Parents, Players Protest Team Getting Tossed from Youth Football League

STOCKTON-

In the world of youth sports, it’s always the kids who suffer the consequences of adult actions.

With chants of ‘I’m fired up! You fired up?’, echoing outside the office of Delta NorCal Youth football commissioner Stanley Fratus in Stockton, parents and players from the Weston Ranch Falcons aired their frustrations about apparently getting tossed from the league on an e-mail vote this morning.

Other teams charge the Weston Ranch Falcons have brought a rowdy, drunk element to the games and the rest of the league doesn’t feel safe playing them.

“I feel that he owes my children and my parents and my coaches an explanation on why he wants us out of this league,” parent Tyra Vickers-Kearney said.

Falcons players and parents say it’s jealousy over a very talented team and that the nitpicking charges have been piled onto the team all season long.

“I never seen anything like that going on. I mean, we’re just winning and I think they just want us out of the league,” parent Dennis Pruitt told FOX40.

Players agree,”They’ve been very mean to us and they keep on trying to cheat us so they can kick us out of the league for nothing,” eight-year-old Jaydnn Marshall said.

Fratus sent out an email announcing his resignation from Delta NorCal. It read “Effective this moment I resign as commissioner of DNFL. The league will be shutdown as soon as possible. Good luck dealing with the W.R. Falcons they are your problem now.”

The question of the team’s next game on Saturday versus the Modesto Raiders remains up in the air, as does the viability of the rest of the league.

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145 comments

  • Tyrese

    @PLAYER your momma must be proud of how ignorant her child is… You can't even use a spell check. "PLAYER" is the GHETTO stereotype everyone is talking about…

  • the truth

    Mr. Lopez is currently a coach at East Union High School. Unbelievable. This guy has always cheated. He uses illegal players (over age) in youth football, and has been kicked out of a league he helped build (NYFL). I know the Ravens may not be the best organization around, but compared to this guy, we are great. Youth football is about teaching. Don't try and live through the kids. Let them play and stop instilling these traits in the youth. Just walk away Mr. Lopez. Be a spectator, because you sure don't know how to teach or coach.

  • Grownup Football Mom

    I haven't had the need to contact Mr. Fratus thanks in large part to the fact that our organization has a great President and we as a fan base have never done anything that may require that, but unfortunately he has resigned from the League and it has disband all at the hands of people who can't grasp the concept of acting right in public. What the falcons did to that man by going to his work is nothing short of bullying and just wrong.

  • the truth

    that was eddie lopez who took money from eagles and ravens
    and that guy mike did the lathrop steelers and i heard he helped rob start the falcons

  • Grownup Football Mom

    I didn't realize this was the Falcons crying page. I posted nothing hateful and I always find it humorous when people try to tell me what I saw. Furthermore, although last week was the only instance I sited in my above comment, it is by far not the only reason the Falcons are out of the League. There have been league wide season long complaints against them by numerous teams. Not to mention word of misappropriation of funds and improper paperwork involving players. This isn't the only news report I read. That's why the Presidents VOTED them out. This last week just solidified what we all already knew. And why are you talking to me about the Delta Kings? Gang signs?! As I understand from a Delta Kings parent the sign you saw was the Delta Kings crown, also commonly used by Stagg High School being as they are the Delta Kings (hence the crown). Kind of like the "W" that the Falcons held up that everyone else took to represent the Weston ranch Falcons, not a gang sign… This is football, not thug life. I'm not attacking anyone. I'm expressing my opinion and stating what I saw. The falcons aren't the only ones impacted by this. There were numerous other teams in that League and they ruined it for everyone. As far as I'm concerned they owe us all an apology!

  • Stop frontin!!!

    I will first of all say that it is not the kids fault but what I've experienced from this team is coaches argueing with referees, and coaches. It doesn't surprise me of the accusations that were made because they showed supreme immaturity on every level when they came to play us. Like I said its not the kids fault but the parents and coaches should take responsibility for what happened because they have been ghetto since the jamboree!! They also were not undefeated on every level and nobody was scared to play them! I would be mad if my son's season was shortened as well but I also would not let him participate in a poorly ran organization such as that one!
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  • letthekidsplay

