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    Should Organized Tackle Football Be Banned For Kids Under 14?






    Amid growing research into the dangers of football and declining youth participation rates, advocates want to start with what seems like a sensible change. Let's not talk about banning football altogether, they say. Let's just prevent children from playing tackle football until they're 14 years old, when their bodies are better equipped to handle the impact.

    With this shift, kids would grow up playing flag football before transitioning to tackle football in high school ó just like youth baseball players start with T-ball before learning to hit pitches from a machine, a coach and, eventually, live pitchers.

    "The kids donít lose anything in this situation," Chris Nowinski, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview. "Thereís no safety issue thatís known. Thereís no football development issue thatís known ó no childís being recruited off their fifth-grade film. So you end up with healthier children, still playing football ó just for fewer seasons of tackle."

    Last year, Nowinski's organization launched the Flag Football Under 14 campaign to educate parents on the risks of tackling before high school. He said there is growing evidence not only of a link between repeated brain trauma and neurodegenerative diseases like CTE, but also that brain trauma at young ages, when the brain is still developing, can have long-lasting effects.

    Most professional sports organizations have reacted to this research over the past decade by changing how they operate. US Soccer now bans heading before the age of 10. USA Hockey eliminated checking before 13. US Lacrosse now penalizes any contact to the head.

    "Footballís on an island," Nowinski, a former Harvard football player, said. "Itís the only sport now where children as young as 5 ... are getting hit in the head hundreds of times."

    While some parents and diehard football fans might fear that postponing tackling will put children at greater risk of injury in high school, Nowinski said there is "literally zero evidence" of that, dismissing the notion as "fear-mongering."

    One reason this shift has not already occurred is youth football does not have a centralized governing body, like some other sports. So any widespread changes would likely have to come from state lawmakers. Bills seeking to ban tackle football for kids under 12 or 14 have been proposed ó and failed ó in five states to date, though Massachusetts legislators just put forth their own bill last month.

    Though it might seem like a massive fundamental shift, to completely eliminate youth tackle football, Nowinski is confident it will happen, likely by legislative means ó and sooner than one might think.

    "I would say based on what I know today, that itís guaranteed to happen," Nowinski said. "And within five years."

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    No.

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    Depends on how you look at things.

    No it probably shouldn't.

    But when you consider we can't even spank or hardly reprimand our kids these days, then why should we allow them to play such a physical sport against each other.

    Complicated.

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    I'm an old school guy, but I see myself siding with the article here. There will be all kinds of time to teach tackling techniques in freshman football. You can at least learn the inner workings of football even if flags are involved. My kids have had a couple of friends that now have permanent leg issues after playing the game in middle school. Luckily don't know of any that had concussion issues. Kids should be protected while their bodies are developing for the same reason why NFL teams won't take a player until they are 21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt17 View Post
    No.
    The girl, where can we see more of her?

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    Andy Reid implemented the no tackle football policy with the Chiefs all year
    Always ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr KLC View Post
    My kids have had a couple of friends that now have permanent leg issues after playing the game in middle school.
    What kind of leg issues? Sounds strange. Was it even from contact?

    Kids under 14 can't really even hit hard enough to cause damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maggiethebestdog View Post
    Andy Reid implemented the no tackle football policy with the Chiefs all year
    Always ahead of the curve
    Good one

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    I just believe kids should stay in the same age groups. The hits aren't that hard with 2 10 year olds hitting each other. That's just my opinion.

    Where as... you have 2 16 year olds hitting each other.... produces more force. Older and stronger. You just hope as kids get older... they get wiser... and know how to protect themselves better.

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