I think ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said it best:
The only reason I would encourage anyone to watch this show is because it brings the most urgent issues in youth sports to the forefront. “Friday Night Tykes” has it all — overzealous parents, untrained coaches and a culture more focused on winning a faux gold trophy than the well-being and healthy development of the kids.
Here’s a clip from the most recent episode. A kid had just taken a hard hit to the head (email subscribers click here to view media).
The language being used in the presence of 8-and 9-year-old kids is bad enough without the adults threatening one another, the coach of the injured player telling everyone it was a good hit and the inability of the officials to control either sideline.
Different teams are profiled in the rotating cast, but the results are almost always the same. There are too many adults coaching kids who have no business coaching kids. There are too many parents willing to offer their kids and money to people who have no idea what they are doing.
Some people will dismiss the show as the happenings in a football-crazed Texas youth sports culture. Texas is still in the United States. The kids on “Friday Night Tykes” have the same soft bones and developing brains our kids have. And if you don’t think this type of coaching is going on in a league near you, then you are sadly mistaken.
Changes have to be made. Changes can be made. Join the St. Louis Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Foundation as we host the 5th Annual St. Louis Youth Sports Summit on Saturday, February 15 beginning at 9 a.m. at Rams Park in Earth City, Mo.
St. Louis Rams legend Isaac Bruce is the featured speaker. We will also have an array of guests who will help parents guide their children toward a positive youth sports experience. Admission is free for all coaches and parents. Just click this link to register.
Join us and let’s put the FUN back in fundamentals.