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Texas Pee Wee league bars [300 lb.] youth
ESPN.com ^ | 08/16/2012 | Staff

Posted on 08/17/2012 4:11:21 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

A Texas Pee Wee football league has ruled that a 300-pound seventh-grader is too big to play, according to Dallas-Fort Worth television station KDFW Fox 4's website.

Elijah Earnhardt, 12, was informed this past weekend by the Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association that he is not allowed to play in the league, according to the report posted on MyFoxDFW.com.

The league's rule is that any seventh-grader weighing more than 135 pounds is barred and must play in his school's league, according to the report.

But Earnhardt, who is more than 6 feet tall, and his mother, Cindy, told the website that they still are pushing for admission into the league.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 300lbs; peeweefootball; texaselijahearnhardt
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1 posted on 08/17/2012 4:11:29 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

6'1", 300 lbs.

2 posted on 08/17/2012 4:13:34 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

He should claim he is gay
(or feels he is a lesbian)
and just trump every rule.


3 posted on 08/17/2012 4:14:04 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."- Mark Twain)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Nothing against the kid, but he just can’t play in the pee-wee league. He’d smash up those poor kids. If I were the local high school coach....I’d bring the kid and let him work out with the high school team....put him in physical shape for next years season, and prepare him. I’ve got a feeling that this kid will one day play for the Dallas Cowboys....just a humble feeling.


4 posted on 08/17/2012 4:14:30 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice
I’ve got a feeling that this kid will one day play for the Dallas Cowboys...

Already 6'1" and 300 lbs., at age 12: one day he'll most likely BE the Dallas Cowboys. ;)

5 posted on 08/17/2012 4:15:57 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
a 300-pound seventh-grader

What's pee-wee about that? He needs to start a bull league.

7 posted on 08/17/2012 4:17:56 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Look at the pictures. This kid is not fat. But he has no business playing in that league.


8 posted on 08/17/2012 4:18:37 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
I BELIEVE THAT HE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PLAY.

ON ONE CONDITIION. MOM WILL BE THE BLOCKING DUMMY!

9 posted on 08/17/2012 4:19:54 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Seems he’s not following Missy’s ‘thou shalt not eat Twinkies’.


10 posted on 08/17/2012 4:21:02 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Mom needs to grow up.
This is not about your child lady. It is about all the other children who WILL get hurt playing with someone twice their size.
Why do you think the weight limit was put in place. Does the term PEE WEE not resonate with you???


11 posted on 08/17/2012 4:23:50 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

There have been weight limits in Pee Wee football for 40 years. The limit used to be 115 lbs. It looks like they have raised it to 135 lbs to accommodate the increasing average weight of kids over the years.

It is a necessary rule. The kid will just have to wait until high school to play.


12 posted on 08/17/2012 4:25:20 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

LOL, love the pic. Dallas still sucks though.

GO GIANTS!!!!


13 posted on 08/17/2012 4:25:30 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The weight limit is there for a reason. Pee Wee football is about teaching skills and preparing the kids for High School ball. There is no way little kids can stand up to somebody the size and strength of a 300 pound man.

Let the kid work out with his local High School squad. He will learn more and have a leg up in his Freshman year.

Win/Win Baby!


14 posted on 08/17/2012 4:29:43 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

There have been very strict weight limits in youth football from it’s inception. I remember watching my bigger teammates on Pop Warner running/sweating off 5-6 lbs. prior to weigh in on game day.


15 posted on 08/17/2012 4:33:19 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: gunsequalfreedom

In 1968 I tried to play Pee Wee but was two pounds to small. I tried to eat a bunch of bananas but could not gain weight and I was heartbroken.


16 posted on 08/17/2012 4:35:54 AM PDT by winodog
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

As a former High School coach, this kid will not be a pro player and probably won’t be a very good High School player.

He is too heavy at an early age. His body is still developing and should not be supporting that weight. He will likely have knee issues early on in his career.


17 posted on 08/17/2012 4:41:29 AM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: winodog

wrong approach winodog — should have eaten a pizza and drunk a six pack of beer. Or sewn fishing weights around the belt of your jockey shorts.


18 posted on 08/17/2012 4:42:46 AM PDT by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

His mother is a self-centered horror who ought to spend a few days on the field with a Texas high school team. How could any decent human being even consider trying to put a child on a contact-sports team with children 1/3 his size?

