The state of California will curb full-contact practices for young football players in an attempt to prevent brain trauma, according to the Associated Press.
A bill to limit such practices to 30 minutes per day, two times a week was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week. The law bans the practices completely in the offseason.
Assembly Bill 1, sponsored by Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, also calls for youth coaches to seek annual certification. The training, according to KCRA.com, must be by a national program that places priority on shoulder tackling, safe contact and blocking in order to reduce head injuries.
The bill passed the state Assembly in May and the Senate last month.
In California, previous law had limited full-contact practices for those of middle and high school-aged teams to 90 minutes per day, twice a week.
The new law also calls for medical professionals to be present for games. The individuals will be allowed to judge if players should be removed once they show signs of impairment.
“To keep this sport alive, we’ve got to do what’s best for everybody, you know, to keep kids healthy and safe,” Serra High School football coach Dru Smith told NBC7 San Diego in response to the new law.
– Staff reports
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