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NFL has concerns about Esquire Network's 'Friday Night Tykes' series (Video at Link)
Los Angeles Times ^ | Joe Flint

Posted on 01/07/2014 5:04:37 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo

One coach tells his players, "rip their freaking heads off and let them bleed." Another coach smacks a player in the head while telling him, "don't give me that soft crap."

The next season of HBO's "Hard Knocks?" An ESPN documentary on the famed defense of the 1985 Chicago Bears?

Nope. This is the Esquire Network's new show "Friday Night Tykes," a documentary about the Texas Youth Football Assn., whose players are under the age of 10.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: football; nfl; texas
I'm not a big fan of organized football before high schoool.
1 posted on 01/07/2014 5:04:37 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Ditto


2 posted on 01/07/2014 5:08:46 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

My son opted to have his kids play YMCA flag football instead.


3 posted on 01/07/2014 5:10:57 AM PST by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Why not just let your boys wear skirts and panties?

There is nothing wrong with Texas football....except having grade schoolers playing their games in 110 degree heat in August, and the coaches are getting better about letting the boys drink water now.

It’s no accident that the NFL is full of players from TX and the South.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 5:16:14 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

Being a man doesn’t require you to teach little kids to hurt each other. Its not like your kid is going to play in the NFL afterall.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 5:20:40 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
I read the article, viewed the video, and immediately checked my TV schedule to see if this train wreck was available with my cable provider. It wasn't, but something called “Texas Rodeo Tykes” is. Maybe they'll have Texas kindergarten bare knuckle boxing next.

I liked football and played it in school but this is too intense for nine year olds. As indicated in post 3, YMCA flag football is a much better alternative for young children.

6 posted on 01/07/2014 5:21:42 AM PST by Route797
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To: txrefugee

Some of the greatest NFL players never put on the pads before high school. And one wonders how many potential greats were turned off the sport because of hollering coaches and being late growers.


7 posted on 01/07/2014 5:24:06 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: txrefugee

Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of having amateur Greg Schianos screaming at little kids to hurt their opponents seems a bit excessive.


8 posted on 01/07/2014 5:25:21 AM PST by Route797
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

My twin boys are pretty athletic....They’ll letter in cross country, wrestling and track as Freshman. When they both decided to forego football, I wasn’t disappointed, not one little bit.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 5:32:54 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
"And one wonders how many potential greats were turned off the sport because of hollering coaches and being late growers."

My teammate's coach/father, a Woody Hayes wannabee in an idiotic example of aggressive boot camp style coaching, angrily slapped the boy's face during a game. Screamed at him to "ACT LIKE A MAN!" Though a gifted athlete and keene competitor, the boy never played organized sports again.
10 posted on 01/07/2014 5:44:48 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

This is obviously over the top and totally wrong, but, the NFL can mind it’s own business.


11 posted on 01/07/2014 5:50:58 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

12 posted on 01/07/2014 6:01:07 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: driftdiver
Its not like your kid is going to play in the NFL afterall.

While your point is valid, I've seen too many fathers mercilessly pushing their sons towards that very goal.

13 posted on 01/07/2014 6:01:35 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: John W

I agree, this is just image control by the NFL, something it does very well.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 6:07:21 AM PST by Fair Paul
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Good point.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 6:12:09 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Here in my home town the local sports talk station has a certain former coach on a midday show. The guy coached at several schools in Division I (back when it was Division I) and also with the Miami Dolphins and another NFL team...

"Too soon."

Kids are being pushed into football too soon. In coach Smith's (not really his name) opinion, "about Junior High age, 12 to 14 or so" is the right time for them to start if they choose to.

16 posted on 01/07/2014 6:18:39 AM PST by OKSooner ("Like, cosmic, man.")
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To: Fair Paul

I think the only two stories that the NFL really doesn’t like concerning football are the ones about the rampant HGH use/lack of testing and the stories about brain injury during the course of a football career into the NFL. Everything else is just more press, drives football talk and interest.

FReegards


17 posted on 01/07/2014 6:21:21 AM PST by Ransomed
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To: txrefugee

Kids can be taught valuable lessons about competition, teamwork and dedication without being “coached” to injure other players, and without being bullied by some mental midget who is either suffering from delusions of “coaching” grandeur or is living vicariously through his players.

The majority of youth-league coaches I have encountered are in it for the right reasons, but there are a significant number who are so mentally unbalanced about sports that they have no business being anywhere near our children.

There IS a middle ground.

If you have sons then I hope for their sake you find it.


18 posted on 01/07/2014 6:22:02 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Malone LaVeigh

My kids play hockey. You can push kids to exceed, be strong, throw good checks, win, and learn sportsmanship without teaching them to knock the other kids teeth out.


19 posted on 01/07/2014 6:27:48 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Same. And from what I see in the trailer, this is horribly abusive and should be stopped. How can a Parent let their child be subjected to this?


20 posted on 01/07/2014 6:36:14 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: RIghtwardHo

“How can a parent let their child be subjected to this?”

They do this to get the kid’s ready for a D1 Scholarship and then onto the NFL. Sounds like this league is for the more “ambitious” parents to showcase their kids talent. When you have D1 schools offering Scholarships to kids as young as 12 and 13.. the parents are biting at the bit. The parents, IMHO, are living vicariously through their children. No different than any other “stage” mom. The video clip shows at least two helmet to helmet hits.. scary to me.


21 posted on 01/07/2014 7:18:42 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

As a former high school and college football coach, I feel kids should NOT play organized sports before the age of 10...Even then, the coaches of the youth teams should be mandated to attend clinics given by area high school and college coaches before being allowed to coach...Proper techniques need to be taught to some of the coaches as illustrated by this trailer...Head-on tackling drills should be performed at not more than 1-2 yds apart and beginning with 1/2 to 3/4 speed to show the proper techniques. These coaches need to be reminded that this is a game FOR the kids...not for the glory of a youth coach Lombardi....


22 posted on 01/07/2014 7:35:14 AM PST by Boonie
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I read an article that interviewed some pros who said they wouldn’t let their kids play tackle football until high school because the coaches on the teams before high school don’t know what the are doing and take risks that could hurt the kids.

I thought it was an interesting perspective.


23 posted on 01/07/2014 7:43:55 AM PST by luckystarmom
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One of the best ran youth programs I have ever seen is in Maryville, TN...The youth teams and coaches work in conjunction with the Maryville High School coaching staff...The result is maryville High School has 8 state championships over the last 10 years and a 10 year record of 145-5......


24 posted on 01/07/2014 8:01:52 AM PST by Boonie
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To: Boonie

I’m in total and absolute agreement, Boonie. But as a former high school and college football coach, YOU had to have seen the “sport parent”. You remember the ones... push harder, succeed no matter what, stop crying, play my kid because he is that gooood!” Heck, I know one high school Dad that pushed his son into taking steroids. Even after his own kid blew up like a Spring Toad and developed man-breasts.. that didn’t stop him. D-1 is the focus.. not health or general well being.


25 posted on 01/07/2014 8:18:06 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

Yep...There are those in every crowd...When coaching high school, we coaches always had a pre-season meeting with the parents (without the kids). We were nice about it, but we told them WE were the coaches...If they wanted to coach, get a teaching position at the school and we would welcome them to the staff, but until then, you be the parent and spectator, we would do the coaching...It mostly worked out well....


26 posted on 01/07/2014 8:38:04 AM PST by Boonie
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