Brock Ripley and his friends play soccer at the park.
Then Brock observes an Asian family eating and Brock eyes the boy who is being harassed by two older white men.
This event is crucial for the progression of the novel because without it the entire theme of the book and the peer pressure surrounding Brock would not be a concern. This situation forces Brock to choose for the majority of the book between popularity or doing the right thing and changes Brock as a person throughout the book as he learns to be more aggressive on the field when making plays and off of it while defending Richie.
Brock enters school and looks at the ceiling.
Brock observes one of Richie's "Fear The Fang" posters with the "n" crossed out.
This event is crucial to the progression of "Gutless" because this is the first time that Brock was an upstander and did what was right for Richie while everyone else was laughing and thus taught Brock to be more aggressive.