Posted: Oct 11, 2012 2:02 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Oct 11, 2012 8:46 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Football is certainly a competitive sport, even for youth leagues. One parent caught some unsportsmanlike behavior on camera last weekend and wants the coach to apologize.
It was during a game where the Flour Bluff Hornets faced off against the Sinton Pirates, but the team is a little younger than you may be picturing. They were 7 and 8 year olds playing a hard hitting, highly competitive sport.
"Come on defense push them back," one spectator cheered on the video captured by a parent. Moments later, that same video would capture something that made one grandparent upset.
"You could see him in the huddle, he looked out of the huddle at the coach and the coach tells him: 'hit him in the mouth!'" she said.
In the video you hear a spectator respond immediately to that coach's directions. "What?" someone yells out on the video.
That's what we wondered, so we took it to the South Texas Youth Football League's Communications Manager, Evette Martinez. "We have a zero tolerance for this type of behavior, period," she said, "and it gets handled so that our kids come play in a fun, safe environment."
She didn't name the coach, but said they are already handling the coach in question. They even called him this morning after our call to the league.
Martinez says its bad enough when parents on the sidelines act badly, but for a coach, its even worse.
"They want to do what the coach says so they get the pats on the back and the 'atta boy's and that type thing," the grandma said.
Martinez agrees. "Especially it coming from a coach who is supposed to be the role model for children on that field," she said.
The STYFL started in 2008 and has grown to about 76 teams across the Coastal Bend.
On any given weekend, they have about 32 games going on and league leaders say there is usually one or two board members at each event, so that parents can report any unsportsmanlike behavior.
Those board members can take action immediately.
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