    If all the accusations were real then why did STANLEY FRATUS resign, step down, dissolve the league?? WHY not own up to what he claims is the real reason he kicked THE FALCONS out? Why hide and not return phone calls? Why would Debbie a PRINCIPAL of a elementary school stand behind the wrong doing of over 100 children? We are here fighting for our children and its Parents like you and the rest of them who judge and throw stones to try and tear our kids down but guess what….. Not these FALCONS!!! We did not do anything wrong period point blank and we will continue to fight for whats right!! You should be GROWN enough know that GROWN UP FOOTBALL MOM.. Ha

  • truthwilbetold

    Media was given this statement today but in watching the news only 1 sentence was quoted.__As of yesterday, the Delta Norcal Youth Football Board was in the process of voting the Weston Ranch Falcons for removal from the league due to unsportsman like conduct and actions brought upon by the Weston Ranch Falcons. Over the course of the season Weston Ranch has had many fines imposed and disciplinary warnings given due to their conduct at games and league events. The reasons for the removal is a culmination of activities and issues that were continually being brought up and evaluated throughout the entire season and not just one singular isolated incident.

  • truthwillbetold

    As with any youth organization we were were seeking to envoke Section 13.2q of the Delta Norcal Rules which states, "Organizations may face fines, probations, suspension, and or removal from the League, and/or any combination of the above for violating League rules, or for conducting their teams in a manner which does not reflect the best interests of the League". With that said we have experienced fallout by the Falcons picketing at the former League Commissioner’s place of work. The commissioner has resigned and has left a current void in the organization. However, given this is a Presidents' League a Comissioner is not necessary or mandatory as all governance is achieved by a full presidential vote on league matters

  • truthwillbetold

    Delta Norcal was in no way acting out of spite, jealousy, or discriminating against any one particular team in the organization. In fact several other existing teams have been accessed fines and warnings in regards to conduct on game day and/or league events. All other teams have paid their fines except for the one that was voted upon. It is the goal of Delta Norcal to promote and provide a fun, learning, and positive environment which we all have agreed to achieve for our familes and our communities. The Delta Norcal League currently consists of teams from Stockton, Modesto, Daley City, San Lorenzo, etc. We are truly a Northern Californa Organization serving both the Central Valley and Bay Area. We have over 1,800 participants which rely on a fun, competitive, and encouraging atmostphere.

  • truthwillbetold

    So to give you an update as of this morning Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8 AM the Weston Ranch Falcons are no longer part of the league of presidents . We could not release any information or responses as the voting process was not fully completed until this time. A full refund of all League Fees/Dues is being sent to the Weston Ranch Organization which is to be used to refund their families and participants. In addition, the league has waived all unpaid fines that were accessed. This is an unfortunate set of events that has transpired but we wish all the best to the Weston Ranch Organization

  • Here are the facts

    The Weston Ranch Ravens are not in the league because they were on probation for cheating and inappropriate behavior from previous season they were removed from there last two leagues for same reasons. The reasons for removal this year is they were involved in a all out brawl against the Central valley Raiders on Oct 5th and the very next week they were involved in another chaotic situation and cheating against the Cowboys. The children, parents and coaches are the ones that decided they would not attend any games against the ravens. The fight was caught on video while they were on probation that is the reason no one wants to play them.

  • Victim

    @letthekidsplay. Why would anyone blame Stan to resign. No volunteer position is worth losing your job over that provides for their family. Why are you blaming him anyways. This is a president vote league its not like Stan made the decision on his own. Not sure what your president has told you but maybe you should get your facts straight before commenting on this stuff. You all say you are all about the kids but what are you teaching them right now?

  • Grownup Football Mom

    No one told me anything other than the fact that our league is President run. The Presidents of the organizations voted the Falcons out by majority because of all they have had to deal with throughout the season. I have witnessed the misconduct with my own eyes and seen the news reports. I cannot speak on Mr. Fratuss behalf, but my guess would be that he got very fed up with the actions and with the very kind of behavior that has been displayed in the comments on this news report and he was as sick and tired of that behavior as the rest of us. I am teaching my child that bad conduct on or off the field has consequences, and that if you can't act right you don't get to participate. I am teaching him that no one wants to associate with people who can't conduct themselves with class and unfortunately I am teaching him that even people who weren't involved (like the hundreds of other children in the league) feel the negative impact. Most importantly, I am teaching him to rise above jerks and play on regardless of the fact that because of the disgusting actions by few, many no longer have a league. I am certainly not teaching him to throw tantrums and act like bullies at peoples places of employment because they finally got called on their bullshit. Take the time off to learn how to conduct yourselves and hope that you will be accepted into ANY league next year. Meanwhile, we will play on.

