In a surprising, yet unsurprising move, Governor Gavin Newsom came out against Youth Sports lately. Can you imagine your youth without sports? Whether you played or not, it was likely a major factor in your younger days. Think back to playing on the gridiron or watching your friends play with full glee and abandon. Why take such a memory away?
Unfortunately for the state of California, Governor Newsom did such a thing lately by standing against the ability for parents to choose the sport for their kids. KPIX reported on the bill he signed recently. The new law states that parents are limited in what they choose to sign their kid up for full-contact football, even if they sign a waiver. This also means that kids cannot choose to join such a football team on their own volition.
According to the article:
Wednesday, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law to limit full contact practices for youth football teams to no more than 30 minutes per day for two days per week. The law bans full-contact practices for youth football teams during the offseason.
…also requires a medical professional be present for all games and an independent person attend all practices with the authority to remove players who show signs of an injury.
The law is aimed at preventing a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Researchers are studying the diseases’ link to frequent blows to the head, which occur more often in sports like football.
Such restrictions are done with good intentions, but often without the will or role of parents and players involved. Further research shows the danger of TBIs, but not always how they develop in contact sports. The parents and kids deserve a chance to choose and not just a nanny state telling them what to do.