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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)


  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


Organizations Supporting Ban On Tackle Football


Editorials/Opinion Pieces (Supporting Ban)

Editiorials/Opinion Pieces (Opposing Ban)


Further Reading

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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