Posted: 2:34 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
By Rick Couri
The rule says any team winning a game by 35 points or more will be fined $200.00 and their coaches suspended for two weeks.
Parents and players are upset but the league brass claims its best for everyone.
“It’s not hurting the kids, it's teaching them compassion for the other team,” Robert Hochin commented.
Rochin is the deputy commissioner for The Northern California Federation Youth Football League.
“It’s teaching them sportsmanship," he continued.
The league hosts players in the 7 to 13 year old age groups and says there were so many blowouts last year the games weren’t fun.
“We were losing players because of it” Houchin said.
But players like kicker James McHugh told KCRA-TV the new rules hurt his game just as much.
“I can’t kick field goals or practice my field goals,” he said.
Kelly McHugh is James’ Mother, she says the players on his team are worried.
“Now they are afraid their coaches are going to get suspended and they are not going to have a coach to come out here and play football,” she noted.
Other parents and those who know the game are concerned about players getting hurt because they are trying to hold back.