Morgan County Football League Meeting

Morgan County Football League Meeting

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easterling06

Harvest, AL

#1 Dec 5, 2008
Due to a unanimous vote Wednesday, December 3rd, Hartselle youth football will no longer be able to compete in the Morgan County football leage.
Danville (represented by Jimmy George), Falkville (represented by Jackson Sterling), West Morgan (represented by Tony Hale), and Priceville (represented by Tojo Powers) all voted in favor of kicking Hartselle out of the league.
Brewer (represented by Steven Brown) was the only vote in favor of keeping us in the league.
In summary, the leagues that voted in favor of kicking us out did so due to their perceived inability to compete with our football teams. Some even went as far as to state that they had kids that did not play football last year because they were afraid of playing against Hartselle (this is, of course, absolutely ridiculous).
With that being said, I think that this ruling is insane. I think that if you don't want your child to have competition in the sport and you are afraid of your child being hurt, than let your child play water polo or something.
I think that this decision should be further evaluated by state officials and will see that it comes to that. I don't think that our kids in Hartselle should be punished for being champs, I think that the coaches should be re evaluated in the other cities. Obviously the Hartselle coaching staff has done a better job preparing there kids and have been more organized than there opponents.
My son is 9 years old and will play for no other Morgan County team than Hartselle. I just think that it sucks that now I have to drive my child to Madison county for him to enjoy one of the sports that he loves to play. All I can say is that I'm sure this will be fuel for the fire for out children come time for them to play Middle school and high school ball. Can't wait to see you guys then. Go Tigers
David Bolan

Falls Church, VA

#2 Jan 16, 2009
easterling06 wrote:
Due to a unanimous vote Wednesday, December 3rd, Hartselle youth football will no longer be able to compete in the Morgan County football leage.
Danville (represented by Jimmy George), Falkville (represented by Jackson Sterling), West Morgan (represented by Tony Hale), and Priceville (represented by Tojo Powers) all voted in favor of kicking Hartselle out of the league.
Brewer (represented by Steven Brown) was the only vote in favor of keeping us in the league.
In summary, the leagues that voted in favor of kicking us out did so due to their perceived inability to compete with our football teams. Some even went as far as to state that they had kids that did not play football last year because they were afraid of playing against Hartselle (this is, of course, absolutely ridiculous).
With that being said, I think that this ruling is insane. I think that if you don't want your child to have competition in the sport and you are afraid of your child being hurt, than let your child play water polo or something.
I think that this decision should be further evaluated by state officials and will see that it comes to that. I don't think that our kids in Hartselle should be punished for being champs, I think that the coaches should be re evaluated in the other cities. Obviously the Hartselle coaching staff has done a better job preparing there kids and have been more organized than there opponents.
My son is 9 years old and will play for no other Morgan County team than Hartselle. I just think that it sucks that now I have to drive my child to Madison county for him to enjoy one of the sports that he loves to play. All I can say is that I'm sure this will be fuel for the fire for out children come time for them to play Middle school and high school ball. Can't wait to see you guys then. Go Tigers
I could not agree more. This is a prime example of poor sportsmanship. Teams other than Hartselle have won the championship in this league.
David Bolan

Falls Church, VA

#3 Jan 16, 2009
Again, I cannot begin to explain how much this exclaims poor sportsmanship. I think it is pitiful a sophmoric of these adults to conduct themselves in this manner.

Honestly, I look forward to having my son participaet in a "better" league in which the competition is even more of a challenge. It will only make Hartselle athletes better and more competitive.

Imagine if this took place in the NCAA or in the NFL!! Those teams would be literal laughing stocks. If the shoe fits.....
TJ McGee

Bay Minette, AL

#4 Jan 16, 2009
I coached the Priceville 9-10 year olds and we lost to Hartselle in the championship after 4 over-times and going undefeated all year. I love playing Hartselle they always have good teams and they are well coached. However, I'm sure that Hartselle wasn't voted out of the league "perceived inability to compete", you probably want to look closer in to the matter. I was told that before this last season that the Hartselle representatives didn't show up to meetings and never returned phone calls. From what I understand; Hartselle was almost not able to play this past season due to their lack of response and participation. The matter was put up to a coaches vote and the coaches didn't want the Hartselle kids to be left out since it wasn't their fault. If you don't want to drive your kids to Madison County or where ever they might have to play, you might look at the real reason that this decision was made and take action against that. I'm not claiming to know exactly what's going on, but I know my son wouldn't play for an organization that is afraid to have their kids play against good competition and for sure I wouldn't coach in one. You might want to make sure that your Hartselle Representatives were doing their job and not just on their own program because they are from Hartselle. Just because you are from Hartselle doesn't exclude you from having responsibilities and it doesn't mean that you are owed special privileges either.
Jeff Sharp

