The Fort Worth Youth Soccer Association began to notice a disturbing trend where parents were giving their kids hits of energy drinks like Amp, Jolt, Red Bull, and Monster. The problem is, unlike sports drinks which serve to replenish the body, energy drinks can deplete it and are mainly caffeine carriers. So the league banned them. Watch the report here. Tried to embed it, but wouldn’t work.

We haven’t seen this trend on our fields yet, but it wouldn’t shock me. I had a player bring glucose gel or something to a match one time and that got her a stern talking to about not needing artificial stimulants. Hard work, plenty of fluids, and eating right. It was a minor thing, but scary because of the thinking behind it.

What do you think? Smart idea by the soccer league, or too meddlesome?