Lafayette

Sep 20, 2011 12:26 AM by Jim Hummel

Jamboree Hit: False Start or Unsportsmanlike Conduct?

A play at a youth football jamboree in Lafayette over the weekend has some parents calling foul after a 10 year old boy was sent to the hospital with internal injuries.

"It was very dirty, that's typical dirty play," said Rebecca Castro, whose 10 year old son plays for the Broussard Youngsville Youth Association (BYYA) football team.

In video recorded by the BYYA team, several players on the Carencro Area of Youth Sports, Inc. (CAYSI) team, can be seen charging at players on the BYYA team, apparently before the play was set.

"That's typical Carencro, CAYSI playing, that's how they play," said Stephanie Roberts, whose husband coaches the BYYA team.

Roberts, Castro and other BYYA parents allege that CAYSI coach Ryan Leger had something to do with the hit. As of Monday evening, more than 25 complaints have been filed with the Department of Parks and Recreation concerning that play and Coach Leger.

"There were some allegations made that the coaches instructed the kids to intentionally hurt players on the opposite team," said Gerald Boudreaux, director of parks and recreation.

While coaching football in Carencro Monday night, Leger called the allegations against him "ridiculous."

"I have never told a kid or kids to ever intentionally hurt another kid on any opposing team," he said.

Leger says he feels sorry for the 10 year old boy who was injured, but says what happened was an accident.

"It's football and this is an unfortunate situation that it has to come down to this," said Leger.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is interviewing players, coaches and referees concerning the incident and will meet to discuss any potential disciplinary action Tuesday morning.

Jim Hummel

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