I'm always excited when football season starts but unfortunately, this season has had a few 'wet blankets' thrown on it already. It's sad to see stories like this school in Sonoma County, CA cancelling varsity football. https://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/8680510-181/healdsburg-high-shelves-varsity-football Closer to home, two schools in my area near Chapel Hill, NC have done the same.
Make no mistake - the sport of football is under attack! Declining participation due to parent concerns of CTE are the cause.
I was at the USA Football National Conference (youth football governing body) in Orlando last February. Representative from the NFL were front and center discussing ideas on keeping the sport strong.
To those of you who have concerns about putting your child in tackle football I would offer the following suggestions...
1. Consider your child’s age and physical maturity level
My son didn't play tackle football until he was in the 8th grade and he went on to have a tremendous experience through high school. The fact of the matter is, because of the type of kids and coaches that he got around, it literally changed his life in an extremely positive way!!
2. Consider the many recent changes to football that have made the sport dramatically safer