Perhaps swimming would be a good choice for her son - get him some good aerobic exercise without putting too much strain on his bones and joints. And yes, a 6-foot, 300 lb. person is not just big, but fat, unless he’s muscled-up like a prison lifer. I wonder what his mother looks like.


19 posted on 08/17/2012 4:46:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (It's not poetic justice, but it's something awfully close to it.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The story suggests that he hasn’t yet played football at age 13? That surprises me.

Here in football crazy Western PA, recreational football starts in elementary school.


20 posted on 08/17/2012 4:47:09 AM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: Fresh Wind

No, you look more carefully at the pictures, the kid IS fat, even with a big frame. Kobe Bryant weighs less than this kid. The kid’s calves are visibly fat, and his face is chubby and it’s very evident from the fat rolls under his shirt he didn’t miss too many twinkies. Better for this kid to do some swimming to pair down weight and not take a chance on screwing up knees, combined with things like basketball pick up games and just moving around in general. Even have him do the tire drills on the high school football field, etc. Most kids at that age that get to be that tall are still in 180-200 pound range at most. An older man might go up to 220 at that weight, but really even a grown man at that height who was very muscled still would likely be overweight. Even NFL linemen at that height. This kid ain’t ripped.


21 posted on 08/17/2012 4:49:22 AM PDT by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: Azeem
Fair cop; I hadn't thought far enough along those lines, obviously.

Reading the story at first (which had no picture of the kid in question; I had to scare that up myself), I wondered if he might possibly be acromegalic, a la the late "Andre the Giant"... but the facial features don't look even remotely distorted enough for that. (No bony eyebrow ridge; jaw isn't distended; etc.) That's about as far as my layman's knowledge of such things can possibly take me, really. ;)

22 posted on 08/17/2012 4:50:24 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

300 pound Pee-Wee Player is an oxymoron

Like Jumbo Shrimp

(Is his nickname ‘Tiny’?)


23 posted on 08/17/2012 4:57:53 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Six levels of fatness according to comedian Gabriel Iglesias.

1. Big
2. Healthy
3. Husky
4. Fluffy
5. DAMMMN!
6. OH, HELL NO!

“A lot has changed, El Paso, a lot has changed. One thing’s for sure, I’m still the fluffy guy. And I say “fluffy” because that is the politically correct term, for those of you who don’t remember I used to say that there were Five Levels of Fatness. Reason why I say “Used to say” is because now there are six! Uh-huh, I met the new one in Las Cruces. The original five levels are Big, Healthy, Husky, Fluffy, and DAMN!

“People ask, “What could be bigger than DAMN!” The new level’s called “OH HELL NO!” What’s the difference? You’re still willing to work with level five. Example, if you’re on an elevator and you’re with your friend and this really big guy gets on and you and your friend look at each other and you’re like, “DAAAMN!” But you still let the big guy ride your elevator.

“That’s the difference. Level six, you see walking towards your elevator, [Deep growling noise] [Pretends to be a shocked passenger and starts pushing the “close door” button.] “OH HELL NO!” [Growl] “NO!!” [Growl] “NO!!” [Pretends to kick the fat man out] That’s the difference. The guy that I met was six foot eight, six hundred and fourteen pounds. Uh-huh, OH HELL NO!!

“And he was offended at my show. Not by anything that I said, but because of the fact that now at the shows I started selling T-shirts and apparently, I didn’t have his size. Keep in mind, I go all the way up to 5X on the T-shirts and he was like, [Deep growling voice] “You don’t have my size.” I was like, “Dude, I didn’t know they MADE you! I have up to 5X, I don’t have [Growl] X!” A picture of a dinosaur on the back of the tag, you know?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5qM5kX2_C0


24 posted on 08/17/2012 5:20:25 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Can I steal that pic?


25 posted on 08/17/2012 5:20:30 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
When I was young not that long ago, pee wee football leagues were divided by weight instead of age.

When did that practice end?

26 posted on 08/17/2012 5:32:38 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

If she forces them to let the kid play, and some other kid gets hurt his parents will sue, and the next thing you know there won’t be any pee-wee football at all.


27 posted on 08/17/2012 5:38:40 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Would working out with a high school team be legal?

It may start something we don’t want to start.

If allowed, the schools will be fighting over his choice of school.


28 posted on 08/17/2012 5:44:46 AM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: pepsionice

You never heard of the story David vs. Goliath?


