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Too big for football

There is a boy in the Dallas area that has been told that he isn't allowed to play in a PeeWee football league because he is over the weight limit. The weight limit is 135 lbs and he is 297 lbs. The mother is throwing a fit even though the weight limit is clearly stated in the rules. Does she have a leg to stand on?

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OT - Gloria, did you notice you almost have your crowns?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

OT - Gloria, did you notice you almost have your crowns?

Not really don't pay too much attention. What is it 5000 or something?

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Yes, 5,000.

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Rules are rules. This kid's out of luck, I think. He'd end up breaking some other kid's neck, or causing injury in some way. No way no how I would have my 135 pound son on the field with a kid weighing twice as much. I don't care if the mother is raising he!!. If he played the other parents would have every right to raise he!! of their own.

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I wonder if there is an older team he could play on. Why on earth is she starting him in football at 12? That doesn't make a lick of sense; if he'd been playing the whole time he was growing up they might be more inclined to bend the rules since he would have already have learned how to not hurt the other kids. You can't throw him in when he is twice the size and expect kids to not get hurt. Ridiculous woman.

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I wonder if there is an older team he could play on. Why on earth is she starting him in football at 12? That doesn't make a lick of sense; if he'd been playing the whole time he was growing up they might be more inclined to bend the rules since he would have already have learned how to not hurt the other kids. You can't throw him in when he is twice the size and expect kids to not get hurt. Ridiculous woman.

He can play on a 7th grade middle school team, but she claims that he doesn't want to because those players are more experienced and he wants to play with his friends. The weight limit is 135 but some of the kids he would be playing with are like 80/90 lbs. I know because my son played PeeWee football when he was in 6th grade and he was just 75 lbs. So he could be playing with kids only 1/3 his size or less. Those weight limits are there for a reason. PeeWee teams are volunteer leagues and they aren't equipped to handle this big of a kid. The coaches and all the officials are volunteer, pretty much the only people that get paid are the referees. I think she is making a huge stink over nothing when she and the coach whose team he was on had to have known he wasn't eligible. I heard the President of the League talking on the radio and he said that he spent 2 hours talking to her and trying to explain the safety reasons he couldn't play and she just wouldn't listen. He said imagine how this 12 year old boy would feel if he ended up accidentally hurting someone and sending them to the hospital.

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I agree with everyone else. He's just too big to play on that team. Aren't there weight limits for other sports also? Boxing and wrestling come to mind.

Now, if he wanted to be the place kicker, my opinion would probably be different.

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While I applaud the desire to get involved in sports, he's just too big for it to be safe. He's big, even for an adult team...

A non-contact sport like baseball or soccer would be fine.

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I would NOT be Ok with my kid playing twice his size even for baseball. Imagine being the catcher when this kid tries to slide home. Or guarding him from getting a soccer ball. Maybe he should try tennis or track.

Gloria, I meant putting him with the older kids in the recreational division.

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"wlillie" wrote:

I would NOT be Ok with my kid playing twice his size even for baseball. Imagine being the catcher when this kid tries to slide home. Or guarding him from getting a soccer ball. Maybe he should try tennis or track.

Gloria, I meant putting him with the older kids in the recreational division.

PeeWee teams typically don't go past 6/7th grade because that is when they can start playing on middle school teams. There is just a small overlap where they can play for either. Typically the smaller kids play on the PeeWee teams instead because they might actually get a chance to play since most of them wouldn't get off the bench in a middle school team. My boys were small for their age and there is no way they would have gotten to play on a school team.

MPWFA stands for Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association. We are located and play all of our games in Mesquite, TX. The MPWFA is one of the oldest and largest pee wee football and drill team organizations in the world. We are made up of 15 different organizations. Each organization within the MPWFA is made up of four football teams ranging in ages from 4 to 12 years old, and four drill teams with ages ranging from 4 to 13 years old.

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Maybe this mom should spend her energy getting her child to loose weight instead of trying to get him a spot on the team. I dont think 300 lbs is a healthy weight for anyone.

We had a child at my school last year that missed the weight cut off for football by about 15lbs. He started working out really hard and got down to the right weight, he says now he feels so much better.

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I think size matters because the other players are so much smaller. I would think the impact of a tackle would be quite a lot for the other smaller bodies. And beside this, why isn't anyone doing any intervention on this kids' weight?? His BMI is between 40-50?