This episode was free online through the Esquire Network so I watched it on Friday. The episode is supposed to be played today, Tuesday, with another new episode to follow. First my motive for wanting to watch this show, I basically like to watch reality shows with conflict. What has more conflict than sports mixed with coaches yelling at their players? The same scenario with children ages 8 and 9 being involved. It definitely feels like the show will be the male version of Dance Moms, but who knows until more episodes are available. From the first episode, I am inclined to watch more not sure how though. Being cableless and the fact that I never heard of this channel until last week may making it difficult to find online.
This show focuses on a San Antonio (Texas) football league that apparently is one of the best ranked in the state. It follows 5 teams in practices and games. You can see the differences in coaching style just by looking at their practices. I don’t know why I’m surprised that there are people that lie about the age of their kids. I wish I could see a parent tell their kid I know you are 10 but we are going to pretend today that you are 8. How silly.
Let me take you through the teams and some of the highlights of Episode 1:
Colts: Marecus Goodloe – Head Coach

  • Player Featured: Jaden “J Boogie” Armmer, Gloria (mother), Kinton (father)

Jaden was recruited into the sport because of his size at a birthday party when he was 3 yr old. As someone who doesn’t like kids I was really impressed with this kid’s ability to make an egg sandwich in a skillet with little help. I know don’t know if that is typical of that age.
The coach said family, school, and church come before football. But Jaden is made to run all practice because he was out of town visiting his grandmother for a few weeks. He missed 4 weeks of practice. Coach Goodloe also said that the team should be considered family as well. At the end of practice he was crying on the ride home.
Outlaws: Fred Davis – Head Coach, Tony Coley – Assistant Coach, Eric Nolden – Assistant Coach
Very little of the Outlaws was shown. One of the coaches said they run plays like the pros or college and they promote an aggressive style and trash talking. This, they feel, have given them a bad reputation.
JR Rockets: Keith Dyson – President, Isaac Quintero – Head Coach
The president said this was a rebuilding year because they were charged with illegally recruiting players last year (whatever that means). He just says that is in the past so I’m assuming they were guilty of it. The team spent $16,000 on new equipment as a way to start fresh. They took the kids to the local HS game to show them that could be them and it seems their uniforms are the same as the HS. Already starting recruitment for what is 5-6 years away.
Predators: Brian Brashears – Head Coach, Kevin “KK” (player/son)
This team has a family day where they have food and flag football. He said they are trying to build kid and parent support for the team. Oops the first kid down from knocking helmets (it seemed). Coach Brashears seems genuinely worried about the kid and said he thinks about that getting hurt could happen to his kid.
JR Broncos: Charles Chavarria – HC (marines background)

  • Lisa Connell – General Manager “Momager”, Colby (player/son)

Coach Chavarria is probably my favorite so far. He wants to toughen up the kids and teach them not to quit. At one point Colby is throwing up after running some drills. I didn’t like seeing that while I’m trying to eat my dinner.
Game 1: JR Broncos vs Predators
I can’t believe that they are even on the radio with an announcer calling the games. People actually listen to kids play football on the radio? They even have the cheerleaders there. Charles is already mad before the game starts. He thinks people are too happy and need to be mad to play football. That is amazing. He also told one of his kid to hit someone before the play started to “set the tone”. And he said to the kid I want you to hit him hard too. We don’t care if there is a penalty. He also tried to coach the kid to look sorry after he did it. That’s real coaching there. I just laughed at the thought of that happening with the kids even younger than that. It was a 5 yard penalty. The Predators won 6 to 0 and the JR Bronos’s coach is crying and talking about the sacrifices that he makes in life to do what he does.