  • bea

    Does anyone here know that Mr. Fratus was given the boot from his presidential position in the last league he was in? Unfortunately those who drank his kool aide now have kids with no league to play in and an amazing cheer team (made up for the most part of the girls who followed fratus’ puppet brenda rogers to the Oakley raiders), with no league affiliation. Kudos to Weston ranch for standing up to him. He changes the rules to fit his needs and kicks out anyone who doesn’t agree with him or may “show up” his team. (Not hard to do this year. I hope this is an eye opener to all. Everyone should stand strong against the dictatorship of stan fratus and his Oakley raiders. He could are less about the kids. He only cares about stan flatus getting his way.

  • cheer dad

    i was with steelers and detective called me as well….but it wasnt mike it was a team mom who took all the money and candy they took her to court and she had to pay restitution

  • Victim

    @Beu… Maybe you.should get your facts straight. Yes he was let go of his position there but that is because of the bad seeds they still have there. That league has went downhill since he left. Another thing you are missing is this wasnt Stans decision so maybe you should get your facts straight. This league is a president vote league so its wasnt someones.sole decision. Stan has not made any decisions on his own without consulting the whole board.

  • Fed Up

    Bea, Not sure why you find the need to bash the Oakley Raiders. Yes Stan is involved but he is not the President of our league. Your accusations are quite comical and almost sounds like its coming from a league that has its own issues and should worry about their own problems.

  • Terrill S

    SOUNDS JUST LIKE WHAT EDDIE LOPEZ OF THE MANTECA COWBOYS IS DOING TO MY TEAM THE WESTON RANCH RAVENS. WE WERE KICKED OUT LAST WEEK AFTER BEATING HIS TEAM 13-12 WHICH HE AND HIS COACHING STAFF TOOK THE LOSE BAD AND BEGAN TO ENGAGE IN A VERBAL ASSAULT AGAINST SOME KIDS IN THE PARKING LOT. WHICH RESULTED IN A PARENT STICKING UP FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE KIDS AND THE PUSHING AND SHOUTING BEGAN AND THEN IT TURNED INTO A HUGE PUSHING MATCH WHERE 1 OF ORGANIZATIONS KIDS NOT A PLAYER BUT A RAVENS SPECTATOR 14 YRS OLD WAS HIT BY A COWBOYS COACH. SO AFTER STARTING THE FIGHT HE THEN EMAILED ME AND ALL PRESIDENTS SAYING WE WERE KICKED OUT OF THE LEAGUE. A PRESIDENT RUN LEAGUE WHERE ALL PRESIDENTS ARE TO VOTE ON LEAGUE ISSUES. SO THIS PAST MONDAY THE PRESIDENTS MET AND REFUSED TO VOTE THE RAVENS OUT THE LEAGUE FOR ALLEGED BUT NOT PROVEN CHEATING ON VARSITY LEVEL AND STARTING THE BRAWL. WE HAVE BEEN ON FAIRLY REMOVED FROM THE LEAGUE AND ARE FIGHTING TO GET BACK IN AND I CHOSE NOT TO TAKE THE ROUTE OF THE FALCONS AND PROTEST AT HIS JOB BUT RATHER PERSUE LEGAL AVENUES BUT WOULD LIKE SOME LIGHT SHED ON OUR ISSUE AS WELL. HERE IS A LINK TO A TOPIX SITE WHERE IT GIVES A LOOK INTO THE CHARACTER OF EDDIE LOPEZ AND HIS POOR SPORTSMANSHIP IT ALSO HAS AN I WITNESS ACCOUNT FROM ONE OF HIS COWBOYS PARENTS THAT CLEARLY STATES HIS INVOLVMENT IN BRAWL http://m.topix.com/forum/city/modesto-ca/T679Q20DO0DRV07AH#bmb=1

    Please shed some light on this issue. And help my 135 kids finish they’re season.

  • Emily

    Then the Falcon Parents need to find some Personal Responsibility and realize their own children are suffering for Falcon Parents Behavior.

