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They say everything's bigger in Texas, and that may not be more true than with the Lone Star State's love of football. High-school football is probably more popular in Texas than in any other state. To get kids prepared to play at a high level, they have to start at a young age. This docuseries offers an inside look at children as young as 8 who play in the Texas Youth Football Association, one of the largest independent youth football leagues in America, which teaches kids the fundamentals of the game. "Friday Night Tykes" follows several teams, on and off the field, as they compete for the state championship. Among the challenges the players face are extreme training drills, heckling from fans, and balancing on-the-field expectations with living a typical childhood away from the gridiron.

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aired 1,275 days ago
The TYFA championship game pits the 210 Outlaws against the mysterious Farm League Hurricanes; the San Antonio Outlaws go on the road looking for their second straight Snoop National Championship.
aired 1,282 days ago
The Rockets' future in the TYFA is questioned following their playoff melee; the march to the championship continues with a rematch of one of the most contentious regular-season games of year.
aired 1,289 days ago
The Rockets find themselves in a first-round slugfest as the TYFA playoffs begin; Marecus Goodloe considers his options after another tough day on the sideline.
aired 1,296 days ago
The Outlaws are surrounded by a cloud of controversy as they march toward a state championship; the TYFA regular season comes to an end with a marque matchup between the Rockets and the undefeated Steelers.
aired 1,303 days ago
The San Antonio Outlaws begin the playoffs; the Steelers parents cause a ruckus in the stands; the 210 take on the Jr. Rockets.
aired 1,310 days ago
Following an altercation between adult and child, the Venom try to move forward; the Steelers face off against the 210 Outlaws.
aired 1,317 days ago
The Judson Jr. Rockets hope to continue their winning ways; the Venom seek answers following a coach's ugly act of misconduct.
aired 1,324 days ago
A football game turns ugly when aggressive play upsets the coaches and parents; the San Antonio Outlaws face stiff competition.
aired 1,331 days ago
The recruiting of a prized 12-year-old quarterback creates tensions for the San Antonio Outlaws; neighboring organizations settle a turf war on the field.
aired 1,338 days ago
The San Antonio Outlaws set out to prove they are the premiere youth football team in the nation as a new season begins; a controversial hit sparks outrage as the Texas Storm take on a new organization.

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