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Youth football officials reportedly planning drastic safety changes for child athletes




Punter Ray Guy, No. 8 of the Los Angeles Raiders, kicks the ball past the Denver Broncos' rush during a 1985 game.
Punter Ray Guy, No. 8 of the Los Angeles Raiders, kicks the ball past the Denver Broncos' rush during a 1985 game.
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To help allay worried parents, U.S.A. Football, the national governing body for youth football, plans to phase in drastic rule changes aimed at making kids football safer for children, as reported by The New York Times.

“Among the rule changes: Each team will have six to nine players on the field, instead of 11; the field will be far smaller; kickoffs and punts will be eliminated; and players will start each play in a crouching position instead of in a three-point stance.”

However there are critics who think the modifications are not safe enough, while others say kids can’t get ready for high school football in a highly modified format.

Guest: 

Brad Garrett, Assistant Executive Director, Oregon School Activities Association - an official partner of USA Football’s Heads Up program