Pop Warner, the oldest youth football organization in the country, will eliminate its position in its three youngest divisions – Little Puppy (5 to 7), Mitey Mish (7 to 9) and Junior Piy (8 to 10) ). ) – Season 2019. Starting with September, players in these divisions will no longer be able to put their hands on the ground before they catch the ball. The fear is that this position lowers the heads of the players, making them more inclined to lead with their heads and put them in a more vulnerable position to injure the head.
Now players have to be upright or in a more modified position with their hands on their feet.
"We believe this change is another step in creating a safer and better football experience for young people," said John Butler, Executive Director of Pop Warner. "We are Changing the Way players get to know the sport and how they learn to play the game. We also set the stage for the higher levels of play to accept the change. "
Pop Warner's plan is to completely eliminate the position, but there is no tight schedule, and the League staff are planning to use this season to appreciate the change. "Removing the three-point position should reduce the force between the lines and we expect to reduce unwanted contact with the helmet of the line," said Dr. Julian Bales, Chairman of the Pop Warner Medical Advisory Committee,
Pop Warner will also eliminate the start of his division from Pee Wee (from 9 to 1
The start creates a risk of head injury as it can to lead players who move and deal with particularly high speeds
After the result or at the start of the half, the ball will now be placed on the 35 yard line.