29 posted on 08/17/2012 5:45:20 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: All

The sad thing about this article is the insinuation that this is a new or unique instance. Maybe an attempt to turn this into some sort of twisted “civil rights” issue.

Truth is, every community every year kids are deemed too heavy to play pee-wee. I personally know kids now and back in my day that couldn’t play. It’s a safety issue.

I wonder what they’d say if this never happened and they were instead reporting on three kids hospitalized with concussions on one tackle.


30 posted on 08/17/2012 5:48:18 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

He’s obese. 100 lbs overweight and mom is in denial about his obesity. There’s a chart of thin to fat kids with drawings because parents are so unable to tell that their own child is fat. They say, “He’s healthy. He’s a good eater. He’s big-boned.” Nope, he’s just plain fat, and if he’s like the average fat kid, he’s drinking wayyyyyy to many calories in the form of soda and juice.

He doesn’t look like he’s in good physical shape, either. Yeah, he’s tall, so even if he weren’t overweight he’d still be too big to play with the other pee wee kids.


31 posted on 08/17/2012 5:58:03 AM PDT by ReagansShinyHair
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To: MuttTheHoople
Otherwise, he'd make a great Nose Tackle for America's Team:

Football was a great American tradition long before that expansion team was dreamed up as a marketing counter to the AFL's Dallas Texans.

Both the Bears and the Packers had more NFL championships than the Cowboys ever had before they were even conjured up.
32 posted on 08/17/2012 6:00:24 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

He obviously should not be allowed to play. Football is all about fairness and it’s not fair to the other kids that they aren’t this big.


33 posted on 08/17/2012 6:01:21 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: tacticalogic

“If she forces them to let the kid play, and some other kid gets hurt his parents will sue, and the next thing you know there won’t be any pee-wee football at all.”

I think you have something there. My bet is she isn’t forcing the league to let the kid play. Someone is behind this who needs this kid to play in order to promote an agenda about the dangers of football.

Expect the lawsuit, a win in court, other larger kids start playing around the country, kids start getting hurt and then the same hacks who forced this on communities will start decrying that peewee football is too dangerous and demand the game gets shut down.

Maybe Rush was onto something?


34 posted on 08/17/2012 6:03:57 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

We had a 125 pound limit when I played in 8th grade.


35 posted on 08/17/2012 6:06:55 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Not seeing many signs of physical fitness here. I also don't see 300 lbs...he isn't THAT fat, and 300 lbs at 6'1" is VERY fat or VERY muscular. But no, no one in their right mind would allow him to play in a league where most kids are under 135...


36 posted on 08/17/2012 6:10:49 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberalism: "Ex faslo quodlibet" - from falseness, anything follows)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

It’s just common sense.
Little kids play contact sports with other little kids, and not adults, so that they don’t get hurt...

“they”... the adults? :)


37 posted on 08/17/2012 6:11:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Mr Rogers

In that seated position, he could be hiding a really, really large belly, and with the loose shorts, you’re not seeing the size of his thighs or rear.

I have a son who is over 6’1” and weighs around 240. When he’s standing, you can see that he’s overweight, and if he’s in his bathing suit, well ...

My son is almost 16. For a boy so tall and heavy at age 12, an endocrine workup might be a good idea.


38 posted on 08/17/2012 6:19:54 AM PDT by Tax-chick (It's not poetic justice, but it's something awfully close to it.)
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To: Tax-chick

True. Maybe that is why they took the picture like that - to hide his belly.


39 posted on 08/17/2012 6:28:27 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberalism: "Ex faslo quodlibet" - from falseness, anything follows)
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To: All

Why is this even a news story? Every pee-wee/pop warner football program that is full-contact has a weight limit. So, if the limit is 135, then the kid who weighs 138 is too big also. This is not at all uncommon.

When I was a freshman in HS, there were 8 or 9 kids on the freshman team who couldn’t play pee-wee football they were too big. Some kids were over the weight limit by 10 pounds and some by 30 pounds. There was 1 kid who was more tall than big, but he said when he played pee-wee football, he would always have to sweat out a few extra pounds (like a wrestler) before each each weigh-in because he was always on the cusp of the limit.


40 posted on 08/17/2012 6:31:13 AM PDT by PizzaTheHut
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

1) I refuse to believe that in football-crazed Texas, there are no school teams in Jr. High (now often called “Middle School” lest self-esteem be injured).
2) Show us the birth certificate. This kid looks not just big, but old, for twelve.


