GUADALUPE, Calif. - There's new information on a Guadalupe youth football team disqualified from the championship game because of an ineligible player on the roster. Central Coast News sat down with the vice president of the Central Coast Youth Football League, or CCYFL, to find out how this could've happened.
The Central Coast News Facebook page blew up yesterday with public response when we posted this story yesterday. Over 200 comments were posted, a lot of them from angry parents. But today the CCYFL wanted to explain their side of things.
Stephanie Cabalar, VP of the CCYFL, says, "to bring violence to a football game where there are 8 to 10 year olds playing, its very sad."
Cabalar says comments on Facebook regarding a story Central Coast News ran last night have gotten out of hand. The Guadalupe Bulldogs were disqualified from tomorrow's Superbowl after beating the Arroyo Grande Eagles last week. A Bulldogs player was ineligible due to age, a mistake that wasn't caught all season. And Cabalar responded to accusations that the Arroyo Grande Eagles were the ones who uncovered the mistake.
"As CCYFL vice president, I protested the game 8 minutes before the game started," says Cabalar. "It was caught by myself and not by any specific team."
In the middle of all the comments on Facebook, the president of the youth football chapter in Guadalupe chimed in, in an effort to clear things up.
Enrique Ortiz commented:
To all concerned and interested, I, as president of our Guadalupe Chapter, take full responsibility for not catching the error that disqualified our Bantam team. CCYFL is only enforcing the rules. It was a difficult decision to make on their part, but they had no choice, a rule is a rule. I wish all the Super Bowl teams good luck and let's remember that it is all about the kids!
Cabalar says, "let's just get back to what this is all about. And it's about the kids. Let's learn from our mistakes and move on."
The league said it will have security and Santa Barbara Sheriff's on hand at the superbowl game tomorrow.
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