Mad Coaches Disease? by Alex Boland

1 Dec

Recently, it was brought to the attention of the National Pop Warner League that the Tustin Cobras, in Southern California, were playing illegally and encouraging dirty play. Claims have been made that the coaches of the Tustin Cobras have paid players, ages ten and eleven, as much as fifty dollars to make big hits and knock their opponents out of the game. Currently the president of the Tustin, California Pop Warner Football League and the coach of this specific team have been suspended while investigations are made upon these allegations. If these accusations are true, I find these actions very immoral in the spirit of the game. The Pop Warner League is supposed to be a fun, family orientated experience that prepares young football players for high school football. The players are supposed to go out and work hard while doing their best but most importantly, win or lose, they should have fun and play fair. This bounty scheme is one example of the coaches taking youth athletics to the extreme. The coaches are exercising more of a desire to win than making it enjoyable for the kids. The children obviously want to win. However, these coaches are getting too caught up in these games and caring more about the outcome of the game rather than the outcome of the children’s’ experience. This is not only shown in the bounty scheme but also in the intensity in which the coaches yell and use explicit language which is another factor in making the kids’ time less enjoyable. When I was that age, I played for the Tustin Cobras. I did see the intensity in which the coaches coached their players. It was still fun but if it was anymore intense, it would have started to become more of a bad time. The year I played, we were 10-0 and accomplished this without the silly bribes to physically hurt our opponents. It is sad to hear that our local coaches have gone to this extreme and care this much about winning, that they are willing to put the safety of the children in jeopardy. These coaches who believe that acting this way need to be stopped and reinforced with the real reason they are coaching. The coaches should not only teach these boys how to become better football players but more importantly show them how to become good, young men.


4 Responses to “Mad Coaches Disease? by Alex Boland”

  1. Chris Price December 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    This is totally unreal. I did not hear about this at all. It’s not right in the NFL with what happened to the New Orleans Saints, but it is definitely a whole other level with such young players. To me, this should probably constitute jail time. What a shame!

  2. Mike Ribaudo December 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    This is a horrible outcome, i agree. Its disgusting that coaches would rather win and injure kids than just let the kida have their own fun.

  3. Cole Othmer December 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Tustin Cobras is a respected youth football program and it is a shame that the coaches would do something like this. Its wrong to pay kids to hurt kids on the other team and the coaches should not be able to continue coaching.

  4. Devlin Boland December 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    This is unbelievable what went on in such a young youth sport. It is wrong on any level to pay to injure other players but it especially horrible that it was such young players.These coaches need to take a step back and remember that football is a game for fun not doing illegal things to win.Unbelievable!

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