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youth football

April 2, 2019

Study finds most parents want age restrictions on tackle football

A new survey found that the majority of parents would support age restrictions on when their children are able to begin playing tackle football. Researchers surveyed 1,025 parents of children ages 5 to 18 years. Here are some of the key findings,...


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March 21, 2019

Virginia Tech releases inaugural ratings for youth football helmets

From Virginia Tech University The majority of people playing football in the U.S. aren’t NFL players or collegiate athletes — they’re youth players, less than 14 years old. But until now, there hasn’t been independent data evaluating the e...


February 28, 2019

Massachusetts bill aims to ban tackling in youth football

Massachusetts lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban tackle football statewide until the eighth grade. The bill was filed last month and has bipartisan support, though its too early to tell if that support is widespread throughout the leg...


March 2, 2018

Illinois House committee advances tackle football ban

An Illinois House committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would ban tackle football statewide for children under the age of 12. The bill now heads to the full House, where legislators will debate and vote on the measure. The Mental Health Commi...


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September 28, 2017

USA Football ‘Adopt a League’ initiative helps programs after natural disasters

From USA Football USA Football, in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, today introduced its “Adopt a League” program. The initiative identifies youth and scholastic football programs that have been adversely affected by the three stor...


June 26, 2017

Warren Sapp: Eliminate tackling in youth football leagues

NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp says changes must be made to improve the long-term health of football players, and that starts by eliminating tackling in all youth leagues. [caption id="attachment_24204" align="alignright" width="271"] NFL Hall of F...


June 8, 2017

USA Football introduces Rookie Tackle pilot program

From USA Football Rookie Tackle, a bridge game between flag football and 11-player tackle, is designed to introduce young athletes to tackle football. In alignment with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s American Development Model (ADM), USA Football ...


July 13, 2016

Concussion worries force Pa. town to end youth tackle football

Concerns over concussions have forced a Pennsylvania community to drop tackle football for its youth programs. The Windber Youth Football League (Windber, Pennsylvania) switched from flag to tackle football six seasons ago, but concussion worries ...