Fullerton Junior All American Bears

The Fullerton Junior All American Bears are members of the Orange County Junior All American Football Conference (OCJAAF). Comprised of twenty-nine (29) chapter (city) members throughout the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, OCJAAF is the largest youth football and cheerleading organization in the nation. The Fullerton Junior All American Bears are honored to contribute to OCJAAF's diversity, which makes the Orange County Junior All American Football Conference number one in competition. The Fullerton Junior All American Bears are proud to sponsor OCJAAF's core values of "family" and of "community" - the standards that keep OCJAAF and the Fullerton Junior All American Bears a leading youth football and cheerleading organization. Families come in many combinations and we celebrate the word of "family" as meaning: team, the Fullerton Junior All American Bears, community and the OCJAAF Conference. There is nothing stronger than the spirit in the word of family and you will see it and feel it within the Fullerton Junior All American Bears organization and our OCJAAF Conference.

The objective of the Fullerton Junior All American Bears program is to inspire youth, regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin; to practice the ideals of health, citizenship and character; to bring our youth closer together through the means of a common interest in sportsmanship, fair play and fellowship; to impart to the game elements of safety, sanity and intelligent supervision; and to keep the welfare of the player and/or cheerleader first, foremost and entirely free of adult lust for glory.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pop Warner football league coach arrested

Youth football league coach arrested on sex abuse charges
Posted: Mar 13, 2012 10:10 PM PDT Updated: Mar 13, 2012 10:22 PM PDT
By FOX 12 Staff - email


Parents of a local youth football league are angry and concerned after one of their coaches was arrested for sex abuse charges.

Otha Banks Jr. was an assistant coach for the Portland Pop Warner league.

Parents say Banks has been coaching boys in seventh- and eighth-grade since 2009.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says they can't reveal the details of the case. But authorities say the alleged abuse spanned several years and involved three victims, all under 18.
They say the victims were all related to Banks in some way - none were players on the league.
What has parents most concerned is Banks' criminal past.

FOX 12 found 12 other mug shots of Banks from previous arrests. He was convicted for assault in 1994, for drug charges in 2000 and for felon in possession of a firearm in 2009.
Portland Pop Warner claims all coaches must pass a thorough criminal background check. So how could a man like Banks get through?

"I don't know. That's what kind of makes me angry is how either they didn't do it or they did it and swept it under the carpet," Kevin Arrington, a former assistant coach with Portland Pop Warner, said.

Phone calls and emails to both the local and national league have not been returned.

The Warrant Strike Team had been actively looking for Banks until he turned himself in today.
Banks' arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Youth coaches go on offense against abuse

Youth coaches go on offense against abuse
March 10, 2012
Beth Teitell, Bostron Globe Staff

When the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal broke at Pennsylvania State University last November, Al Perillo made a decision: Starting this year, all Pop Warner Football coaches in New England - not just head coaches, but assistants, too - will be required to learn what constitutes proper protocol.

“We want to make sure everyone is aware of the do’s and don’ts,’’ said Perillo, who lives in Everett and serves as Pop Warner’s New England director.

The online tutorial warns against such things as driving other children home from practices, advising coaches to instead call police if a child’s ride does not show and parents cannot be reached. Officials also plan to reemphasize the importance of touching athletes only in appropriate places, generally on the helmet for a football player, on the arm for a cheerleader.

“Don’t do anything that could be misconstrued,’’ Perillo said.

Welcome to coaching in 2012, a time when “risk management’’ goes way beyond walking the field before a game to check for broken glass or holes. After fall’s high-profile accusations - against Sandusky, an assistant football coach who was accused of sexually abusing 10 boys, and against Bernie Fine, an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University fired amid allegations he molested two boys - a number of youth sports-related organizations are significantly strengthening existing child-protection efforts. Their goal: to prevent child abuse, and in some cases, to make sure that coaches do not inadvertently make themselves vulnerable to unfounded accusations.

Little League Baseball and Softball, which has almost 95,000 Massachusetts players, has e-mailed its volunteers worldwide to alert them that information about reporting suspected child abuse is available on the organization’s website.

“This whole Sandusky situation has brought this to the forefront,’’ said Steve Barr, Little League’s director of media relations.

In January, Positive Coaching Alliance, a California-based nonprofit with a Boston chapter, drafted guidelines for leagues and coaches. One section informs readers that among child-abuse victims, 90 percent “are abused by someone whom they know and trust’’ and reminds them that “statistics show most instances of child abuse go undetected.’’

“We see this as a great teachable moment,’’ said Jim Thompson, the group’s founder.

Criminal background checks, such as the Criminal Offender Record Information system used by Massachusetts youth sports organizations, are important, Thompson said, “but they don’t solve the problem. If you have a predator who hasn’t been caught or charged, they won’t show up. And often times with background checks from jurisdiction to jurisdiction you don’t pick up something.’’

While the Sandusky case has grabbed attention nationwide, those involved in youth sports say they are also motivated to refocus attention on child safety by local stories, and headlines that seem to keep coming: “Lawrence school worker gets 5 years on rape charge’’ (Associated Press, Jan. 6, 2012); “Man sexually assaulted by ex-coach faces him in court’’ (Lowell Sun, Feb. 9, 2011); “Former Coach Faces Child Porn Charges’’ (Globe, Feb. 26, 2011).

Many organizations, of course, began increasing child-protection efforts long before the charges against Sandusky, amid growing societal awareness of sexual predators at schools, in religious organizations, and in sports. Next week, after a couple of years of work, the US Olympic Committee plans to unveil a safe-sport handbook, launch a safe-sport website, and introduce an online coaching certification program.

