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Pop Warner Football Limits Practice Contact

From ESPN:

Pop Warner to limit practice contact

By Tom Farrey | June 13, 2012

In a move that challenges the longtime culture of America’s most popular game, Pop Warner will introduce new rules to limit contact drills to one-third of practice time, and ban full-speed, head-on blocking and tackling drills in which players line up more than 3 yards apart.

How soon will it be before teaching that tackling someone is considered to be a ‘hate crime’?

The rules will go into effect starting with the 2012 season, when Pop Warner will become the first nationwide league at any level of football to restrict the amount of contact players experience.

Pop Warner is expected to announce the rules Wednesday, after a meeting of its medical committee.

"There are times when people and organizations have to evolve, and this is that time," said Dr. Julian Bailes, a neurosurgeon and chair of the Pop Warner Medical Advisory Board. "For the future of the sport, we need to morph it now and take the unnecessary head contact out of the game. If parents were considering allowing their child to play football, this (move) should assure them."

The oldest and largest national youth football organization, Pop Warner adds the rules on the heels of several studies highlighting the health risks in youth football. A Virginia Tech study published this year showed that some hits among second graders pack as much force as those seen at the college level.

And we are supposed to believe this.

Last year, researchers also discovered a deceased teenage player suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative disease of the brain generally associated with athletes who experience repetitive hits to the head.

Bailes said his committee was particularly swayed by research suggesting that brains can be damaged not only from the big hits seen more commonly at the high school and adult levels but from smaller, more repetitive, sub-concussive blows experienced by players at all levels. Also, he said, most head injuries happen in practice

Coaches will be allowed no more than 40 minutes of contact during a practice, or one-third of total practice time each week

The second rule change prohibits full-speed, head-on blocking or tackling drills in which players line up more than 3 yards apart. Having two linemen in stances immediately across from the line of scrimmage from each other is allowed, according to Pop Warner rules. Coaches may conduct full-speed drills in which the players approach each other at an angle, but not straight ahead into each other. And there should be no head-to-head contact

Last year, the Ivy League announced that its teams will be limited to only two full-contact practices a week during the season, compared with a maximum of five under NCAA rules

And never mind that if you don’t practice, you are probably more likely to get hurt while playing.

By the way, has anyone noticed any reduction in the violence in our culture with the reduction of violence in sports? We realize that is not the specific goal in these changes, but it is undoubtedly the agenda for some of the people pushing them.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Pop Warner Football Limits Practice Contact”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    It’s clearly the helmets that are causing injuries. Therefore we must play football without a helmet. Gerald Ford did and look how well he turned out.

  2. wirenut says:

    Clearly, the only safe & healthy sports come from video gaming. Duh? Hey, were’s my case of Twinkies?

  3. AcornsRNutz says:

    Second graders hit as hard as college kids. Does anyone even read what they report anymore? That is ludicrous.

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