United States

#5 Jan 16, 2009
I also helped coach the 9-10 Priceville team and couldn't agree more that Hartselle Representatives need to step up. We look forward to the competition, it helps to improve the skills of the players for both sides. We were also the only team to go undefeated throughout the regular season, which consist of beating both Hartselle teams. I say this in regards to the ridiculous statement that was stated in the first post "Obviously the Hartselle coaching staff has done a better job preparing there kids and have been more organized than there opponents". I don't know the specific details of why Hartselle was voted out but you can rest assured it was not because we were scared to play.
Noah Morgan

United States

#6 Jan 16, 2009
I also helped coach the 9-10 Priceville team and really enjoyed the competion between our teams but before name calling and sarcastic remarks are made maybe you should look at YOUR football rep and ask him why HE let this happen I know that my son and my entire team would like nothing more than to play the hartselle team again. So please for the sake of the KIDS who play this game get your FACTS straight before making accusations. I hope the kids envolved in this sport have better attitudes than what i have seen in these postings that I have seen coming from Hartselle.
David Bolan

Falls Church, VA

#7 Jun 8, 2009
I was a coach on the 9-10 Football Team that beat Priceville in the 4-OT game. It was one heck of a battle!

As far as Hartselle Reps go, we changed leadership 2 years ago and since then there have been a lot of changes made that many parents were concerned about.

If any of you guys will contact me and advise on where the Hartselle Reps dropped the ball in regards to their responsibilities to the league, I would appreciate it very much. All I was told is that Hartselle was voted out because we won too many championships and if there is more to it than that, I would love to hear it in order to get the entire truth in the open.

While I do have an optimistic outlook for playing in another league, I still believe it is in the best interest of the kids from the surrounding communities of Hartselle to play against us. Regardless of what anyone says....Good competition only makes you better.

Please email me at dgbolan@hotmail.com and I will respond asap.
David Bolan

Falls Church, VA

#8 Jun 8, 2009
Noah Morgan wrote:
I also helped coach the 9-10 Priceville team and really enjoyed the competion between our teams but before name calling and sarcastic remarks are made maybe you should look at YOUR football rep and ask him why HE let this happen I know that my son and my entire team would like nothing more than to play the hartselle team again. So please for the sake of the KIDS who play this game get your FACTS straight before making accusations. I hope the kids envolved in this sport have better attitudes than what i have seen in these postings that I have seen coming from Hartselle.
Based on what I was told, that is poor sportsmanship. As far as getting the facts straight, those are the only facts I have and even though you have responded, you have no factual information to offer that supports anythign otherwise.

Like I said in the last post, if you have information that indeed casts a shadow on the way the Hartselle Reps handled League responsibilities, then please let me know and I will certainly probe into the matter.

On another note....I believe the Officiating was HORRIBLE this year and whether or not Hartselle is in the same league with all of you, I would highly suggest that a search for better officials be at the top of your list of "things to do."

Again.... dgbolan@hotmail.com

Thanks
David Bolan

Falls Church, VA

#9 Jun 9, 2009
Upon further review, it looks as if there is/was a high possibility that Hartselle WANTED out of that league in order to play stiffer competition which would better "groom" our kids for the high school team.

While I have no problem with that, it would be very much appreciated if the truth was exposed in order to stifle any and all accusations.

People just don't have the nuts anymore to stand up and tell the truth about a matter. They had rather point fingers and politicize the situation.

Pitiful people.
David Bolan

Falls Church, VA

#10 Jun 25, 2009
From what I was told by one of our league officials from Hartselle was that other teams, including Danville,West Morgan and Falkville, said they could not compete with us. Also, exclaiming that we stack our teams which is not the case!

It's okay though...As I mentioned before, this is a better opportunity for our youth because it prepares them for 6A competition down the road.

If the Priceville and West Morgan coaches keep up the good work, they will be dueling for most of the 1rst place trophies from here on out!

Good Luck!
Dick Hertz

Decatur, AL

#11 Jun 21, 2010
Hartselle had 3 teams a few years ago. They loaded up 2 teams with the best players and put the kids they perceived as "not good enough" on the 3rd team. They got what they wanted - their two teams playing for the championship.

In Hartselle football there's very little teaching of skills and sportsmanship going. Lots of ex-jocks trying to re-live their "glory days". Pity for adults to ruin it for the kids. Maybe if the adults have to drive far enough to play their attitude will change.

