Canada is taking steps to ban tackle football for kids 12 and under because of player safety concerns. According To Yahoo News:
Football Canada, the sanctioning body for American football in the country, has approved a full-squad tackle football ban for kids under 13 starting in 2022. Tackle football participation in the country has dwindled considerably in recent years amidst rising awareness of the impact of head trauma on brain health
"Support for football in this country is underwhelming and disappointing… at times it can feel like it’s under attack."
CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie addressing Canadian govt hearing on sports concussions. He says 100K Canadian youth play football, down 40% over past decade. pic.twitter.com/rJKaKGli7q
— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) April 3, 2019
The tackle football ban applies to 12-on-12 games (Canadian tackle football as an extra player on the field). Kids from 10-12 years old will still be allowed to play tackle football in 6-on-6 and 9-on-9 leagues. Players 8 and under are currently banned from playing tackle football.
During his speech to the Canadian government Wednesday, Ambrosie also asked for funding for mental health evaluations of all Canadian Football League players.
Do you think this is the right move by Canada? Should the USA follow suit?