FoxSports- A youth hockey coach in Quebec will have to sit out the rest of this season after forcing his players to do push-ups after a loss.
According to the Montreal Gazette, Lac St-Louis AAA pee-wee team coach Louis Isabella was extremely displeased after his team of 11 and 12-year-olds lost a game 7-2 on Sept. 18. The coach was particularly irked by the bickering from his players during the game, and he responded by allegedly making them do anywhere from 100 to 350 push-ups following the game.
Parents were outraged, as some of the kids were said to have missed school and seek medical assistance the following day. After several complaints, Isabella was suspended indefinitely and called in front of the hockey association's disciplinary committee. On Thursday, they ruled that his tactics were "abusive" and that he should remain suspended until the conclusion of the season in May.
Tony Horton? Is that you? Seriously though, THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY PUSHUPS! I can't recall the results of my grade school fitness tests, but I don't think I hit 350 collective pushups until my twenties and these 6th graders were forced to bang them after getting slapped around the rink for the entirety of three periods. I'm usually disgusted by the vaginalization of youth sports, but I definitely can't consider this an instance of it. Not when I had to call out of the work the day after the first time I went to the gym unsupervised and was too sore to lift myself out of bed in the morning. These kids sound like little bitches for seeking medical attention until you realize that 11-12 year olds are supposed to be little bitches when it comes to physical activity. That entire team probably has like 3 total pubic hairs, so of course their underdeveloped bodies couldn't withstand the brunt of an upper body workout that would literally make Joe Thornton quit the sport. I'm all for disciplining athletes at a young age, but I'll be damned if I'm not glad that someone took this guy's whistle. Hopefully he only gets it back after he finds his calling as a drill sergeant, because training for battle is the only time when demanding that your underlings touch their tits to the floor 350 times before they leave the room can prove beneficial. Plus, a man that gets that infuriated by whiny, prepubescent dickheads was liable to hit one of them the next time the game got away from him.