Lawmaker Wants To Ban Tackle Football For Young Kids

Mar 28, 2018

Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle

A New Jersey lawmaker wants to prohibit kids under the age of 12 from participating in organized tackle football games.

Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle says New York and several other states have proposed similar laws.

“I actually cringe, I get nervous, when I see young kids as young as six years old, we’re talking about, playing and banging their heads.”

Huttle says it’s dangerous for children to be exposed to constant blows to the head at the age when their brain is forming.

She says contact football without tackles would be a better alternative until kids get older and are properly trained about how to prevent sports injuries.

She expects opposition to the proposed ban but believes it will stimulate discussion on how to reduce the risk of neurological impairment.