A Philadelphia youth football coach faces a $500 fine and a two-game suspension after his team won a game 36-0.
Philadelphia’s NBC10 reports:
Kyle Williams told NBC10 he knew he was dangerously close to breaking the rules Saturday morning when his youth football team, the Conshohocken Golden Bears, went up 30 to 0. The rules of the Keystone Sports League, which features kids no older than 7 years of age, prevent a team from going up by more than 30 points.
“Less than two minutes left I called a timeout because I wanted to pull the starters off the field,” Williams said. “I put kids in there who normally never played.”
When one of the second stringers, a 5-year-old boy, got the ball he ran toward the end zone as Williams ran along the sideline and repeatedly yelled for him to fall down. The boy still scored however, putting the team up 36 to 0.
Williams faces a league hearing this week and may be punished for not teaching kids to be whiny quitters.
“I have three sons,” Williams tells NBC10. “I’m not gonna tell my son, especially if he’s running the ball, ‘Don’t go out there and give it your all.'”
The incident drew national attention when it was posted to Twitter by his brother-in-law, former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Torrey Smith.
Today’s story of “We are building weak children”— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) October 12, 2019
The youth football team in my wife’s hometown had a game today, they won 36-0. They don’t allow you to win by 31 without some type of punishment. The head coach is now suspended for 2 games and fined $500. ARE YOU KIDING ME?
@YouthKeystone is trippin!— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) October 12, 2019
1. Kids need to learn how to deal with failure. Don’t want to get smashed? Play better.
2. Life doesn’t let up. When it rains it pours.
3. The other kids can’t give their all because there is a rule. “Work hard but not too hard” that’s stupid.