North Attleborough Soccer Coach Forced To Resign Because Girls Cried After Doing Bear Crawls At Practice

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Fox 25The North Attleborough High School girls’ soccer coaches have resigned after an incident at practice.  Superintendent Suzan Cullen said in a statement that at a practice on Oct. 2, there was a drill that caused “confusion and concern for some players.” The district investigated after learning of the drill and concluded it “did not reflect the core values of the district.”

Dan Labonte has a daughter on the team, and told FOX25 coaches had the girls do a drill similar to what was done in the movie “Facing the Giants.” The drill involved blindfolding the girls, having them bear crawl, and speaking words of encouragement to motivate them. Unlike the movie scene, players did not have to carry their teammates on their backs. 

“Unfortunately he used a drill that didn’t translate very well to a woman’s soccer program, but I know he was remorseful when he realized it was going as well as he expected,” Labonte said.


Head coach Glenn Pasquel resigned, along with his assistant and the J.V. coach in a show of solidarity. “Unfortunately, my good intentions of using a motivational exercise that I saw have been misinterpreted by some. I am humbled by the outpouring of support I have received from parents, players, and the school administration over the last few days,” Pasquel told FOX25 in an email.

One high school student told FOX25 the drill made some of the girls uncomfortable. “They saw it as an attack, something emotional to go through, and I think it was just taken the wrong and the coach was a little confused when they were all crying,” high school senior Erik Clements said.


Every day I feel like society can’t get any softer. Then I read stories like this and I realize how much lower the bar can go. I don’t know what bear crawls have to do with soccer, and I don’t care. If the coach tells you to do them, then you do them. If you don’t like it then go join the ballet or hang out with the goth kids. This kid’s quote says it all:

“They saw it as an attack, something emotional to go through, and I think it was just taken the wrong way and the coach was a little confused when they were all crying.”

I don’t know much about North Attleborough girl’s soccer, but after reading that I have to believe that they must suck. Who would ever view bear crawls as an “attack?” Yes, bear crawls do indeed suck, but since when is practice supposed to be fun. You were confused? About what? Why you were doing them. Newsflash – it doesn’t matter why you were doing them. Coach told you to do them so shut up and get down on the ground. If that makes you cry……well, you’re already playing soccer so I guess you’re in the right sport.


I dunno, is there something missing here? Aaron Hernandez lived in North Attleborough, and he might be the most vicious serial killer of all time. If they can survive him they can survive these bear crawls. I’m hoping that they were crying because their shirts all came off when they were blindfolded and they thought the whole thing was creepy. That could easily happen during bear crawls on account of gravity. If he was fired for that, it’s still wrong but it’s not nearly as bad as getting fired because bear crawls were too hard. Toughen up ladies.


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31 Comment(s)
  • fblthp
    October 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    A middle aged dude blindfolding a team of girls and shouting shit at them as they crawl on the ground is not appropriate. Article is a bizarre attempt to portray the situation as an exercise too tough for crybaby millennials.

  • Sepp blatter
    October 8, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Why were they doing it blindfolded? It clearly says someone was talking to them. It’s done so their teammates can communicate with them and trust each other. Obviously your dumbass sports football and baseball require next to zero communication once the play starts, you only communicate before the play to set up and follow your stupid set play which last 10 seconds. In soccer there isn’t as much coaching intervention and you need to trust your teammates when they tell you to drop, push up, press, move left/right, etc. Of course any sport which needs an attention span of more than 10 seconds is too much for you to comprehend. You can have all the atheletes in the world on the US team, you guys always lose in soccer cause you’re all fucking stupid when it comes to anything that requires attention for more than 10 seconds. And of course this bitch is going to comment “TL;DR spark notes please” below proving my point.

    • duhuh
      October 10, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Touched a nerve, huh?

      • Sepp Blatter
        October 10, 2016 at 6:18 pm

        Just like your uncle touched you. Keep trying to shit on soccer but you Americans suck at it cause you’re brains are incapable of grasping tactical knowledge and having an attention span. This is why 80% of your post grad education is full of immigrants with student visas and you’re stuck with Trump and Hillary.