  • Emma

    The Falcons Parents who are behaving Poorly should answer that questions themselves. Infact maybe this can be a lesson for the Parents of the Falcons to kick out of the Team the parents who behave badly so the whole team does not suffer

  • John Doe

    Bea: There is a still league so not quite sure where you got your information. Oakley Raiders is still going strong and will continue to go strong because they have One Family One Goal!

  • angie

    Falcons don't pay their fines, and their bookkeeping is a mess. Which is most likely the reason why she is being blames for stealing the kids money.

  • Angie

    The Parents should of thought about that BEFORE having their children Protesting, before causing a ruckus at a cheer competition, etc……….

    Consequences have actions… This is a way better lesson for your Children to Learn, than not being able to finish a season.

    I hope the next time one of your children see bad behavior by a Falcon Adult they will have the brains and courage enough to say… STOP YOU ARE RUINING THIS FOR ME. It is a shame the well behaved Parents didn't form a coup to vote out the Parents who did not behave, Including Tyra. This way the League would not have to deal with the Falcon Team as a whole.

    Fix your Team… Stop making excuses for others.

  • angie

    Seriously…. YOU WENT TO THE MANS WORK………. KIDS DO NOT DRIVE THEMSELVES THERE.

    I would of resigned as well, as my Job in this economy is way more important than dealing with Parents who are teaching their kids how to Bully.

  • angie

    That is why the Good Parents of the Falcons should of stepped out BEFORE the League took action. I wonder if the were to frightened to rise up against the Bullies.

  • Terrill S

    Someone said earlier Ravens cheated against cowboys and nobody wantsbto play them. but during to board meeting last Monday no president would vote against the ravens cause they all had no issues with us cheating them or in Mr.Lopez words being “GHETTO” Eddie tryed to prove cheating but couldn’t. So he said I’m president I don’t need your vote they are out…he also sent someone to Franklin high school to tell the coach the Ravens played one of his players in the game against the Cowboys. Which was a total lie that Franklin player has a younger brother on my team. 2 different kids same last name similar first names. Well last night that kid was not able to play based on the false allegation made. This is a jr in high school with good grades being targeted by the cowboys. The only thing this kid is guilty of is being related to one of our players who is just as good on the field as his older brother who cheers him on every game from the STANDS as he did vs Cowboys and all will come to light real soon.

  • Letthekidsplay

    Prove it? Show proof of what you claim to be misconduct, ghetto, this , that whatever you claim just show your proof that’s all I ask.. We chant to loud or cheer ALL of the players on…we birdcall to loud what is it where’s your proof?? Ohh it’s the fact that you lost to the falcons and you know we were guaranteed to win it all and poor ole Stan and his pitiful ass so called league of presidents knew it and didn’t want that to happen.. Everyone who is on here complaining about The FALCONS lost to the FALCONS.. LETS KEEP IT HONEST.. TEACH YOUR KID TO BE A SORE LOSER… See win or loose we still cheer our children on and we have never went back and cried to Stan because we lost a game.. But trust that this fight is not over…. I no longer wish to entertain the lies of biter parents, presidents etc.. So if you can’t prove it then your comments and opinions are pointless..

  • Letthekidsplay

    Don’t shoot the messenger.. Thanks @ BEA the truth will come out real soon and when it does I hope it takes down STAN , DEBBIE and all the rest of the league of presidents who were apart of such a horrible act against these children..

  • firefighter Barell

    Its not the kids are the partants is the Weston ranch falcons pres they just dint like here on cus she hS a back bone and will stand up for what she belive im all u got to do is LET THE KIDS PLAY that it it all lies and they no it if it is true then prove it then as a parent i will walk away from this just dealing with tht president from the raiders she around kids all day and for here to act like tht make no since what so ever just let the kids play instead of acting like u shut the league down and running it on the under what kind of sportsmanship is that Just finish the season with everybody then part ur ways i can respect him if he would do tht o and the name is Barell known and respected in the comminty since i see no names of the people talking trash with no prove LET THEM PLAY!!!!!

  • OAKLEYRAIDERSSUCK

    The Oakley Raiders Stole over $40,000 From the Delta Patriots. Fratus and his band of idiot coaches and board members are getting what they deserve. He is an Unapproachable, arrogant, ahole. Him and Gordon Wilson. I hope the Oakley Raiders fold. It is a piece of crap organization and I would never send any kid of mine there. Its all about winning at all cost(which they havent done) not about coaching ALL the kids

  • bea

    When I spoke of the president, what makes you think I was talking about stan? I know who you president is. When I made the comments about the president, it was about Gordon wilson. One arrogant man, one ignorant group of followers.

