California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that limits contact in football practices during the season and prohibits it during the offseason. The Assemblyman Ken Cooley-sponsored bill states, “A high school or middle school football team shall not conduct more than two full-contact practices per week during the preseason and regular season.” The legislation limits such contact to 90 minutes per day and orders, “A high school or middle school football team shall not hold a full-contact practice during the off-season.” Similar bills have been introduced in Texas and Illinois without making any headway. A New York assemblyman has attempted to ban the sport for children under the age of eleven. School committee members outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Dover, New Hampshire have sought to ban the game in the public schools. Football plays safer than ever despite the rhetoric of politicians. Whereas the game averaged more than 25 collision deaths per season in the late 1960s, about four players a season (out of about four million annual participants) have died from hits during the last decade. The number stands as a fraction of the annual fatalities from skiing, skateboarding, or bicycle collisions. The
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