CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A sideline altercation among two coaches and a parent on Sunday could cost a Tornado youth football team its future.
St. Albans police officers were called to the Hayes Middle School football field at about 3 p.m. Sunday, where the Tornado Tigers were facing off against the Campbells Creek Cougars. The Tigers' D team, consisting of players 5 to 9 years old, had just won the game.
Police Capt. James Agee said two Tornado coaches began a screaming match over the allocation of each player's time on the field. One witness said an assistant coach was upset with the head coach for allowing players from St. Albans and Dunbar to join their team.
The parent of a St. Albans player, apparently angry that his son's playing time was in jeopardy, came down from the stands and started an altercation, Agee said. The parent choked one coach while the other coaches tried to pull him off.
The men bumped into cheerleaders along the sidelines, said Belinda Rhodes, a parent and former board member for the Tigers team.
The combatants also stepped on a player's foot during the scuffle before police arrived to defuse the situation, Agee said.
Agee did not have the parent's name but said the man would stop by the police station sometime this week to accept a citation for battery. The man, who is the only one facing charges from the incident, has apologized for his actions and is cooperating with the investigation, Agee said.