House Bill Seeks to Ban Tackle Football for Grades 7 and Below

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A bill has been introduced in the Massachusetts house of representatives seeking to eliminate tackle football for children in grades 7 and below.

Bill H.2007 states,

No child in grade seven or under shall play, practice, or otherwise participate in organized tackle football; provided however, that nothing within this section shall prohibit children in grade seven or under from playing, practicing, or otherwise participating in any form of football which does not involve tackling.

The bill proposes a fine of $2,000 for the first violation and a $5,000 fine for the second violation. It would also impose a fine of $10,000 “if the violation results in serious physical harm to any participant or participants.”

The senate has concurred with the bill and the proposed legislation has been submitted to the committee on public health for further study and investigation. See H.5090.

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