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Colby Connell needed to puke.
It was hot out, the sweat soaking through his uniform, and Colby was fighting back tears. Coaches tried to talk him through it, but there was no fighting it. He yanked out his mouth guard and vomited on the sideline.
Colby’s team had just finished their first hitting drills of the season. It was 99 degrees under the hot Texas sun. His coach was unsympathetic.
“Blow chunks,” the coach said. “Blow chunks and then we’re going to go.”
The young football player nodded and tried to stand upright as the vomit continued to fly out. The coaches continued to yell.
Colby is one of the children being followed on the new docu-series “Friday Night Tykes,” which highlights different stories from the Texas Youth Football League.
Colby Connell is 8-years-old.
I understand the supporters, if any. I played competitive youth Ice Hockey at the National level and knew what it meant to be competitive. I know what it means to drive and grind at a sport, especially with contact involved. As young athletes we were tough and hard, and ruthless on the ice. Just like these kids. I just think what goes on in practice on and off the field, and along with the parents hostility, this is possible abuse to the children. Just a thought.
It is the parents...and I feel sorry for the kids! Most will end up hating an activity they might have really liked and been great at!
Same as the parents who push kids in academics or music too. It gets ugly, fast.