New TV Show Depicts the Ugly Side of Youth Football

Two coaches on "Friday Night Tykes" are suspended after yelling and teaching dangerous moves.
3:00 | 02/05/14

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And next, here, tonight, two coaches have been suspended after video showed them teaching little kids how to play the game in a way that is even too rough for the pros. It's part of "Friday night tykes." And the players are as young as 8 years old. Here's ABC's David Wright. Reporter: It's called "Friday night tykes." I don't care how much pain you're in. You don't quit. Reporter: A peewee football reality show, that's as rough as the game can be. One coach using locker room language to push his 8-year-old players. Another pushing the players to do things even the NFL doesn't allow. If that kid comes across, I want you to put it in his helmet. You understand? I don't care if he don't get up. Let's go. Reporter: Aggressive coaches are controversial, even when the players are adults. Abusive behavior cost a Rutgers' basketball coach his job. Encouraging brutal hits led to the suspension of one of the coaches of the New Orleans saints. Those are grown-ups. Here, the players are third graders. It feels like you're watching child abuse. Sanctioned child abuse. There's no evidence to suggest that this kind of coaching is effective in building athletes over the long term. Reporter: The two coaches, now benched, admit they were over the line. I'm definitely apologetic for that. It was a bonehead moment and a bad decision on my part. Looking back and what had happened and what was recorded was not good. You don't realize what you say sometimes in the heat of the passion. Reporter: Some of the parents actually defend the coaches, calling their methods tough love. Sometimes the coaches can be rough. And they're trying to bring out the best in the kids. They see the potential. They know it's there. Reporter: Plenty of others are crying foul. David Wright, ABC news, New York.

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