"Friday Night Tykes" is a reality docu-series on Esquire Network that takes viewers inside the grown-up world of youth football.

In America, football is king ... and nowhere is football bigger than in Texas. With exclusive access to the 8 to 9 year-old Rookies division in the San Antonio region of the Texas Youth Football Association (TYFA), the series follows five teams on and off the field throughout the 2013 season, from pre-season training through the state championships. Along the way, cheerleaders cheer, tailgaters barbecue and the crowd goes wild, but intense rivalries flare, parents and coaches clash and the young players face some very adult pressures and concerns, from extreme training drills, heckling from rabid fans, and balancing on-the-field expectations against a typical off-the-field childhood.

With no size or weight limit for its players, TYFA is one of the most competitive youth football leagues in the country. For many of the parents, coaches and players documented in the series, football is a lifestyle — the centerpiece of their community and, in some cases, even a substitute family.

Throughout the series, coaches and parents offer insight into why they believe football is important, what motivates them as individuals, and what valuable lessons they believe the children learn from their discipline and dedication. But in a youth football league where participation medals mean nothing and winning means everything, the adults in the series also grapple with questions like: How much competition is too much? Is the sport safe for young children? At what price are we pushing our kids to win?

Season 3

As many of the player's followed in previous seasons enter their final year in TYFA, viewers see an unbelievable phenomenon arise as teams compete to recruit the league's top players, with some parents claiming they've been offered incentives to join different teams. This creates a veritable free agency market for 11-year-olds.

Last season, viewers saw the initiation of newly designed programs to improve safety and conduct while attempting to maintain the league's reputation as the most competitive youth football league in the country. After the Bronco's coach Charles Chavarria was suspended for encouraging improper tackling techniques, his former team attempted a gentler approach that resulted in less wins for the season.

The football fanatical Hurt family parted ways with the Lobos after accusations of favoritism led to a nasty incident on the sidelines. Tempers flared and a verbal altercation ensued. Coach Marecus Goodloe led the Colts to a turbulent and emotional season before stepping down as Head Coach. Meanwhile his good friend, Fred Davis continued to lead TYFA's pre-eminent franchise, The Outlaws, to an undefeated season and a second consecutive championship title.

Now, a new season kicks off with all-star tykes dominating the Jr. division and Goodloe and Davis joining forces and taking the San Antonio Outlaws national to join the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL). Raising the bar, this places the Outlaws in direct competition with select youth teams from Texas, California and Colorado, with a chance at winning the National Title. These seasoned young athletes embody the intense passion of Texas football where everyone lives and breathes the sport. And while their focus is on wins over losses, an underlying question presented in the series is if there is a better way to define victory.

Season 3 introduces a revamped Predators, whose philosophy is "Smashmouth: Aggressive and Confrontational football." Lead by head coach John Collins, they practice hits every single day. On the opposite end of the spectrum and field sit the Yoakum Outlawz who take a drastically different approach and practice only one day a week to avoid overexertion. They've seen great success with this approach and look forward to proving this on the field.

"Friday Night Tykes" is produced by 441 Productions, Texas Crew Productions and Electro-Fish Films for Esquire Network. Matt Maranz and Jason Sciavicco are executive producers.


Network: Esquire
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 14, 2014
Seasons: 3
Production Companies:
441 Productions
Texas Crew Productions
Electro-Fish Films

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