You never want to see your child get hurt. If you are a parent, we strongly recommend you delay enrolling your child in tackle football until the age of 14.
Studies have shown youth tackle football players can take 500 hits to the head in a single season. According to the CDC, research to date suggests the neurodegenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is caused in part by both concussions and repeated hits to the head that do not cause symptoms, called subconcussive head impacts.
By waiting to enroll your child in tackle football until age 14, you are limiting their years of exposure to these dangerous hits and greatly reducing their risk of developing CTE.
Until tackle football is proven safe for the developing brain, we urgently recommend parents only enroll their children in flag and other non-tackle versions of football before age 14.
Fill out the form below to learn more about our Flag Football Under 14 program and how you can protect your child's developing brain. We encourage you, in turn, to educate your own community on this important issue.