  • Brooklyn Warrior MOM

    This is real easy to resolve, it appears there have been some problems however, they were not properly addressed at the time so now it smacks of he said she said, what should have been done is the president of the league should have stepped in ejected the offenders from attending any more games in the season, continue to let the kids play however, they would need to come with someone else. we had a list of over 30 parents who had to watch the games outside of the fields one year because of their poor behavior the presidents of each team were held accountable if they couldn't control their adults they were no longer welcome by the next year we cleaned up that mess and the inner city NY games were the best attended, most respected.

  • Jose Luis

    Now that the leagu is no more you got the Varsity Coach of the Tracy Buccs telling the kids they are worthless. The tracy Buccs refuse to answer emails when I ask why the coach treated the players like TRASH (what the coach told a player) Looks like the Tracy Buccs now have Gheto coaches running the show. I have seen this coach speak to several kids in this manner, no wonder the Tracy Buccaner players do not try, there is reason to impress this BULLY who calls himself a coach.

  • Jim Beam

    Hahaha…So did you idiots get "The Truth", the truth is if anymoney was stolen why not prosecuted??? The truth is the league is still going and has really good football unlike other Brentwood Teams that have their own issues and trust me to do! The Delta Patriots are folding like a cheap suit. I bet they go to the Delta League and go down to 2 teams becuase everyone on the West Hates it!!!! So talk about getting their way, makes you think what exactly other Boards do and lie about…again were is the prosecution of stolen money? Maybe a bad board with no idea what they are doing is more like it….

  • EX DP (LOL)

    I was just told of this post so I thought I'd log in and see for myself..WOW. Roger Short you should be ashamed ofy yourself… YOu are a lowly concessions director but you convinced the Delta Patriots Board that you know what you are doing which you don't…..YOu ran a half ran Private Investigation Company which is Bankrupt, you were kicked out of the Oakland Police Department, now you are bringing down a youth football organization. You and Carlos Tabarini have made a mockery of Adults ruining things for the kids….18 kids per each of the 3 teams is such a stretch…Everyone believed you could make it work and now what….Let's the chips fall!!!! One will be stronger the other weaker…

  • Sao

    I’m a parent of Mission Valley Cougars Youth Football Program. We reside in Newark Ca. We played the Weston Ranch Falcons yesterday Nov 3rd and I read your article about the team and how they were being kicked out of their own league due to the location of the team…Well just so you know, that is not the case. We invited the team to come play an exhibition game¬†yesterday Nov, 3rd 2012 even¬†tho all the negative stuff we heard about them & Gave them the benefit of the doubt. But at the end of our 4th & final game their true colors came out. Their team had the game well in hand. Their players started egging our players on, laughing and making fun of them taking cheap shots at all of them. Yelling and cussing at out Refs. So it went from them talking smack, started a big riot with our league to grown men hitting our little children(Boys&girls) as they exited the front entrance their team president was seen throwing our equipments over the fence while other parents & their players were taking our equipment off the ground and taking it with them! I had to call 911 4 times because i was scared for my kids & my league parents, kids, supporters who were there to support their own. 7 police car came in just in time to help us stop the riot. I am very upset that my 5 year old son and numerous other children were there watching all this as it unfolds right in front of them. I am speaking from a mothers point of view and this is unacceptable! No parent should ever have to go thru what we went thru last night. So I’m writing you all to let you know that they are not victims, so please stop portraying them as victims! The ridicule commissioner, Stanley Fratus of delta nor cal league whom they unprofessionally went and protested at his work who now stepped down from his position because he was doing the right thing for his league should not be the villain. He was just trying to prevent what happened to us tonight & protect other families & children from what we witnessed tonight. So with that being said I hope the truth can be publicize as well not just them crying out that they are victims. I strongly feel that If they don’t change something really bad is going to happen to one of our own kids or parents get killed because of all this

    nonsense. FYI it’s just a game…Our kids are suppose to have fun not having to defend themselves from bad people like your league. Good thing one of my parents recorded the whole thing….So look for out for it…I hope you find some peace with yourselves and teach your kids and parents and board members esp the president of Falcons to act like civilize people!!!!!!

    Upset mother of 3, 2 boys who plays for MVC ages 10 & 5!!!!