41 posted on 08/17/2012 6:31:45 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: Chewbarkah
Show us the birth certificate.

That, I think may be the real issue. I remember a few years back reading about a kid playing in the Little League World Series that was way bigger and better than the other kids. He had a forged birth certificate from another country that made him a few years younger than he really was.

This is a common tactic for some sports-obcessed parents. Thinking of the big bucks for pro athletes, they do things like hold their kid back a few years in grade school, so they can be the biggest, oldest football player in high school and be a standout star, recuited to a major college, etc.

42 posted on 08/17/2012 7:13:18 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Chewbarkah; All
1) I refuse to believe that in football-crazed Texas, there are no school teams in Jr. High

UIL competition football in Texas begins in the seventh grade. Every Jr. High/Middle School in Texas has a seventh- and eighth-grade football program. Most schools have multiple teams in Jr. High/Middle School because tons of kids want to play football. Progressively a lot of kids find out the sport is not for them so by the time kids get to high school there are only three teams for all four grades: freshman, JV and varsity.

The Pee Wee League says this kids is too big to play in their league and should play in for his Jr. High/Middle school.

My question to all this is why is the mother against letting her son play for his Jr. High/Middle School?
43 posted on 08/17/2012 7:16:40 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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To: sportutegrl
2) Show us the birth certificate.

Birth Certificate is not an issue in Texas UIL competition. If a student is enrolled in the seventh grade, he can play on the seventh grade football team. Age only becomes an issue in a student's senior year of High School. You are not allowed to play a high school sport if you turn 19 before the season begins!

After reading the article again, it's my opinion this mother just wants her 15 minutes of fame. And of course the media whores at WFAA and ESPN gladly gave it to her!
44 posted on 08/17/2012 7:25:06 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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To: Tax-chick

A couple of vids at this link

45 posted on 08/17/2012 7:35:06 AM PDT by deport
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To: TexanByBirth

My question to all this is why is the mother against letting her son play for his Jr. High/Middle School?


For what it’s worth.....

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Elijah’s size hasn’t prevented him from playing football until now. And he and his mother said he’s not ready to go up against kids with years of playing behind them.

“I don’t want to play in school right now because it’s people that’s had experience and I want to get some experience first and then start playing,” he said. “I just want to play because my teammates are my friends. I know them. I don’t want to go play for somebody else I don’t know.”

Coach Marc Wright is protesting the decision. He said there are a lot of seventh graders over the weight limit and they are being allowed to play.

“If they’re over 135 they have to wear a symbol on their helmet, which is the X. So if they’re an X-man they have to play offensive line, defensive line only,” he said.

Read more: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/19266464/boy-12-ruled-too-big-to-play-football#ixzz23oaI288h


46 posted on 08/17/2012 7:47:20 AM PDT by deport
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To: Uncle Slayton; Melas
Here is that 12 yr old / 300 lb kid I made the mistake about the other day.
47 posted on 08/17/2012 7:52:51 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: deport

Mom’s a big ‘un. I wonder what Elijah’s father thinks about this; would he prefer a team where his son would face players nearer his own size?


48 posted on 08/17/2012 8:05:27 AM PDT by Tax-chick (It's not poetic justice, but it's something awfully close to it.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom
There have been weight limits in Pee Wee football for 40 years. The limit used to be 115 lbs.

I played in a league that had a division for 95 lbs. and under. (there was another weight division above that for heavier kids).

Anyway, I remember playing the Buckhead Red Devils who had won a national title the year before. It looked like every one of their players had to strip down to their jock straps to get under the limit and I could swear some had mustaches.

We lost 69-6 (p.a.t. failed)

49 posted on 08/17/2012 8:18:07 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: deport

I know deport I read that too....but come on, really?

This kid is the size of a grown adult. At that size the kid is going to be just fine regardless of the experience of the other players! And who’s better to give this kid experience: a teacher/coach whose job it is to coach football and teach kids a system that they will need to move on to the next level within his school district, or a part-time volunteer coach whose real job is something else? No disrespect to Pee Wee League coaches, but coaching is not their real job.

Seem to me this is just another example of an overprotective, helicopter mom and a kid that is a bit of a wuss and afraid to test himself against a higher standard.


50 posted on 08/17/2012 9:22:52 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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