  • Elizabeth Warren
    October 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Off Topic;

    TB should do story on the Wachusett v Doherty football game. The massive crowd of Wachusett students dressed in red, white and blue were awesome. In response to the loser wanna-be SJW victims of imaginary oppression on the disgraceful Doherty team, all the Wachusett students sang the National Anthem with in unison. They displayed American flags and broke into god bless America during the game multiple times. A few students even ran around the field the waving a massive American flag….the entire game. It was a massive show of patriotism. I’ve never been so proud to send my kids to a school.

    And of course Wachusett crushed that pathetic bunch of losers on that disgrace of a team.

    God Bless America TB

    • Kevins 9 Iron
      Kevi bashed in my skull
      October 11, 2016 at 9:06 am

      awesome story! Wonder why its not in the Turtlegram and Gazette?

    • BobnMic
      October 11, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Not a big Elizabeth Warren fan (pocahontas) in real life but this story is just plain awesome. Wachusett High School students rock!

  • Cry babies
    October 8, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Watch the movie clip… youtube. Search bear crawls blindfolded. Explains it all, coach pushing his player to be a leader. Great clip..

  • Wwy
    October 8, 2016 at 12:47 am

    I could care less about the hurricane when did we care about innocent people. Right never,bob is a kiss ass looking for thumbs up. May GOD bless Iraq,Syria,and Russia. As an American we deserve what we get for our holocaust in the Middle East. Selfish Americans. Sorry bob ruins the blogs with his retardation.

    • BobnMic
      October 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Let me respond with this insane rant in two parts:

      a) I don’t and never did give one flying fuck about thumbs up or down. That for the soulless. I state my opinion and move the fuck along. There is a mentally challenged chick in here who lives and dies by this thumbs thing as this is her very life. More than being a good mother. And you two make such a great couple btw. You two should team up and start up your own blog. You guys could call it, “Shit That People Will Never Read” or something to that effect.

      b) To answer a previous question from you Wwy – The Butcher of Qana was said to be Shimon Peres. Collateral damage in war is an unfortunate reality. Every nation of earth that was/is involved in any kind of warlike conflict has found themselves in that capacity. It’s ugly but war is in fact hell.

      Finally you say: “As an American we deserve what we get for our holocaust in the Middle East.”

      Look asswipe. Don’t ever consider yourself an American. You are far from it. You are nothing but a keyboard terrorist continuously proclaiming the middle east injustices from a Palestinian point of view and I (and I doubt anyone else but I can’t speak for them) gives two flying fucks about you insane war mongering fucking towel heads period. This is what happens with mass inbreeding. Wwy stop fucking your sister. The kid will turn out to be a terrorist damn it…

  • BobnMic
    October 7, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Off topic and I apologize to all. Message to “Chris from Georgia” a long time turtle rider and commenter Chris is. We hope (and yes I will speak for us all) that this Matthew major storm does not disrupt your livelihood down there in Georgia and more than that – be safe and God speed… BobnMic. Keep us updated on what’s going on if you can…

  • huhwhat
    October 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I don’t think the bear crawl was the issue – it sounds as if the blindfolding was the was the issue.
    Why they were blindfolded doesn’t make sense to me … not saying that validates the mass crying, just that there seem to be some details missing.

    • The Operator
      October 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      I agree. Something is missing. Something is not right, and it is a little bit creepy blindfolding them. These are GROWN MEN doing this to TEENAGE GIRLS. Sorry, but just because the coach says do it, doesn’t mean shit. Had nothing to do with soccer practice. Sounds more like being a prick and feeling all domineering. Prick resigned because he was going to get fired, and he knew he crossed a line.

      • Reddog
        October 8, 2016 at 12:25 am

        Maybe he didn’t want to take a chance that a clown would waLk by and scare them.(the blindfolds)

        • The Operator
          October 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

          LOL Reddog.

      • Dom
        October 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm

        Something is not missing … it is all explained and is not unreasonable in any way. Soccer is a team sport and when playing on a team, you need to be able to effectively communicate with your teammates.

        Lets say you have the ball on a break away and as you head down field, your focused on ball control and the defenders you can see are at your 10 o’clock and 12. There are also defenders coming up on your 4, 6 & 8. team communication helps with stuff you can not see and allows you to continue to focus on ball control and what you can see.

        There are MANY team/trust exercises that involve blind folds. Such as the trust fall, where you blindly fall backwards from a slightly elevated surface and trust that the team will catch you. Mine Fields – where you are blind folded and your team verbally guides you around the mines or the opposite where your team verbally guides you toward the mines for you to collect. There are many, many more like this.