Tensions surrounding child sex abuse are running so high that, around the time Perillo was deciding to beef up coach training, Daniel Lebowitz, executive director of Northeastern University’s Sport in Society Center, was fielding calls from coaches worried their own reputations might be stained by Sandusky. “Are people going to assume that because I’m a coach I’m doing this?’’ they asked.

Indeed, a number of local coaches and a Sports Illustrated columnist who coaches a boys’ junior varsity basketball team in California said the recent high-profile scandals prompted them to feel uncomfortable or to change their behavior.

“You do get nervous because someone can say something happened and it’s really our word against theirs, and you are automatically guilty,’’ said John Saia, of West Roxbury, a skating coach for the Boston Junior Bruins and a board member and coach for Parkway Youth Hockey. “It doesn’t matter what the truth is. I try to make sure I don’t get myself into a situation that could lead to any accusations.’’

“You know how you used to pat kids on the butt and send them into the game?’’ said Pat Inderwish, a veteran Pop Warner coach, and president of Central Massachusetts Pop Warner and Boylston/West Boylston Youth Football. “Some people see that as inappropriate contact now. Those are the things you’ve got to keep in your mind.’’

Phil Taylor, the Sports Illustrated columnist who wrote about his new policy against driving kids home from evening practices, said he was worried that he would be criticized for over-reacting, but instead he largely received support.

“They said they had exactly the same feelings of being alone with a player in a way they’d never thought about before,’’ he said in an interview with the Globe. “I also got a few responses from people who said, ‘Get over it. As long as you’re not a pervert, what do you have to worry about? Don’t let the child molesters win.’ But 90 percent of the responses were, ‘What a shame this is, but I know exactly what you are talking about.’’’

James C. Schmutz, executive director of the American Sport Education Program, an Illinois firm that sells coach education to scholastic and youth sport coaches and organizations, estimates that 44 million children between ages 7 and 17 participate in organized sports in the United States, with about 8 million coaches.

“There is no good data on the percentage of coaches who are formally educated [about sexual child abuse], but it’s not a big number,’’ Schmutz said. “Without mandatory education, it’s one of the challenges of running volunteer organizations and covering all scholastic coaches.’’

The difficulty of educating volunteer coaches is part of the reason Mike Singleton, executive director of Massachusetts Youth Soccer - which has included risk-management education for all of its coaches for almost a decade - says parents should get to know their children’s coaches.

“If you’re a parent and you show up at Macy’s and someone says, ‘I’m the Macy’s child care worker; just give your child to me,’ people would think that was an absurd idea,’’ Singleton said. “But as long as someone’s in athletic gear and says, ‘I’m a coach,’ people drop their kid off and leave. That’s absurd to me.’’

Beth Teitell can be reached at bteitell@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @bethteitell.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Courtesy of our Friends at Friends for Fullerton's Future

"Subject: McKinley – Little League Opening Day

I contacted you last week informing you that McKinley had strong armed Golden Hill Little League via Parks & rec’s John Clements to speak at GHLL’s Opening Day this past weekend. Despite the league’s concerns given recent news re: Mr. McKinley and the fact that this is a children’s event, they were informed in no uncertain terms that as Mr. McKinley sat on committe responsible for assigning fields to youth programs, not letting him speak would be a bad idea. With their backs against the wall GHLL, a non-profit youth baseball league, decided to allow McKinley a few words.

And the dude NO-SHOWED…

So after strongarming GHLL and indirectly threatening to look unfavorably on their requests for city fields in the future, McKinley didn’t even show…or have the courtesy to have his people call GHLL to let them know. He was a no call/no show.


Message to Golden Hills Little League organizers: no good deed goes unpunished."

Courtesy of our Friends at Friends for Fullerton's Future

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pop Warner Weight Complaints

Re: Central Arkansas Pop Warner
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2010, 09:26:31 AM »

Pop Warner sucks plain and simple. We played while in Florida and would watch kids not eat for 2 days to make weight then gorge carbs and power drinks between weigh in and the game, all so they could play down in class and try to be the better player rather than playing their own age. Sorry but 13 year olds shouldn't be trying to lose 5 pounds between Thursday and Saturday and then playing in 95 degree temps.If your kid grows at a young and weighs to much he can't play at all. I would gladly take the grade based leagues over Pop Warner any day.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Former Pop Warner Coach Pleads to Child Molestation

Former Pop Warner Coach Pleads to Child Molestation, Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison
June 17, 2010

Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of CommunicationsSandi Gibbons, Public Information OfficerJane Robison, News SecretaryShiara Dávila, Assistant PIO(213) 974-3525

WHITTIER – A former Pop Warner football coach pleaded no contest today to sexually molesting four young boys who played on his teams and to molesting a fifth victim, a teenaged
girl, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Paul Anthony Ayala, 42, entered the plea before Superior Court Commissioner Loren Di Frank, said Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick. He was immediately sentenced to 24 years in state prison as part of a negotiated plea. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Ayala pleaded no contest to four counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child and one count of lewd act on a child involving all five victims, Dunnick.

The victims’ families were consulted and approved of the plea agreement and sentence, Dunnick said. Several families made emotional impact statements at today’s sentencing.

“Several of the victims and their families expressed concern over testifying in court, and this resolution spares them any additional stress and anxiety brought on by the court process,” Dunnick said.

Police were notified in February after one victim told a family member. The Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation. Ayala was initially charged with one felony count of oral copulation of a child under 10 and eight felony counts of sexual molestation of a child under 14 involving two boys, who were each 10 at the time of the incidents.

Three additional victims – two boys ages 10 and one girl who was 15 when she was fondled – came forward and charges were added. Ayala was charged with sexually molesting the victims between 2008 to February, 2010.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles County DA's office