Did Disney’s Zero Tolerance for Violence Policy Unfairly Ruin Family Fun for Pop Warner Teams?

I’ve never been a big fan of collective punishment. It has its place in team events where you’re trying to build unity of purpose. But when applied outside the sports arena it can have unintended consequences. The family members of Pop Warner football teams certainly had no control over the actions of other players whose parents may or may not be on this trip. But they were forced to leave their rooms in the middle of the night anyway when Disney broadly applied its no violence ban across three teams whose members were involved in incidents earlier in the day.

These Pop Warner teams work hard to make it to Disney’s Wide World of Sports for the playoffs then have to do lots of fund raising so they can afford it. Disney then requires you to stay on property and buy a certain amount of tickets as well. So you’re kinda stuck with signing the group contract if you want your kids to play in the game they fought all season to get into. Sure, Disney writes the no tolerance policy into their group contract, but I still think it’s unreasonable to punish people for things that are out of their control.

Btw, it sounds like all the games in the Pop Warner tournament had been played when these incidents occurred. More at Central Florida News 13.