Suck it up and quit your whining, Hart-sillians!!!
nomorefalltravel baseball

Huntsville, AL

#12 Jul 7, 2010
So what league does Hartselle play in now. Me and several parents would love to either come to Hartselle to play or make a team of our own where there aren't such strict weight restrictions as other leagues.
Jeff Tidwell

United States

#13 Jul 16, 2010
I am a coach for Falkville's 11&12 yr old football team. This will be my third year in doing so. The first year I coached was the last year that Hartselle was in our league and we competed well with the Hartselle 11&12 squad as anyone who was there could attest to. Since that time the head coach of most every team has changed as has the way things are done. I would like nothing more than to compete with Hartselle again and so on in the future as would our kids. What people need to understand is that it was certain people and coaches that wanted Hartselle gone, not all of us. I know this 2010 season for us will be much different and I truly hope that maybe Hartselle will return to the county league because the kids were always good competition.
Hart-sillian

Tuskegee, AL

#14 Jul 20, 2010
Hartselle plays for the Tennesee Valley Youth Football League now. I am on the Board at Hartselle and I assure you the people that voted us out wanted us out. We are very happy with our new league and we have better competition to play against and it will prepare our boys and 1 girl that plays for the 5A days of High School that they will soon see. Much luck to the Morgan County League but I doubt that we will be returning in the near future. The drive is not bad. Huntsville is a great place to spend quality family time after playing great football on Saturdays! Go Tigers!!!!
Parent

Montgomery, AL

#15 Aug 19, 2010
You know as a parent that has to drive my kids to Huntsville because of the league, it is ok.. In the end when the kids want to know why we dont play county teams and have to go so far to play what do you tell them but,they dont want to play Hartselle..Only makes the kids feel better... Go TIGERS....
Parent

Montgomery, AL

#16 Aug 19, 2010
Hart-sillian wrote:
Hartselle plays for the Tennesee Valley Youth Football League now. I am on the Board at Hartselle and I assure you the people that voted us out wanted us out. We are very happy with our new league and we have better competition to play against and it will prepare our boys and 1 girl that plays for the 5A days of High School that they will soon see. Much luck to the Morgan County League but I doubt that we will be returning in the near future. The drive is not bad. Huntsville is a great place to spend quality family time after playing great football on Saturdays! Go Tigers!!!!
I AGREE
Mother from Decatur

Huntsville, AL

#17 Oct 5, 2010
I think you should all just be happy that you don't have to drive your kid 20 miles away just so he can play football because he is too big for the Decatur leagues. As far as the excuse of grooming the kids for high school ball. Please. Get over yourselves. This is a league that is supposed to be about teaching and fun. Nothing more. Put down your mighty pens and spend time teaching your kids football. This is their time to play and shine. I guarantee you that not one of those kids cares what league they play in or who said what to whom; they just want to play.
Michelle ALred

United States

#18 Aug 25, 2011
My son and 9 of his teammates from East Lawrence were voted off last night by whomever does the voting. The reason was because they HIT to hard. Not because they cheated. They fell in the age bracket and also the weight bracket. They voted to let us play in their league and we followed their rules. Not to mention Brewer quit at halftime. These boys were not even given a 2nd game. Not even a 2nd half. This is totally unfair. I thought this was football. I was always under the impression that Morgan Co. had tough teams and WERE Football, yet the boys cannot take a hit from boys that were their own size.(maybe one was a BIG BOY) This is totally unfair to these boys. They did not cheat they just play hard. SO I guess my impression of you all was wrong....you are pansies that cannot take a butt-whipping. Not only that you let your boys quit at halftime. What does that teach them. If you are losing just quit? My son only weight 105 and you cant train your kids to handle that???? Maybe you guys should just get a swim team or something because obviously Football is too rough of a sport for you.
coach-em-up

Madison, AL

#19 Nov 2, 2011
I'd like to find out who the current 2011-2012 football rep is for Morgan County and a contact. Any help?
Wrong Answer Michelle Alr

Huntsville, AL

#20 Dec 26, 2011
Then reason they were voted out was because of age. The kids that play football in morgan county are your basic 5th and 6th grade kids. Every school in morgan county has a middle school program and the kids in the 7th and 8th grades are required to play middle school football in Priceville. The ones that do not play middle school football are the kids that can not play any way. Lawrence county does not have a middle school program and since they do not they have to try to keep the kids playing through the 8th grade in little league. We really understand that. Priceville could have really loaded there 11 and 12 year old team and so could any other team in Morgan County. We all choose not to do that and have middle school programs. East Lawrence won the 11 and 12 year old championship by basiclly playing a middle school team against 4th 5th and 6th grade boys.Enjoy your time with your kids and please try to understand what we are trying to accomplish in this league. We would love for you to stay in the league but you would benefit more if you had a middle school program. I know the kids from hartselle can kick butt in the 6th grade and they will rock your world when they hit the 7th and 8th.

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