Texas youth football team knocked out of league over dominance: “Too good for a rec-level team”
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A Texas youth football team was kicked out of the league in the middle of the playoffs for “being too good.”
The Flower Mound Rebels are a 7 and 8 year old team who joined the Keller Youth Association last year after the coronavirus pandemic made it difficult to build a team. This year, the Rebels dominated their opponents and won their seven games by a combined score of 199-6.
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Rhett Taylor, vice president of the Keller Youth Association, was among the board members who decided to kick the Rebels out of the playoffs. Taylor, who was the coach of a team that lost 33-0 to Flower Mound during the season, made it clear that the team was way too good.
“It’s the Keller League, not the Flower Mound League. In my mind, they dominated our league,” Taylor told KXAS-TV on Thursday. “My team got a first try the whole game. And my team is good.”
Taylor added, “They’re too good. I fully admit, absolutely. They’re a tight level team. They’re too good for a rec level team.”
Flower Mound head coach Ragan Montero said only seven of his team’s 17 players had played football before. He called Taylor a “sore loser”.
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“I don’t think we can be too good. He wants to play with us, but he doesn’t want us to be good. I’m not really sure what that teaches the kids. Hey, do your best, but sorry, you will not get the desired end result? ” he added.
Taylor said it was a matter of fairness.
Keller Youth Associated president Calvin Washington released a lengthy statement on the issue on Saturday.
“Keller Youth Association is proud to be an all-inclusive program that allows young people in Keller and surrounding towns to participate in sports. Although we offer ‘Select & Elite’ teams for baseball and softball, we still have 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 reduce the low number of registrations in reason for COVID-19, “the statement read.
“Guidelines have been established to keep the playing field competitive for these teams and because KYA runs turf drills and follows a selection process, we have asked that the outside teams follow the same rules. As the following seasons progressed and our numbers grew, KYA asked Flower Mound to bring two teams per division so they could lead a real draft process for each, however, they were adamant in bringing only one team. ‘a single team for the bantam 7 / 8U division which recently received negative media attention.
“Ahead of the fall season 2021, Flower Mound executives were told that if they brought only one team and that team was grossly out of balance with other recreational teams, they would not be allowed to participate. With the fall of 2021 starting the season, KYA quickly realized that the level of talent brought by the Flower Mound team far exceeded the level of talent that a team leading a The draft could have by this they outscored their opponents 199-6 during the regular season.
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“KYA allowed Flower Mound to finish their regular season games and offered to schedule an end-of-season game with another home team selected and not drafted, so Flower Mound’s team could have a championship style game. .
Flower Mound chose to forgo the remaining regular season game and declined the offer to play in this exhibition championship game. Ultimately, the decision was made to maintain the integrity of our recreational league and to offer playoffs only to teams that followed the guidelines put in place in the preseason. “
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