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USA Football - Ban youth tackle football in discussion

posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:07 PM by SDPW webmaster   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 12:09 PM ]
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As proposed state legislation to ban youth tackle football is discussed in California, Illinois,
Maryland and New York, it is important that lawmakers recognize the forward-thinking
steps taken by the youth football community.

The attached document articulates the continued improvements we’ve accomplished
together as well as known science regarding youth and scholastic tackle football. You are
encouraged to share this document as you deem appropriate.
In California, a change.org petition titled, “Save Youth Football in California,” has gained
more than 40,000 signatures. This petition calls upon California state lawmakers to prevent
passage of this proposal and allow parents to own the decision to consider tackle football
programs for their children.

Parents, not lawmakers, should own the decision to consider youth tackle football programs
for their children. We continue to emphasize that Entry Points and Options + Coaching Education
+ Continued Improvements in Football = Positive Experiences
for young athletes and their families. 

Yesterday in Illinois, an unannounced hearing took place to consider House Bill 4341, the
CTE Prevention Act. Due to the hearing not being publicly noticed (as is standard practice)
no opposing witnesses were alerted in time to testify against a bill banning youth tackle football
under age 12. The bill was passed out of committee, and will move forward to the state’s House
of Representatives. From there, the Senate will take it up.

In addition, a Maryland House Committee hearing will take place today at 1 p.m. ET to
discuss that state’s youth tackle football ban for athletes below the 9th grade level: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2018rs&id=HB1210

We will continue to keep you informed, and thank you for your continued support.

Josh Huber
Regional Manager, Youth | West Region
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