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LA Youth football coaches suspended for yelling at 7-year-olds

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Two youth football coaches have been disciplined after league officials got their hands on a video clip of them yelling at their team of 7 and 8 year olds.

It happened this weekend at Olympia Stadium during halftime.

The video clip, shot by an anonymous bystander outside the gates of Olympia Stadium, is blurry, but it is obvious someone is shouting "I will run your butt all day. Blow them off the damn line."

The person who recorded the incident does not want to be identified, but told reporters it was two coaches yelling at a football team of 7- and 8-year-old boys during halftime.

Dale Auzenne, the Assistant Superintendent of BREC programs was shocked by what he heard. "The thing that disturbed me was the tone of voice that was used and also the threatening behavior to the kids," said Auzenne.

In the video you can hear "Front line, you better block and bust ‘em up like never before. Y'all will definitely be scared of me."

Auzenne says "it was possibly a way to punish the kids because he felt they didn't perform to the level that they felt they should perform."

Because the video was shot from the other side of a chain linked fence, BREC and La Youth Football officials had to look at the tape, listen to the voices and time out exactly when the video was shot to identify the two men shouting in the video.

Auzenne admits football is a rough and tough game, where coaches sometimes get carried away. He says coaches who volunteer under the Louisiana Youth Football Association should know better.

"You have to first of all look at the age of the kids and then determine what is appropriate," said Auzenne.

The code of conduct is posted outside the stadium. It states "Intimidating actions will not be tolerated." Auzenne says it is more than fitting here.

"A letter was sent to the organization outlining what action had been taken," said Auzenne.

Because the coaches are volunteers, BREC would not release their names. We're told both have been suspended from the next game and will be on probation for the rest of the season and next.

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