Massachusetts Lawmakers Considering Banning Youth Tackle Football

BOSTON – Massachusetts lawmakers will hold a hearing today, October 22, to consider a bill that would ban tackle football before grade 8.

Hearing on H.2007 is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the State House.

State Representatives Paul A. Schmid, III and Bradley H. Jones, Jr.filed H.2007 to prevent the practice of tackle football for children in grade seven or under. The bill is titled “An Act for no organized head impacts to schoolchildren.”

California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey, state legislators have introduced similar bills, but none have passed.

Canada will begin enforcing a national ban on tackling for children under 12 in 2022.

Youths could play flag or another form of football, but not tackle, under the bill.

Under the Massachusetts proposal, any school or league caught violating the ban would face a $2,000 fine.

There is a $10,000 fine, if a player is seriously injured.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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