Esquire Network’s polarizing reality docuseries about hyper-competitive youth football in Texas and Western Pennsylvania has been picked up for a 4th season.
To many, Friday Night Tykes highlights everything that is wrong with youth sports — overbearing parents, win-at-all-cost coaches, kids getting their head’s knocked off — it’s all in there.
At the same time, the show brings to light the conflict that many parents have with the sports of football. In episodes I watched, I saw dedicated coaches undoubtedly making an impact on kids’ lives–picking them up and making sure they get to practice; giving them structure and a team environment that wouldn’t have without the sport. And then, on the other hand we see kids participating in drills that we know are dangreous and we see coaches focusing on the winning way more than the development of the kids.
Ultimately, Friday Night Tykes depicts an experience that shines a light on many of the things we need to fix in youth sports.
From Matt Hanna, EVP of Development and Production, Esquire Network:
“Esquire Network is thrilled to continue documenting the story of youth football in Texas and Western Pennsylvania…The pursuit of success for these families, coaches, and kids make for compelling and occasionally controversial television. We’re excited to see where the journey takes us next.”
The 4th season will consist of 10 episodes following 10,11 and 12 year old leagues in the San Antonio, TX area.