There is a video making the rounds on social media, showing Castle football players doing a drill that appears to be seriously dangerous.
The video was taken by a parent, who can be heard saying things like, “This is a concussion waiting to happen.” It also shows two players getting hurt, including one who is seen getting attention from coaches.
The school and the Hawaii Department of Education have taken steps to make sure the Knights coaches are not putting students in harm’s way with such drills.
Coach John Hao, who was not at the practice when the video was taken, referred all questions to the DOE. Castle athletic director Laynie Sueyasu could not be reached Friday.
“The video is from a practice that occurred in July,” DOE spokesperson Lindsay Chambers wrote in an email to Hawaii Prep World. “The concerns were brought to the school’s attention and were addressed immediately with their coaching staff. They have taken the necessary steps to ensure that their student-athletes won’t be participating in these types of drills in the future. This includes educating and retraining coaches on appropriate practice and training strategies.”
In the 1-on-1 drill on video, players ran straight at each other on a full sprint from 20 yards apart, one with the ball and the other tasked with tackling.