Urging more leaniant penalties for players defending themselves when attacked
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While in the heat of a game Player A decides to take their anger and frustration out on Player B when he/she is playing by the rules and physically assaults Player B.
Both players are then, based on the current league rules, forced to sit out two games.
Regardless if Player B is in the regular season or off-season, whether Player B defends himself/herself when physically attacked only one of two penalties need be enforced:
1. Player B sits out for three plays during the game (cool down period)
2. Player B sits out for one entire quarter. (Upon officials decision of the severity of the incident). If the incident occurs at the end of the game, Player B would sit out the first quarter of the next game.
This petition was created in regards to an incident which happened to a female youth football player in the FCYFL on 10/29/2017. The female football player, on offense, pushed her opponent (male)10+ yards into the end-zone to create a pathway for her runner to run through. She pushed the male player down (within the rules of the game), her opponent then initiated an attack by pulling her hair, dragging her to the ground by her hair, and began to swing down at his opponent (video evidence). The female player defended herself, however, both players were ejected from the game with no option to return to the field for the remainder of the game (incident occurred in the 1st qtr of the game). The male and his team's season ended in a loss that day of 40-0 as the female's playoff bound team rallied around their fallen "sister" and won the game for her. Per FCYFL league regulations, both the female and male were at fault and both are facing two consecutive two game suspensions on top of the already missing time from the game they were ejected from. The female is going to the playoffs and championship facing being unable to play with her team this season as per the leagues "ejection=immediate suspension" rules and the male aggressor is facing both of his suspensions to occur next season (as again, his and his team's season is over). IF, that is, he decides to play next football season he will miss the first two games in the regular season. This punishment does not fit the crime and both players should not receive the same treatment. Both players, per FCYFL guidelines are not facing the same punishment as one is facing a two game suspension going into the playoffs and the other MAY receive a punishment if he chooses to play next season.
This cannot be allowed and we MUST sign this petition for the sake of our kids. Our kids cannot be punished for defending themselves so much so that they miss out on a great opportunity. We cannot allow this injustice to continue. Are we not supposed to teach our children to defend themselves? Are we subjected as parents to sit back and watch as our children are treated unfairly?
We are building leaders of tomorrow so let's come together and be an example!
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