A state lawmaker on Thursday planned to unveil legislation that would ban children under age 12 from playing tackle football in Illinois, in an effort to reduce head injuries.
Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) has introduced the measure, dubbed the “Dave Duerson Act,” to the Illinois General Assembly. The bill is named after the late Chicago Bears defensive back, who took his own life in 2011.
Some youth football coaches argued the law would do more harm than good. Coaches with the Chicagoland Youth Football League came out adamantly against the proposal. They said, in pre-teen years, before hitting puberty, kids learn proper tackling and safety techniques.
Kids’ tackle football already is a thing of the past in the Park District of Highland Park, which canceled tackle football last year, due to sharply declining participation over concerns about head injuries.
Source: CBS Chicago