Possible plan to take tackling out of youth football for players under 12

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Published on October 30, 2019 - Duration: 02:16s
Possible plan to take tackling out of youth football for players under 12
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Possible plan to take tackling out of youth football for players under 12

GOOD EVENING.THE YOUTH FOOTBALLSEASON IS JUABOUT OVER.BUT THERE IS AN IDEASOME SAY WOULDMAKE THE GAMSAFER FOR YOUNGERPLAYERS.7 EYEWITNESS NEWSREPORTER NIKKIDEMENTRI LOOKS ATTHE PLAN TO TAKETACKLING OUT OF THEGAME.WHEN IT COMES TOFOOTBALL...I TRIED OUT ANDREALLY LOVED IT.AMHERST MIDDLESCHOOLER MICHAELMALDANDO CAN'TWAIT FOR NEXTSEASON.BUT HISMOM--JENNIFER--WASN'T ALWAYS SOSURE ABOUT THE IDEAOF TACKLE FOOTBALL.MICHAEL IS SPECIALNEEDS, HE IS AUTISTIC.SO WHEN HEAPPROACHED ME ATTHE END OF 6THGRADE AND SAID MOM,I WANT TO PLAYFOOTBALL, I WAS LIKEHOLY COW WHAT DO IDO?AND MANY PARENTSFACE THE SAMQUESITON: DO YOUALLOW YOUR YOUNGCHILD TO PLAY TACKLEFOOTBALL?THAT QUESTION BEINDISCUSSED AT APUBLIC HEARINGDOWNSTATE TUESDAKIDS NEED TO AVOIDTHE RISK FOR AS LONGAS POSISBLELAWMAKERS INVITEDTHE PUBLIC TODISCUSS PROPOSEDLEGISLATION THATWOULD BAN CHILDRENUNDER 12 FROMPARTICIPATING INTACKLE FOOTBALL...THOSE IN FAVOR,POINT TO THE RISK OFCONCUSSIONS ANDC-T-E.THE MORE EXPOSURETO HITS OVER A LONGPERIOD OF TIME, THEMORE CHANCE OF TBRAIN BEINGDAMAGED, ESPECIALLYWHEN IT'S NOTDEVELOPED YENIKKI: THE SEASON'SWRAPPED UP, ARE YOUGUYS GOING TO BEKEEPING A CLOSEWATCH ONEVERYTHING THAT'SHAPPENING IN NYC ANDALBANY ABOUT THIS?RAY: ABSOLUTELY.WE'RE ACTUALLYWATCHINGNATIONWIDE.RAY TURPIN...HEADSTHE THIRD LARGESTFOOTBALL LEAGUE INTHE STATE...THENIAGARA ERIE YOUTHSPORTS ASSOCIATION.2,000 PLAYERSACROSS 17ORGANIZATIONS INWESTERN NEWYORK...MODIFIEDTACKLING STARTS ASEARLY AS 5I DON'T BELIEVE THATTHERE SHOULD BE ABAN, I BELIEVE ITSHOULD BE A PARENTSCHOICE.HE SAYS WITH ALL THEMODERNIZEDEDUCATION ANDTRAINING FORPLAYERS ANDCOACHES - THE GAMEIS SAFER NOW THANEVER BEFORE.I BELIEVE THERE ISGONG TO BE MOREPROBLEMS IF YOU WAITUNTIL LATER TOACCUSTOM THESE KIDSIN TEACHING THEM THEFUNDAMENTALS OFHOW TO TACKLE, HOWTO BLOCK HOW TO USYOUR BODY PROPERLYWITH THE EQUIPMENT.JENNIFER AGREES,SAYING WITH THERIGHT EDUCATION ANDSAFETY MEASURES,SHE'S COMFORTABLELETTING HER SONPLAY TACKLEFOOTBALL.WHY AREN'T THEYLETTING KIDS BE KIDSWHY ARE THEY TRYINGTO TAKE MORE AWAYFROM KIDS?NOW THIS ISN'T THEFIRST TIMELEGISLATION LIKE THISHAS BEEN PRESENTEDIN NEW YORKSTATE...AND NEWYORK ALSO ISN'T THEONLY ONE EXLORINGTHIS BAN...SEVERALOTHER STATES LIKEMASSACHUSETTESSIMILAR PROPOSEDLEGISLATION TOAS FOR WHAT'S NEXTHERE IN THE EMPIRESTATE...THAT'S STILLUP IN THE AIR.LIVE IN STUDIO, NIKKIDEMENTRI, 7EWN.

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