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article imagePee Wee football rule leaves child out of the game

By Tiffany Romine     Aug 16, 2012 in Sports
A little boy will not be able to follow his dream to play football this year. He has been denied a place on the football team due to his weight.
As reported on by ESPN News, a 12 year old boy, Elijah Earnhardt, will not be allowed to play in a Texas Pee Wee football league. The league ruled that Earnhardt, who is a seventh grader, stands at more than 6 feet tall and weighs in at 300 pounds was over the league limit.
The league's rule is that any seventh-grader weighing more than 135 pounds is barred and must play in his school's league. However, Earnhardt does not want to play for his school league. He instead, wants to play with his friends and be able to get additional practice at the sport before he plays on another team.
"I don't want to play in school right now because, it's people that's had experience and I want to get some experience first and then start playing," Elijah Earnhardt told the website. "I just want to play because my teammates are my friends -- I know them. I don't want to go play for somebody else I don't know."
Earnhardt’s mother, as well as his coach plan to protest the decision. Marc Wright, the coach of the Texas Pee Wee football league, has cited other players who have been over the weight limit and still been able to play.
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