wrong with girls wanting to play football? I've known many girls and younger women that have played on teams, and many older women that wish they'd had the opportunity to play.

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  3. I didn't know Ben was a football player. What position did he play?

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    1. He only played in high school that we're sure of. Not sure beyond that. He never played professionally.

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    2. I don't understand why people have to throw it their faces about job "professions" and "professional" sports. Seriously. It's so stuck up if you ask me and I am almost certain that people who is making a big deal about it has not done anything professional themselves because they are behind a computer screen judging others.

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    3. Wait! Wasn't Ben homeschooled?

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    4. I thought even homeschoolers kept track of where they were grade wise - elementary, middle, or high school. So you could say you were "in high school" even though you're being home schooled, because you're doing the work in those grades. Otherwise, how would you know to stop homeschooling and graduate?

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    5. 5:39, some states still allow homeschoolers to participate in their sports programs

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    6. Anon 5:39, some public schools allow homeschool kids and teens to join their sport activities :)

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    7. 5:39 I think that even if you are homeschooled or go to a private school, some public schools allow you to participate in their school sports.

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  4. Is this the same camp where they tried to give their own religious messages to the kids? Please tell me this isn't an activity tied to one religion and that the kids involved have to listen to messages from that one particular religion. But I have a feeling it's the same camp type program, if Ben and Steve are involved again. I hope it's inclusive for all kids who want to participate, regardless of their religious beliefs.

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    1. Kids don’t have to be Christians to participate in groups like that, and there is nothing wrong with them talking about Jesus at camps. If you want to shelter your kids away from that then don’t go to a Christian camp, for plain and simple.

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    2. I think if it is Christian based it would still be opened to kids of other religious faiths just like an Islamic or Jewish based football camp would no doubt be opened to kids of other faiths. If a parent has a problem with the religious part of the camp then send your child elsewhere. A religious camp does no have to bend its beliefs to appease another religion. Freedom of religion is still a protected right.

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    3. It's Christian based. They will know this when signing up their child. If it's written on people and this is what this camp is built on, there is nothing nobody can do except take their child somewhere else.

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    4. Freedom of religion means that a person cannot be forced to belong or practice a particular religion by the government. No one is stopping this religious based football camp so @12:14,your comment does not apply.

      However, I would hope that the organizers of this camp make it very clear that it is religious-based camp and the particular Christian group the camp belongs to. Minors are involved, after all. If they do and also spell out the role of religion in the camp, then the parents can make an informed decision.

      The camp may be open to non-conservative Christians but it is essential not, if religion is part of the camp. As long as that is made clear who the camp is for and what are the religious expectations,I see no problems.

      It is unfortunate that something like a sport camp cannot be truly open to all children. My children were part of city-wide sport club, coached by volunteer parents and by professional athletes. Religion, race, ethnicity and citizenship did not matter. The kids were there to have fun and learn the sport. As a byproduct, they learned to respect each other and made friends.


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    5. Why would you have to mix football with religion?

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    6. Everywhere around you there are options for children to attend purely secular activities or ones that have a religious component. If people want to send their children to a Christian camp, then they will hear about Jesus. If you want no religion, then send your children to a secular camp. If you want Jewish or Muslim etc then send them to that. There is something for everyone and no need to put down Christians.

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  5. Has Ben ever played football at any grade level or on a highschool team? Or college team?

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    1. He played in high school

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    2. Community colleges don’t have football teams.

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    3. 12:24 - Some community colleges do have football teams and some community colleges allow their students to play for other college teams :)

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  6. It seems Ben would be very happy as an educator and coach. Perhaps he should consider getting a bachelor's degree in teaching and pursuing that route.

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    1. I like that they are all smart enough to go to college when they actually need it instead of risking and wasting money.

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  7. i have come to very much respect Ben. It seems like he does a lot of the housework and work with the kids. This would be a great opportunity for Ben to have fun doing something he likes to do. He will be a fine mentor for those he coaches.

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  8. That's pretty cool Ben! In a few years Ben's sons can also be apart of this too.

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  9. Is Ben helping to run another football camp?

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    1. That seems to be the plan. I think Spurgeon and Henry are a bit young to start playing football though.

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    2. In some schools, kids at the age of 5 can start playing football although it's very different and much safer than regular football.

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    3. How do you know that’s the plan, anon 12:49?

