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Football is a contact sport. Always has been, always will be. But there are limits, including the age at which participants should start experiencing the full violence of the game. Youth football is way too young for that exposure.
Still, that doesn’t stop some youth football coaches from forcing their players to participate in overly physical drills. On Tuesday, a video of two young boys doing a one-on-one collision drill went viral on social media, resulting in a lot of visceral outrage.
The ball-carrier put the crown of his helmet directly into the facemask of the would-be tackler, creating a huge hit that left the defender struggling to get up. You can see the video below.
Are they too young to be doing this drill? pic.twitter.com/lA8G9U86Wx
— Young Black Jesus (@Zeekncashe) May 11, 2021
Since the video was shared, the backlash has been swift. Several prominent football players and media members have come out criticizing the coaches for allowing young boys to participate in that sort of drill.
This isn't funny at all. This culture at the youth level needs to change https://t.co/coO65QZlPY
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) May 11, 2021
This is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen in youth sports.
1-they look to be like 7-8 years old. There’s not need to be doing anything close to this
2-one if OBVIOUSLY outmatched and that’s on the coach
3-whoever put this drill together should face consequences
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) May 11, 2021
There are many people that should not be allowed to be associated with the game of football, at any level. People responsible for this are doing nothing good for the game, and especially nothing good for these children. F’ing joke.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) May 12, 2021
Words cannot begin to express my anger watching this clip…this is not football & whoever put this idiotic drill together & allowed an obvious mismatch should never be allowed near a football field or youth sports forever! This is child abuse disguised as competition https://t.co/hxFmECY2fS
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) May 12, 2021
Whoever is responsible for this 💩 should be put in jail. Immediately https://t.co/Sz7f2Ei6ej
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) May 12, 2021
If you truly loved football, let alone these BOYS, you would never allow this to happen.
These coaches should be fired yesterday. https://t.co/rs65RBvngt
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) May 12, 2021
Dummies gone Dumb (Coaches) https://t.co/ocjbOrpmyP
— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) May 12, 2021
Idk what organization or program this is but they all should be banned until they get proper coaching. Ridiculous https://t.co/TKeCGDkBOv
— Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman) May 12, 2021
Every coach associated with this – or who conducts drills like this – should be banned from coaching youth football. Despicable. https://t.co/LaTCtO5MYr
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) May 12, 2021
This is awful. Who are these coaches ? Get rid of them! https://t.co/QueCdFQRjj
— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) May 12, 2021
Makes me sad watching this. If you truly love the game, this crap should anger you as well. Youth football coaching is about protecting the kids, coaching proper technique and having fun. None of that is in this drill. Protect the future of the game! https://t.co/rKcltlzyPY
— Chad Brown (@chadbrown94) May 12, 2021
Anyone who's teaching kids—especially kids that age—to lead with their heads when they hit should not be coaching football. https://t.co/4B046hTvjv
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 11, 2021
I can remember doing a few of these drills back in high school — and some even in middle school. Still, things were way different back then. That was almost 20 years ago, and I wasn’t as young as these boys. What are your thoughts?
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.