Southampton Co., Va. - After weeks of practicing and one official game, nine 14-year-old's will not get to play football this season.
The boys played for the Cover 3 Youth Football and Cheer League, which is run by the the Cover 3 Youth Foundation in Franklin.
CEO and founder of Cover 3, Greg Scott, says the league went up to age 14 in 2013, but this year, there were not enough players for the teen league. His Board of Directors decided to combine ages 10 through 14 with a rule that the 14-year-old's could not run with the football. However, after watching the Holland Razorbacks in the first game, a team that has seven of the league's nine 14-year-old's, his Board of Directors voted to make the league ages 13 and under only.
"They're so much bigger and stronger and are at the point where they are ready for JV football but are still playing little league," says Scott. "They physically dominated that team."
Coach of the Razorbacks, Marcus Evans, says he is not upset with the reasoning, but the timing of the decision.
"Now they can't play football at all period, because it's too late to play JV football and my kids that are homeschooled can't even get into another recreation league now," he says. "It's just not fair especially when they don't have the chance to play with anyone else."
Scott says they are refunding the parents of the 14-year-old's the full cost of joining the league.