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    4. 11:05, but Spurgeon isn’t five so that still doesn’t apply

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  10. Good luck with the coaching Ben. God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  11. Ben seems so nice.

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  12. Thats good. I didn't like Ben that much at first, he wasn't real mature but he was only 18. he has matured of course and he is my 2nd favorite IN-LAW guy now. I like that he has different views than Duggars

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    1. I think Ben along with Derick and Jeremy are all confident in themselves and don't conform to Duggar ways as such. Will be interesting to see how many children they all have. I haven't really seen Austin to comment.

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    2. Really? What does he view that are different from his in-laws?

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    3. Are you sure you didn't get it mixed up? I thought Ben was really mature, especially for his age.

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    4. I believe Ben was raised as a Calvinist and not in the iblp movement. His sisters also wear pants and work outside the home. Of course these of his parents beliefs and Ben's could have changed.

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    5. I would also like to hear the OP explain what "different views" Ben has. He was carefully vetted by JB before joining the family, as were all the sons-in-law.

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    6. 1:03 am - That is half true but his family is no different from the Duggars. Some of the Duggar women do wear pants sometimes. Joy-Anna, Jinger and Jessa. But as Jana said, they mostly like to wear skirts.

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  13. Ben is my favorite member of the family. He is very open minded and not quite as traditional as the rest. Love Jessa as well.

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    1. They are all different.

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  14. Does anyone know how much playing experience Ben has had on a football field? Did he play football in elementary school or high school?

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    1. I could be wrong but I think they said on an old episode that he played in high school

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    2. He played in high school

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  15. I was wondering when Josiah and Lauren's honeymoon/John David and Abbie's courtship, engagement, bachelor/bachelorette party and wedding will air? Wonder who is next? I would love to see Mom Michelle homeschooling James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie and to see there graduations. Would love more outings and longer seasons. Missing Anna and her 5 kids. Can't wait to see Ben coaching the youth football. Would love to see entire families on the show. Natasha B.

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    1. The honeymoon will probably air next season along with John-David and Abbie's courtship + engagement :)

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    2. Hard to say. Maybe next year or on a special.

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    3. I know very little about home schooling but I really admire those who do it. I do have a question - do States have a standard that home schoolers have to follow? Are their standardized tests to take to make sure certain subjects are covered?

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  16. I hope Ben and Jessa put their children in school. Clearly Ben is trying to go back in time to be part of a team and play football.

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    1. I hope Jessa and Ben do whatever it right for their family year by year, and that they don’t receive judgment from whatever choice they make.

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    2. clearly ben is loving mentoring kids and this is his way of doing so

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    3. What's wrong with homeschool? Ben trying to get back on a team doesn't effect their children's education. Homeschool is better.

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    4. Clearly he isn’t trying to play football again, he’s just helping as a coach. Stop judging their lives and live your own. And it’s their decision to put their kids in school, homeschool, or put them in private school. It’s not your decision, it’s not mine, and it’s no one else’s either!

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    5. I doubt they'll do that. Kids can play sports while being home schooled.

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    6. There are sports leagues for homeschool kids, too.

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    7. I agree with the comments about sports leagues for homeschool kids. In our area, you have to pay extra for sports whether you send them to a school or do school at home. So school makes absolutely no difference for sports (or arts like plays and band either).

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    8. 11:09- Whether or not homeschooling is better than any other forms of education is a matter of opinion. It depends on the child, and the homeschool or regualr school environments. There are good and bad situations in both.

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  17. Way to go, Ben! You clearly have a gifting and heart for instructing others. Coaching kids’ sports can be a great way to give a positive male role model. The Christian messaging is a solid bonus.

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  18. For those asking, Ben has played football in his younger years but never for school or for an organized team of any kind. He was homeschooled and went to college online so he never was given the opportunity to get involved in athletics at any level. This volunteering is his way of perusing his love of sports. I think he would make an excellent coach for young athletes as he has the drive, patience and fun loving attitude kids can relate to and enjoy. I hope Ben encourages his children to Persue sports if they want to play. Kids learn so much about life in general through organized sports via school, rec leagues etc

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    1. Homeschool kids can join sports from regular schools

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  19. I'm curious as to how much involvement and participation Ben has had with this already existing organization after this segment was filmed way back one or two seasons ago? Does anyone out there know if this is something he really has stuck with OR just filmed for their TV show?

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