If anyone is looking for a post regular season tournament to attend, I will highly recommend you NOT attend this one. There isn't enough space in this form for me to list everything, I'll simply list the top 3 and you can deduce what you like.
1) Police were called 3 times to the event on Saturday alone, with the last time being after a Winder-Barrow coach ran across the field and physically attacked a visiting coach, (we have film) then ran and hid in the press box. The last thing the police officer told me was that they had the authority to shut the event down, I certainly hoped they did. We pulled our team from the tournament.
2) Per the rules, 150 lbs + players are not allowed to run the ball, and during weigh in will have a red sticker affixed to the rear of their helmets identifying them as 150+ players. Again, the Winder-Barrow team was not compliant, nor would they agree to weigh ins to BECOME compliant. Fullback was at least 160.
3) Rosters presented prior to the tournament must include birth certificates, and all rosters are final at that time. The team that Winder-Barrow fielded had 7 players that were not on the field, nor were they on the roster Friday night, but were there and played Saturday.
We won't even get into the referee situation, I will let you all speak to every other team there, and the when following procedure of grievances, it was pointless as well, as the tournament organizer also happend to be the head coach of the Winder-Barrow team.
We have a pretty good little team here, as we only lost one game by 6 points the entire season, and won the Hall County Championship. I, like every other coach will take a loss to a better team on any occasion provided it is a level playing field. The Gwinnett All-Stars were our opponent Friday night. We won 39-0. Chestatee played this same Winder-Barrow team Friday night and lost 6-0. In the first Saturday game, the Gwinnett team lost to Chestatee like 13-6. This same Winder Barrow team beat us 39-0.
Like I said, I will leave how bad the officiating was up to your imagination, not even mentioning the 'thugness' and lack of accountability for the actions of the tournament administration. This was a tournament we chose to come to for fun for our kids after a fantastic season. It is a crying shame that the image left in the minds of our 11-12 year old young men of their last recreational league game is of opposing coaches and opposing players behaving in a manner which is NOT what we teach here. Our players will be the lights of the community, not 'win at all costs' thugs that is clearly the mantra of a substandard football mentality at Winder-Barrow. Again, this is fact, not some coach off on a rant. I encourage you to call the Winder Police Department and ask them. Even if my point 1 was the only thing that was true, would that compel you to consider not attending? Please consider this an 'awareness' letter.
Thank you to all youth coaches that volunteer their time to these kids. We are losing far too many to 'the dark side' and down the wrong path. Keep the faith, and most definitely, keep away from this tournament. You're better off saving your money and having a great after the year party for your kids, they deserve it.