“I know people take it like I’m trying to take away their football and what do I know?” Rep. Carol Sente said. “I don’t hate football."— Sean Hammond (@sean_hammond) January 25, 2018
Proposed 'Duerson Act' aims to prohibit tackle football for Illinois children under 12 https://t.co/IPiujiwRxH
There is a long-standing debate about when the right time is for children to begin participating in tackle football. In some places, you can begin as early as second grade; in others, tackle football does not begin until junior high. A bill introduced in Illinois would ban tackle football for pre-teen children, which brings the debate back to the forefront of the mind of sports parents. When is the right time for kids to begin playing tackle football? Should it be left up to the parents rather than legislation?
Dan Patrick offered his thoughts on The Dan Patrick Show today:
Former Packers QB Brett Favre said two weeks ago ahead of his role in the documentary on concussions, Shocked, that he'd rather see his grandkids play golf than football:
The immediate response from medical professionals and parent groups: why wasn't this done sooner?
So this won't be popular "down south," but it's so important. Chronic head trauma doesn't promote positive futures - it impacts cognitive function and mental health.— Jaclyn L Albin MD (@JaclynAlbin) January 26, 2018
Illinois rep wants age limit on tackle football over brain injury concerns https://t.co/6vvk8eNSzp via @usatoday
#424sport If it means few kids deal with brain injuries, I’m all for changing the games! Proposed Legislation Aims to Ban Tackle Football for Kids Under 12 in Illinois | NBC Chicago https://t.co/3WqE9HLw9A— Emily Langan 🙈 (@iheartsharpy) January 25, 2018
But, really, what age do kids start tackling anyways? Football is already in a bad way here, with some suburbs shutting down programs due to low turnout. I don't think that's only happening in Illinois, though.— Dave Wischnowsky (@wischlist) January 25, 2018
Hoo wee, people in Illinois really love tackle football for their elementary kids. Toxic masculinity comment spews all over FB today. Look dude dads, keeping your 8 yr old’s brain somewhat safer until middle school is not pussyfying him.— Rayne DeVivo (@devivo) January 26, 2018
An Illinois lawmaker is proposing that kids should not play tackle football before the age of 12! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— Mackenzie Carpenter (@mac_kay_carp) January 25, 2018
However, players, coaches, media, and other parents aren't so sure this is a good idea.
Years from now, people will look back at proposals such as this Illinois legislation to ban tackle football for kids. And they will see this as one more piece of the mosaic leading to the end of football. https://t.co/FribOyzuPl— Margaret Holt (@chicagomargaret) January 25, 2018
A lawmaker here in Illinois is trying to ban little league football....in pretty sure the state has some serious issues to deal with before worrying about this. #letthekidsplay— Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) January 25, 2018
I think don’t think there should be a set age. I think there should be more restrictions on these kid leagues as far as helmet and padded practices. Slow the game down and teach the kids https://t.co/zQWOgWTvg3— Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) January 25, 2018
Illinois parents — not lawmakers — should make the call on youth football https://t.co/2JC9FdBQiv— Alex Rodriguez (@alexrpak) January 26, 2018
Wait, I forgot where Illinois law mandates medical provisions for football? Where's that at? They're not leading the nation until they mandate that! And let's see how many more "concussion laws" they can come up with...— Mike Hopper, MS, ATC (@mnhopper1s) January 25, 2018
Something a lot of people don't get about youth football. When a kid starts playing at a relatively young age (9-10), you can teach them tackling fundamentals, heads up football. Start them at 13? They're going to be doing unsafe things at an age when they can do real damage— Doug Bucshon (@IllinoisRivals) January 25, 2018
Pop Warner doesn't support youth tackle football ban bill - CHICAGO (AP) The Pop Warner youth football program says it doesn't agree with banning football for young people after legislation was unveiled in Illinois prohibiting tackle football for chil... https://t.co/qkXkJ3W6e4— Social Media Sports (@Social_Media_g1) January 26, 2018
#TackleFootballBan STOP IT....you ban it at 12 and cause even more head injuries at the high school levels...theirs isn't even a youth organization state wide to control this...IESA doesn't have football....and everything else is local leagues...this should be locally mandated..— Illinois United Youth Sports (@IllinoisUnited1) January 25, 2018
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