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Youth Tackle Football—Proposed Legislation

With increasing attention focused on football and the risk of brain injury, legislation has been proposed in several states to ban youth tackle football. 

We created an interactive map and timeline to keep track of proposals and legislation.

There are only 6 states with active proposals. Hopefully, more states will follow over the coming months and we will keep the map (and this guide) updated with new developments.

Tackling In Youth Football: State by State

(click on a State for details of proposed legislation)

Instructions

  1. Click on a State for details of proposed legislation.
  2. States with current proposed legislation are highlighted in orange.
  • Timeline
  • Legislation By State (List)
  • Further reading/links
hide states with no current proposals

Alaska

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Alaska.

Alabama

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Alabama.

Arizona

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Arizona.

Arkansas

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Arkansas.

California

Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D – San Diego) introduced a bill called the “Safe Youth Football Act” in February 2018.

The bill was scheduled to be voted on by the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media on the 1st May, but was withdrawn on the 26th April.

On the 31st July 2019, California governor Gavin Newson signed a law that:

  1. Limits full contact practice to no more than 30 minutes per day for two days a week
  2. Bans full contact practice for youth football teams during the offseason
  3. Requires a medical professional to be present for all games
  4. Requires an independent person to attend all practice sessions, wit hthe authority to remove players showing signs of injury

Further Reading:

  1. East Bay Times
  2. AB-1 Youth athletics: California Youth Football Act
  3. Kevin McCarty
  4. SFGate
  5. San Diego Union-Tribune

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Colorado

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Colorado.

Connecticut

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Connecticut.

Delaware

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Delaware.

Florida

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Florida.

Georgia

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Georgia.

Hawaii

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Hawaii.

Idaho

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Idaho.

Illinois

“The Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE” was unveiled in January 2018, and proposes to ban tackle football for children under the age of 12 in the state of Illinois.

The bill was introduced by State Rep. Carol Sente, a democrat from Vernon Hills.

On the 1st March 2018, the bill passed out of the Illinois House mental health committee on an 11-9 vote. The bill will now pass to the full House for a full debate and vote.

On the 5th March 2018, State Rep. Carol Sente announced that she was withdrawing the proposed legislation from consideration pending amendments.

Further reading:

  1. Sports Illustrated
  2. Chicago Tribune
  3. The State Journal Register
  4. WJOL

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Indiana

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Indiana.

Iowa

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Iowa.

Kansas

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Kansas.

Kentucky

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Kentucky.

Louisiana

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Louisiana.

Maine

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Maine.

Maryland

In February 2018, State Del. Terri Hill filed a bill in the Maryland General Assembly to ban tackle football for children under 14.

The bill also proposes that concussion education be required before children over 14 are allowed to participate in tackle football.

Additionally, there are proposals for restrictions in headers (soccer) and checking (lacrosse) before high school.

On the 5th March 2018, The Maryland House of Delegates, Ways and Means Committee voted to rejected legislation which would have prohibited tackling in football and heading in soccer by kids in elementary and middle school.

Further reading:

  1. Baltimore Sun
  2. Baltimore Sun

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Massachusetts

In February 2019, 8th Bristol District state Rep. Paul A. Schmid III and 20th Middlesex District state Rep. Bradley H. Jones Jr. sponsored “An Act for No Organized Head Impacts to Schoolchildren” which would prohibit children in the seventh grade or lower grade levels from playing tackle football at school or in youth sports leagues in the state of Massachusetts.

Further reading:

  1. The Herald News
  2. Daily Free Press

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Michigan

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Michigan.

Minnesota

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Minnesota.

Mississippi

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Mississippi.

Missouri

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Missouri.

Montana

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Montana.

Nebraska

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Nebraska.

Nevada

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Nevada.

New Hampshire

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for New Hampshire.

New Jersey

In March 2018, legislation was introduced by Assembly member, Vainieri-Huttle which would prohibit children under the age of 12 from participating in tackle football programs offered by a youth team organization.

Further Reading:

  1. TAPinto

New Mexico

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for New Mexico.

New York

The Assembly Health Committee earlier this year voted to advance NY A 1269 (17R), which would have banned tackle football for children under 12, and NY A5745 (17R), which would have mandated that parents receive information on concussions if their child is playing tackle football. Neither bill passed.

Further reading:

  1. New York Times
  2. CBS Local
  3. Lohud

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North Carolina

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for North Carolina.

North Dakota

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for North Dakota.

Ohio

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Ohio.

Oklahoma

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Oklahoma.

Oregon

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Oregon.

Pennsylvania

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Pennsylvania.

Rhode Island

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Rhode Island.

South Carolina

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for South Carolina.

South Dakota

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for South Dakota.

Tennessee

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Tennessee.

Texas

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Texas.

Utah

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Utah.

Vermont

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Vermont.

Virginia

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Virginia.

Washington

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Washington.

West Virginia

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for West Virginia.

Wisconsin

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Wisconsin.

Wyoming

We are not aware of any current pending legislation for Wyoming.

About The Authors

This information was compiled by Shana De Caro & Michael V. Kaplen to impart significant material on legislative proposals to restrict tackle football and prevent brain injury and brain damage in our nation’s youth.

The authors were amicus counsel to the Brain Injury Association of America and wrote the amicus briefs on behalf of the Association to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court opposing the NFL class action brain injury settlement proposal. Shana De Caro is the secretary and member of the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America. Michael V. Kaplen chairs the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council and is past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State. They have each chaired the Traumatic Brain
Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, are co-authors of the “Current Issues in Neurolaw” Chapter in Traumatic Brain Injury: Defining Best Practice, Psychiatric Clinics of North America, and serve on the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

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