Vote: Should There Be a Minimum Age for Playing Tackle Football?

By Tonka Dobreva 04.23.2018 interact

A new California bill aims to place a minimum age requirement for playing tackle football. The bill, which if approved will go in effect on January 1, 2020, prohibits people under the age of 12 from playing tackle football with a youth sports organization.

Proponents of the bill say setting an age restriction will prevent young athletes from getting concussions that can lead to long-term brain injuries. But those who oppose the bill say that the sport is safer than ever, with better ways of monitoring head trauma.

We want to know what you think — should there be a minimum age for playing tackle football? Vote and tell us your opinion in the comments section below. We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show.


  1. Kaitlyn

    Why do you want to mess up their fun?!?!
    I get it you don’t want them to get hurt. Think of a solution so they can!!!

  2. riley

    their should not

  3. Odor Ban

    For years they have been kids playing football since the age of 4

  4. Cara Owens

    You shouldn’t just single out one sport. You can get a concussion from anything. Kids wouldn’t learn the basics of football and they can get seriously injured if they don’t know what they are doing.

  5. Brady Rodgers

    I say yes, because I’d not want to see people get hurt in major dangerous sports like football!

  6. Cole Miller

    A study done prevented children under 11 to headbutt a ball in soccer so you have a more likely chance of getting a concussion in soccer than in football. #footballforlife

  7. Dylan Newbold

    no, i agree to the kid on the show it is unfair to football for being targeted and if they put a age limit on football then you have to put an age limit on most sports football is safer than it’s ever been and you have a much better chance of getting a concussion playing rugby, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and many more. concussions are just a part of sports it is not okay to put it all on football

  8. Tara

    There have been many improvements made to the football helmets to protect players. Pushing the age of eligibility to 12 limits the amount of time a child can play the sport.

  9. Ryan risdall

    I think that there should be a minimum age because when you are younger your bones are weaker.

  10. Marques harper

    No because it is more safe then baseball you can get injured bad the worst that can happen is that someone gets a hurt arm


    No my entire family plays sports and have no brain damage.

  12. Gyler Tee

    Bruhh I love America!!!

  13. Kirstin

    There should not be an age limit for playing tackle football, it should be the parents or guardians decision to let their child play. And if the child wants to get better at the sport they should start young.

  14. Talia

    There should not be a minimum age for tackle football. There are many people who prefer to play a game of tackle football rather than flag football. I think there should be a minimum age because many people do like to start young and progress as they age.

  15. Treyrena

    We should be allowed to play at any age and not be limited.

  16. Morgan

    No, there should not be a age limit because if you want to get better at the sport you will have to practice and by starting earlier in your life it will help you get better.

  17. Landen Jenaman

    No, because there should not restriction to kids under the age of twelve, if the parents wants to sigh their kids up for football it’s there choice.

  18. Treyrena

    There should not be an age limit for playing tackle football, because a kid shouldn’t be limited to the amount of things that they can do.

  19. Cody

    There should not be a minim age to play football because it is the child’s chose if they want to play it or not.

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