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Raymond Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:39am

Anybody here work in this youth league?
Just read this. It's hard to shock me, but I was utterly dumfounded.

AndrewMcCarthy Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:32am

The commissioner, Dan Hinkle, sounds like a real piece of work and whether his kid plays defense or not, I'm guessing he'll grow up to be quite the citizen himself.

bossman72 Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:28pm

this is outrageous. this guy should get the crap kicked out of him for what he did.

waltjp Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:59pm

Remember - It's all about the kids. :rolleyes:

Ed Hickland Wed Nov 08, 2006 02:32pm


There kids deserve better.

jontheref Wed Nov 08, 2006 02:56pm

He "owns" a youth league? That's a hell of an investment. I forgot, sports is for the kids. Certain ones apparently.

Fon_Win Sat Nov 11, 2006 10:02pm

Commissioner South County: Dan Hinkle:

[email protected]

Just in case you wanted to drop him line.

Chairman's email: Mark Meana, [email protected]

Forksref Sun Nov 12, 2006 09:16am

Reason # 322 to NOT do youth leagues.

ABoselli Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:58am

There's no 'I' in team, but there's one in 'fired'.
This guy is trying to out-Marinovich Marinovich's old man.

Off to an inauspicious start.

ljudge Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:53pm

I just shared this with a local Philadelphia-area sports station. They had a segment this morning talking about youth sports where they were talking about politics, ethics, etc. that get in the way of a great experience for our children. This commissioner is a bona-fide [email protected]

The Roamin' Umpire Sat Nov 18, 2006 01:32pm


Originally Posted by Fon_Win
Commissioner South County: Dan Hinkle:

[email protected]

Just in case you wanted to drop him line.

Chairman's email: Mark Meana, [email protected]

Well, I made the attempt. Here's the message I e-mailed to the entire board:

Originally Posted by The Roamin' Umpire
To the board of the Fairfax County Youth Football League:

I just read the following article by Timothy Dwyer in the Washington
Post online:<wbr>/wp-dyn/content/article/2006<wbr>/11/03/AR2006110301819.html

It relates the story of a football team whose coaches were fired
because they did not play the commissioner's son on defense.

The actions and statements of this commissioner, Dan Hinkle, are
despicable and represent the worst example I have ever seen of one of
the chief problems of youth sports. It is my fervent hope that you
remove Mr. Hinkle from his position and ban him from your league until
such time as he gains some clue of the purpose of youth sports.

(signature removed)
Member, Capital District Football Officials Association
Albany, NY

Here are the two replies I have received:

Originally Posted by [email protected]
I saw your message to the article about Dan Hinkle. Before slamming someone, are you totally postive that the article was true? We all know that the newspapers are not bias and always tells the truth. Dan Hinkle has been a part of youth football for 15 years. If he was not good for youth sports this would not be just coming out. No one mentions that the coach did whatever he did to his son just to win a game. Do you know that we have a particpation rule in our league that states every kid must have a starting position? Were you aware that coaches violoate this rule by having kids be placed on offense as substitutions to run in and out plays all game? How would you feel if you paid some 200 bucks for your son to play football and all he did was run plays to the quarterback and runs to one side of field as a wide reiecever and is basically a decoy. I am not saying this is what happened to Dan Hinkle or his son, but I do know for a fact that this coach was reprimanded 4 times for violoating this rule to win a game. Did you know that the team he beat while not playing Mr. Hinkle's son, he lost previously to 2 weeks before by the scrore of 31-0, and all of a sudden he beats them. Wow, he must have made major adjustements to his roster- Then again, how can you do that when you have a particapation rule? You should get the entire story before slamming someone.


Originally Posted by Steve Wilmer ([email protected])
<[email protected]>I'm a tax payer in northern VA. It appears you are doing private business, sending emails about Dan Hinkle etc. on government time. What are you doing sending emails from your government computer?</[email protected]><[email protected]><[email protected]> My tax dollars hard at work.

So much for a rational response (although neither of these fine specimens of humanity are listed on the league's website). The first person has a point about not having the whole story, but the reporter contacted Hinkle, who refused to comment. And his e-mails speak for themselves. The second one is clueless, since I sent the e-mail from my personal e-mail account.

My conclusion is that I'm glad that I don't work games for this league, and VERY glad that our local Pop Warner league takes sportsmanship VERY seriously and comes down hard on coaches who receive even one unsportsmanlike flag. Crap like this would never be tolerated.
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MJT Sat Nov 18, 2006 06:45pm

This is so sad. If you pay enough money to own the team, you can tell the coaches that they must play your son every minute on defense. Then, in the last game, that they need to win to make the playoffs, the coaches feel the kid would help them more on offense so they play him there. They win the game and make the playoffs, but since they didn't play his son every minute on defense he fires the head and assistant coach. Great values you are showing your son! No wonder so many of todays youth grow up to only be out for number one!

ABoselli Sun Nov 19, 2006 08:17pm

It looks like there's more than a few members of the jackass club in that league.

How self important can you get? Like the Washington Post is biased against a faction of a youth football league in Fairfax, Virginia.

I'll bet we don't know the whole story - he may turn out to be an even bigger jackass if all the details are divulged.

Raymond Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:51am


9. The South County (Va.) Raptors football team was disqualified from the playoffs after the league commissioner fired the team's coach. The coach's offense? Shifting the commissioner's son from defense to offense for a game. "I own the league," the commissioner reportedly said, and "the entire league exists so he can play defense."
The commissioner offered to hire another coach so the team could compete in the playoffs, but the kids rejected the offer. According to 13-year-old linebacker Michael Holland, the fired coach "is nice. He listens." The commissioner subsequently backed down, rehiring the coach (and his staff) for the playoffs.

bossman72 Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:12pm

the dude should still receive a boot to the frickin skull for pulling that crap

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