        “These are GROWN MEN doing this to TEENAGE GIRLS”

        Are you fucking serious? Would it make a difference if the coach was a GROWN WOMAN? No, wait … they should be able to coach themselves because the average 14-17 y/o girl now knows more than any adult… just ask them.

        Also, the “prick” was not the only one to quit. The assistant coach and the JV coach also quit. It was not because they feared being fired (which is hilarious). They quit because they have full time jobs and the small stipend they receive for coaching is not worth dealing with the whinny bullshit from narcissistic teenagers that think they know more than everyone.

        • duhuh
          October 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

          “you need to be able to effectively communicate with your teammates. ” – Yep, I hate it when in the World Cup, a team loses because they are blindfolded and don’t recall how to communicate with each other.

  • Libtards are cancer
    October 7, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I don’t mean to offend anyone here since you are all most likely from Massachusetts but this is what happens when you repeatedly elect these liberal pussies. The whole state is a bunch of fucking cry babies and it’s been going on for so long that a coach feels the need to resign because one of the precious snowflakes on his team couldn’t handle a simple drill. This story is so pathetic and so Massachusetts all at the same time. Please, stop electing people like Deval Patrick and Elizabeth Warren and grow a pair of nuts or ovaries.

    • Wabbitt
      October 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Trust me – we know. But the issue is that when we elect conservatives, they act like liberals. Otherwise they can’t get elected in this regressive suckhole.

  • Sal Monella
    October 7, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    At this point I feel all sports in all schools should be eliminated. The children should choose one sport at the beginning of the year and be given a State Championship Trophy one month later! Everyone will be a winner, no sports injuries, no rivalries. The money saved on transportation alone will allow MOSAIC to operate once again and support community creative accounting and timekeeping efforts.

    No need for gyms, those can be used to house refugees. No need for sports coaching staff, hire life coaches instead. Convert all athletic fields into organic gardens to feed the refugees and maybe test kinetic energy weapons.

    No more tests, everyone gets an A+ and graduates as Valedictorian! In fact, no need for teachers, they can work for the refugees, making IED’s.

    You see folks, there really is a possible Utopia. You just have to believe.

  • Idiocracy
    October 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    We used to do blindfolded bear crawls uphill………in the snow……..home and back………….. with our school books……for fun!!!!

  • GFY
    October 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Stories like this are why I wish that whole 76 cents on the dollar thing wasn’t a total lie.

    • Gerry Callahan
      October 7, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Also why I wish rape was legal.

      • Gloria S.
        October 9, 2016 at 9:38 am

        Then you’d finally get your chance to fuck your mother. like you’ve dreamed of. You’re a complete asshole. I hope someone rapes you up the asshole with a meat hook you fucking poor excuse for a human. Go tell your mother, sisters, wife, and daughters you’d like rape to be legal. I hope someone sets your puny dick on fire.

      • Kevins 9 Iron
        Kevi bashed in my skull
        October 11, 2016 at 8:58 am

        Gerry C. really gets under your skin huh? Which is exactly why I and thousand of others listen to him every morning. Please call in again tomorrow PUNK.

    • Wabbitt
      October 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      You know how I know the wage gap is a lie? Because of Rule 34, which states that if something exists – there’s porn of it on the internet.

      There’s no wage gap porn. BOOM. Explain that, feministos!

  • Bill
    October 7, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Their record is 7-1-1 right now… So he was doing something right up to this point…

    With all of the crap coach made us do back in the 80s-90s… Bear crawls would have been like a break.

  • Reddog
    October 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Bunch of girl scouts. Suck it up

  • UsualSuspect
    October 7, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Pathetic! I am officially embarrassed to live in this nation of pussies.

  • Dom
    October 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    “I don’t know what bear crawls have to do with soccer”

    My guess is overall strength and endurance training with, as the coach stated, some motivation lesson attached.

    The pussification is reaching shocking levels. At a certain point, society needs to come together and toughen up these precious little snowflakes.

    • Devils Mouthpiece
      October 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hell, who needs core strength to play any sport. What do you expect from a generation that grew up thinking exercise is pushing buttons on a game controller. Lame, really lame.

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