I apologize in advance because this is going to be sort of long. A few weeks ago we discussed youth sports and specifically psycho parents and coaches. If you read that discussion, you may recall that my son plays youth soccer. This isn't about psycho parents and coaches, however. It's about troublesome kids. Here's the story: This season my son moved up from an under 6 team to an under 8 team. U6 is basically five kids on a side running up and down the field following the ball with a goalie on each end. Because the field is so short, the goalies are only allowed to kick the ball -- just like the other players -- and can't use their hands. U8, on the other hand, has a larger field, larger goal and the kids have designated positions -- 3 on offense, 2 defenders and a goalie. A couple of weeks into practice, my son's coach came to me and said he thought my son might have the makings of a goalie. (Quick aside, my son's coach seems to be a good guy -- no yelling at the kids, has some soccer knowledge, etc.) My son is tall for his age, apparently has decent lateral movement, isn't afraid to pick up the ball when other kids are around and is bright enough to help move the defenders into place. The plan is to have my son work with the coach about 15 minutes before practice, then play about a half at goalie and about a half in other positions during the games to give both him and other players a chance to experience all the positions on the field. So far, so good. Then the season starts. My son plays some goalie, plays some in other positions. Makes a couple of spectacular saves. Gives up a few easy goals. Enjoys running the field. In short, plays like a kid. He's not the problem. The problem is there's a set of twins on the team who are seriously out of control. If they come to practice, they disrupt the whole routine the coach is setting up. They only want to play the positions they want to play and will pout if they have to play somewhere else. In addition, they're both chubby, uncoordinated and don't seem like the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree. To top it off, they're mean. Through the first three games of the season, they've pushed and spit on opposing players and yelled at referees. Fast forward to this past Saturday. My son's team had a double header, with games at 9 and 11. In the last quarter of the last game, my son was playing offense and one of the twins was in the goal. Right at the end of the game, the twin playing goalie kicks the ball out of the goal box (is that what it's even called? I don't know.) My son goes over to him to tell him that he can pick the ball up if he's in the box, he doesn't have to kick it. The twin punches him in the stomach. Unprovoked. Game stops, minor chaos ensues etc etc. Earlier in the game, the other twin -- while my son was in the goal -- was playing defense and stopped the ball. He turns it around and kicks it right into the net scoring a goal for the other team. The punching twin, earlier in the game, decided he didn't want to play offense and just sat down in the middle of the field refusing to move. So after the punch, I learned that the twins are being raised by people who aren't their parents. I don't know the story behind that. The foster dad said he was "going to tear him up" when they got home. I seriously doubt it. Here, finally, is where I need the advice. I don't want my son on a team with these little thugs. The league's board is meeting Tuesday to decide whether the twins can stay in the league or not. If they decide they have to leave, no problem. If they decide they can stay, do I take my son off the team? Am I overreacting? Thoughts?