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Youth Tackle Football Ban

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The state of California was the first state to propose a ban on youth tackle football for players under the age of 14. Pop Warner is a tackle football league for kids before high school football for ages 7 to 15. The league has been established since 1992. As of April 27, 2018, the law was pulled before the committee voted. This means the law was never voted on. However, this law may still be voted on and taken into action.

This ban was proposed because of the concussions that can often occur in football. According to State Assembly members Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), it would stop long-term brain damage because it would eliminate repeated blows to the head. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, at least 26 prominent neuroscientists would disagree. Studies have shown that there is the same number of injuries in flag football and Pop Warner football. Studies have also shown that there are more head injuries in flag football than in Pop Warner.

Here are some students who spoke on the ban.

Fifth grader Nolan Sullivan said, “Football is good for some people and not for others. It’s their choice to play or not. It’s also good strength training.”

Eighth grader Scott Sullivan said, “The idea of the ban is bad. Football is America’s favorite sport, so it shouldn’t be banned.”

LCC’s Pop Warner league has already gotten rid of the unlimited age group for Pop Warner. This means that if someone weighs over 185 pounds, he cannot play. hi hey

Sixth grade teacher Mrs. Karen Klenk said, “I think football is a great sport to watch. However, I would never put my son in pads. It is too dangerous.”

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Youth Tackle Football Ban