Football coaches struggle to recruit young players as more parents heed warnings about brain injury risks

“You guys better follow the ball!” yells Michael Wagner, coach of the El Segundo Little Eagles.The young football players, all of them under the age of 14, converge on the running back in a tangle of teenage limbs. Their skinny bodies and oversized helmets may give them the appearance of little bobbleheads, but the hits are so hard their parents can hear them from the stands.