KCRA-TV reported Thursday that top officials at the Department of Justice were unaware that the helicopter - usually flown for drug busts - was being used to hover over the game at an El Dorado Hills high school.
The incident was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube. The station says it showed a Department of Justice agent dropping a football from the helicopter to his son, a player, on the field.
The cost to taxpayers for use of the chopper was between $900 and $1,300 for the stunt, not including the cost of personnel used to fly the aircraft.
Larry Wallace, director of law enforcement for the Department of Justice, said he will now personally approve any authorized use of the helicopter.