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    Pop Warner rule changes

    Limiting contact in practice. I like the rules. My son is a 6th grader this coming year and some of those kids pack a serious punch. He does not play in the Pop Warner league but I am glad to see someone start to change the rules.

    Pop Warner toughens safety measures by limiting contact in practice - ESPN


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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    Even in high school practices it might be a good idea to do stuff like this. A lot of my buddies got concussions from tackling drills like the ones describe and in the heat I saw a kid get knocked out cold.



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    Yeah I agree. NFL and College are starting to go half speed on tackling drills to avoid injuries. Yet somehow High School and youth leagues still think it's a good thing to go full speed.


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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    I like this. I coach 8th grade football and once we start the season most of our practices are half speed with maybe one day a week of a little contact. From that point on we are just working reps of O and D and fine tuning anything that needs it for the next game. I have also noticed that by game time my boys are ready to hit somebody.


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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    And the pussification of America's youth continues....



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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    And the pussification of America's youth continues....
    Ya Junior Seau and Dave Duerson were giant *******... nothing bad happened from them sustaining many many blows to the head over the course of their life.



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    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    And the pussification of America's youth continues....
    As long as there are still BB guns, bottle rockets, and older brothers I am not too worried.



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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    The best way to coach tackling is clearly to not have the player tackle. Ever.



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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    And the pussification of America's youth continues....
    This is not pussification. This is protecting kids. Not making kids wimps. Still full speed in games. Just not in practice.


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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    Ya Junior Seau and Dave Duerson were giant *******... nothing bad happened from them sustaining many many blows to the head over the course of their life.
    Yes, Junior Seau offed himself for what could have been any myriad of reasons. The best course of action is to blame all of football and trumpet it as if it proves any logical point at all.



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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    Quote Originally Posted by CYphyllis View Post
    The best way to coach tackling is clearly to not have the player tackle. Ever.
    I believe they are doing away with head on tackling but can still approach at an angle.



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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    Quote Originally Posted by CYphyllis View Post
    The best way to coach tackling is clearly to not have the player tackle. Ever.
    Exactly. Less reps will improve form. I am certain of that

    I agree the overzealous Dads who have their players do angle and pursuit drills can probably get carried away, but the game is about contact. But we dont want contact in practice? I guess Allen Iverson was right.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone06 View Post
    Exactly. Less reps will improve form. I am certain of that

    I agree the overzealous Dads who have their players do angle and pursuit drills can probably get carried away, but the game is about contact. But we dont want contact in practice? I guess Allen Iverson was right.

    This.

    Guess what? If you don't want to have your kid get hurt playing football, don't have him play football. If you do have him play, he is going to get hurt. It's part of the game.

    Do I think some coached take it to far? Absolutely. But saying you can only hit for 33% of a practice is ridiculous.



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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    This.

    Guess what? If you don't want to have your kid get hurt playing football, don't have him play football. If you do have him play, he is going to get hurt. It's part of the game.

    Do I think some coached take it to far? Absolutely. But saying you can only hit for 33% of a practice is ridiculous.
    I am with you 100%.



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    Re: Pop Warner rule changes

    33% seems fair to me. Defensive drills such as tackling drills describe(full contact)33%, Skeleton practice(offense and defense,20%), offensive drills(33%), special teams(14ish). Seems like if youre spending more than 33% of the time doing hitting drills youre ignoring other aspects of the game.



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