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https://www.heraldnews.com/news/20190220/schmid-sponsors-bill-to-ban-tackle-football-for-kids-seventh-grade-and-younger

By Peter Jasinski
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at 3:51 PM     

FALL RIVER — Tackle football may be a thing of the past for Massachusetts’ preteen children if a bill recently filed in the state Legislature gets signed into law.

Sponsored by 8th Bristol District state Rep. Paul A. Schmid III and 20th Middlesex District state Rep. Bradley H. Jones Jr., An Act for No Organized Head Impacts to Schoolchildren would prohibit children in the seventh grade or lower grade levels from playing tackle football at school or in youth sports leagues.

Schmid — whose district includes portions of Fall River, Freetown, New Bedford, and Westport — said the bill has only just been filed and yet to be assigned to a committee for review. He explained that his decision to file the bill was motivated by growing concerns around traumatic brain injury and the lack of regulations surrounding such injuries in youth football.

“Soccer has age restrictions for head contact. Lacrosse has age restrictions. Hockey has age restrictions for head contact. Football doesn’t,” he said. “We otherwise wouldn’t want to get involved in youth sports, but it turns out (football) doesn’t have a national federation like those other sports.”

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Re: Massachusetts Lawmakers Propose Bill To Ban Youth Tackle Football
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2019, 06:55:59 PM »
The pussifacation of America continues.

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Re: Massachusetts Lawmakers Propose Bill To Ban Youth Tackle Football
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2019, 06:57:14 PM »
Let’s just ban all the things.
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Re: Massachusetts Lawmakers Propose Bill To Ban Youth Tackle Football
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 07:31:13 AM »
We need a Federal Central Ministry of Sport, so all these really important issues - from age limits to shoelace length - could be regulated from on high in Washington, DC.  It's just a shame that state legislatures have to worry themselves with such things, when they could be doing something like, oh, I don't know, fixing the damn roads?!?  *****rollingeyes*****
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