Coach Suspends Entire Football Team

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Coach Suspends Entire Football Team
Wed, 09-25-2013 - 6:28pm

Granted, it was just for a day, but hopefully makes an impression on the team members: 

Amid reports of cyberbullying and other off-the-field problems plaguing his team, Labrum suspended his entire football team—80 players in total—after a loss last Friday to Judge Memorial Catholic High School.

According to Amy Donaldson of the Deseret News, Labrum and his entire coaching staff sat the team down and instructed them to turn in their equipment, including uniforms. He then made it clear the team would not be allowed back on the field until they proved themselves—not as players, but as human beings:

“We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men going,” said Labrum, an alumnus of the program he’s coached for the past two years. “We felt like we needed to make a stand.” [...]

“We looked at it as a chance to say, ‘Hey, we need to focus on some other things that are more important than winning a football game,” Labrum said. “We got an emotional response from the boys. I think it really meant something to them, which was nice to see that it does mean something. There was none of them that fought us on it.”

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When the team was reformed, they voted in new captains and performed community service.

Do you think this was an effective tactic?

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 09-26-2013 - 11:24am

I'm not sure suspending the entire team was appropriate but I think the coach should be given credit for trying a new approach. There seems to be a lot of bad stories circulating lately of ball players involved in bullying, sexual assaults, and other mischief and it is great to hear that a coach is trying to do something about it rather than trying to cover it up or ignoring it.

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Thu, 09-26-2013 - 12:55pm

Might have been a bolder statement if the coach did it after a win, rather than a loss.  And I agree that it also would have had a greater impact if the coach singled out the actual offenders, rather than the entire team.

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Registered: 04-18-2012
Thu, 09-26-2013 - 2:33pm
I agree that it would have been more effective after a win, but I love the tactic regardless. I think kids need leadership in their lives that will stand up and teach them right from wrong- and hold them accountable for their behavior. It seems to me that so many kids get away with things these days and even have parents that defend their poor judgments. Hopefully these kids learned a lesson- and learned what it means to be a part of a team all at the same time (you are only as strong as your weakest link!).