I appreciate what you are saying. Football is like demolition derby. When you sign on there is some accepted responsability that you may get hurt. Even at equal size and age the possibility of a broken arm/leg is real. But should I allow a competition between Volkswagen and Mack trucks? Where do you draw the line? I believe there is a morality issue.The other team is clearly side stepping the eligibility/ grades before play rules beyond their intention. They are side stepping the grades before play rule with the reasoning that; the kids are passing at the time of season Play. A time when 1st report cards do not come out till the season is over. We ask to be notified by the teachers/school if there is a problem at any point. You must be a passing student to play on our team. Passing the first 6-8 wks ( a review period of last yr) then failing the 5/6th grades, 2-3 times, does not make you eligible to play. They are clearly not passing students. One of our fathers told me he had a cousin, who failed 11th grade till he was 21 yrs old. Eventually the school threw him out. Should it be reasoned that: he should be allowed to play highschool ball( vs 14-17 yr olds) till then? Buy beer for homecoming? (sarcasm) Should a 14-15 yr olds, be allowed to beat up on 10-11 yr olds? Why should I allow it? After all, if thier kids were not able to do this they would pretty much be total failures. ; ( Back in my day, Flunkies were not even allowed to step on the field. They walked around it. So the morality issue is; what am I teaching my kids? It's OK to cheat? That rules only apply to those who follow them? That there is no reward for being a good student/upstanding citizen? That bullying is allowed? That no matter how hard they work and how good they are ; arrogance,stupidity and brute force will forever take the championship trophy home? But then being called a wimp or a sissy for the next 6-7-20 yrs can be damaging as well. I'm appalled that the other team is O.K with it, and perplexed as to what to do untill a rule change can be made.