Skip to comments.NFL has concerns about Esquire Network's 'Friday Night Tykes' series (Video at Link)
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.
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My son opted to have his kids play YMCA flag football instead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is obviously over the top and totally wrong, but, the NFL can mind it’s own business.
While your point is valid, I've seen too many fathers mercilessly pushing their sons towards that very goal.
I agree, this is just image control by the NFL, something it does very well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
“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.
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....
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.
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......
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.
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....
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