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KELLER, Texas – Many FOX 4 viewers cried foul after a high school football coach in Texas was accused, with his staff, of bullying by a parent of an opposing player whose team lost 91-0. The result of a probe conducted by the Aledo School District found no grounds for the bullying complaint and Aledo’s head coach, Tim Buchanan, faces no discipline according to KDFW.

That story led many of our viewers to lament a perceived sad state of youth and high school sports where it seems that athletes are rewarded just for showing up, as opposed to being rewarded for success. Those people may take an interest into a decision made by a neighboring youth athletic association.

This week the Keller Youth Association’s football division made an announcement on its Facebook page that it will no longer award trophies or medals for participation. The message was simple: Its board feels that rewarding participation doesn’t send the right message to children and they believe trophies should be earned.

The league will continue to award trophies for teams that win their respective ‘Super Bowls.’ While backlash was expected, the response has mostly been positive, both on the Facebook page and on the practice field.

One parent told an inquiring TV station, “We’ve got 10 or 12 trophies and they don’t mean anything to them right now, championship trophy from last year means something.”

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