Texas youth football team, the Rebels, made up of 7 and 8-year-olds are booted from league
A Texas youth football team has been booted from their league in the middle of the playoffs season for ‘being too good’.
The Flower Mound Rebels, a team of seven and eight-year-olds, won seven games during their season with a combined score of 199-6.
The Rebels asked the Keller Youth Association to join its leage after the pandemic made it difficult to field a team.
But, they were deemed too good to play by the association and were ultimately kicked out of the upcoming playoffs because they were as good as a select level team instead of a peewee team – despite many of the players never having played before.
‘This is the Keller league, not the Flower Mound league,’ Rhett Taylor, the vice president of the association, told KXAS-TV.
‘In my mind, they’ve dominated our league. My team got one first down all game. And my team is good.
The Flower Mound Rebels, a Texas youth football team, were booted out of their league in the middle of playoffs season for ‘being too good’
The team of 7 and 8-year-olds had won seven games with a combined score of 199-6
Ragan Montero, the Rebels coach, was angered over the decision as she felt it was to benefit Taylor.
‘He’s a sore loser. That’s all it comes down to,’ Montero told the network. ‘He’s changing the rules so it benefits him.’
Taylor, a father and coach, credited the team’s dominance after his team lost to the Rebels 33-0.
‘They are too good. I fully admit it, absolutely. They are a select-level team. They are too good for a rec-level team.’
The team’s 8-year-old center Greyson Tanner, who is new to football, said he felt the team deserved to be in the playoffs and finish their season
Rhett Taylor, the vice president of the Keller Youth Association, had voted to boot the team from the league as he felt it was unfair
Montero, however, is not flattered by the opposing coach’s ‘praise’ and said that less than half of the kids on her team have played football before this year’s season.
‘I don’t think we can be too good. He wants to play with us, but he doesn’t want us to be good,’ he told KXAS-TV.
‘I’m not really sure what that teaches the kids. Hey, try your hardest, but sorry, you won’t get the end result you want?’
The players on the Rebels also expressed their disappointment after working hard all season.
‘I was just very sad,’ Greyson Tanner, the team’s eight-year-old center said in an interview. ‘I feel like we deserve to play in the playoffs.’
‘I want for us to actually just finish our games. That’s truly all I want. I’m new to tackle football and the shotgun,’ he added.
Keller Youth Associated president Calvin Washington released a lengthy statement Saturday on the issue.
‘Keller Youth Association prides itself in being an all-inclusive program that allows the youth from Keller and surrounding cities to participate in sports,’ the statement read.
‘While we offer ‘Select & Elite’ teams for baseball and softball, we have always maintained that our football leagues are ‘recreational level’ only.
We made the decision in Fall 2020 to allow a handful of other cities to bring teams to KYA Football to help curb the low registration numbers due to COVID-19.
‘Guidelines were laid out to keep the playing field competitive for these teams and because KYA conducts grass drills and follows a draft process, we asked that outside teams follow the same rules.
‘As the following seasons progressed and our numbers increased, KYA instructed Flower Mound to bring two teams per division so they could conduct a true draft process for each.
‘However, they were adamant in only bringing one team for the 7/8U bantam division that has garnered the recent negative attention in the media.
‘Prior to the Fall 2021 season, the Flower Mound leadership was told that if they brought only one team, and that team was grossly unbalanced compared to the other recreational teams, they would not be allowed to participate in the postseason.
‘Once the Fall 2021 season started, KYA quickly realized the level of talent the Flower Mound team brought far exceeded the level of talent that a team conducting a draft process could have.
‘Multiple conversations were had with the Flower Mound staff regarding the level of talent their team possessed, supported by that they outscored their opponents 199-6 during the regular season.
‘KYA allowed Flower Mound to finish out their regular season games, as well as offered to schedule an end of the season game with another local team that is selected and not drafted, so the Flower Mound team could have a championship style game.
‘Flower Mound elected to forfeit the remaining regular season game and declined the offer to play in this exhibition championship game.
‘In the end, the decision was made to maintain the integrity of our recreational league and provide playoffs for only the teams who followed the guidelines set forth in the preseason.’