U.S. cable net Esquire Network is to begin airing the 10-episode docuseries Friday Night Tykes (pictured) in January.
Set in the rookies division in the San Antonio region of the Texas Youth Football Association, the series follows five teams of eight- to nine-year-old players throughout their 2013 season, from pre-season to the state championships.
The show will also delve into the pressures and issues raised by young children experiencing extreme training drills, heckling fans, and an expectation to deliver as an athlete while maintaining a childhood off the field.
“Football is a constant in many American men’s lives, from rooting for their favorite teams to watching or coaching their children who play,” said Matt Hanna, Esquire’s head of original programming, in a statement. “By opening a window on this incredibly competitive world, Friday Night Tykes also raises important questions about how we’re parenting our children.”
The series is produced by 441 Productions, Texas Crew Productions and Electro-Fish Films. The executive producers are Matt Maranz and Jason Sciavicco.
Friday Night Tykes will premiere on January 14 with two back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. PST and 10 p.m. EST/PST.