Youth football team says it needs $27,000 to play in national tournament

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- The Otay Ranch Broncos, a youth football team from Chula Vista, needs $27,000 to cover travel expenses for a national tournament in Florida.

The team's season has been a roller coaster ride since September when parents got into a fight in the stands, cell phone video of the brawl has gone viral.

Initially, the team of 13 and 14-year-olds was suspended, then it was reinstated but forced to play in Orange County.

Parents say having to play out of town for several weeks created a financial burden on them and now they can't afford to send the team to a national tournament in Florida early next month.

The team also wants the league to reimburse some of the fees and other expenses paid to register the players before the season started.

"Where is the money that we paid for our children for practice fields to have lighting, refs at each game, location... all that was taken from us, we paid basically for what?," said Elena Alcala, Otay Ranch Broncos team mom.

Parents say the money would help subsidize the cost of sending the players to the tournament.

So far the league has not said whether it is willing to help pay any of the costs.



  • Phil McCrackin

    Pay for the travel yourself like Little League patents do. And dont fight in the stands so you dont have play in OC and waste money on that travel. It’s called being responsible.

  • BA

    I applaud you for keeping your cool. It’s unfortunate that we have to suffer the consequences of those that act foolish. If it were me, I’d get with the group and make the parents that started the drama front the money… that should teach them!!

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