Recently the Texas High School Coaches Association has been asked to comment on the new reality show “Friday Night Tykes”.

“The language and coaching tactics on Esquire Network’s “Friday Night Tykes” are in sharp contradiction to the Texas High School Coaches Association’s core beliefs”, says Executive Director D. W. Rutledge. “It also contradicts what is taking place on the majority of youth football fields across the state. We are disappointed that the Texas Youth Football Association President Brian Morgan suggests that this style of coaching in our youth leagues is acceptable in Texas. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Football and Youth sports in general, provide meaningful learning opportunities and it is vitally important that the right individuals have the training necessary to teach our children these lessons.

There is a great program provided by “USA Football” that establishes standards in our game at grassroots levels through their “Heads Up Football Program”. “Heads Up Football” has earned the endorsement and support of experts in medicine, child advocacy and football leaders on multiple levels of the sport. USA Football will work with youth leagues to adopt these standards that can bring significant change in how coaches are prepared, players are taught, parents are informed, and safety is addressed.