A youth football coach could be facing a possible suspension and a $500 fine because his team scored too many points in a game. According to the Keystone Sports League rules, no team can go up by more than 30 points. That’s what landed Kyle Williams — the brother-in-law of former NFL and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith — in hot water.
Kyle Williams told NBC10 he knew he was dangerously close to breaking the rules Saturday morning when his youth football team, the Conshohocken Golden Bears, went up 30 to 0. The rules of the Keystone Sports League, which features kids no older than 7 years of age, prevent a team from going up by more than 30 points.
“Less than two minutes left I called a timeout because I wanted to pull the starters off the field,” Williams said. “I put kids in there who normally never played.”
When one of the second stringers, a 5-year-old boy, got the ball he ran toward the end zone as Williams ran along the sideline and repeatedly yelled for him to fall down. The boy still scored however, putting the team up 36 to 0.
Now Williams is facing a possible $500 fine and a 2-game suspension.
“I have three sons,” Williams said. “I’m not gonna tell my son, especially if he’s running the ball, ‘Don’t go out there and give it your all.’”
Two-time Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted his frustrations Saturday:
“Today’s story of ‘We are building weak children,” Smith wrote. “The youth football team in my wife’s hometown had a game today, they won 36-0. They don’t allow you to win by 31 without some type of punishment. The head coach is now suspended for 2 games and fined $500. ARE YOU KIDING [sic] ME?”
He then added: “@YouthKeystone is trippin!
“1. Kids need to learn how to deal with failure. Don’t want to get smashed? Play better.
“2. Life doesn’t let up. When it rains it pours.
“3. The other kids can’t give their all because there is a rule. ‘Work hard but not too hard’ that’s stupid.
“4. It’s hard to find youth coaches as is but you consider fining a coach $500 an appropriate punishment?
“5. If you truly want to have a slaughter rule simply stop the game. How do you coach or play knowing that you can’t score? That’s just stupid.”