Jun 13, 2012
Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading, one of the oldest and largest youth sports organizations in the country, announced new restrictions for the 2012 season that are aimed at keeping kids safe.
Effective this fall, drills with full speed head-on contact where players are more than 3-yards apart from one another are prohibited.
But the biggest change deals with all kinds of contact in practice. New rules will only allow 40 minutes of contact at practice each day, or a total of one-third of practice time for a week.
The rule changes mean Pop Warner is the first youth football organization to officially limit contact during practices.
A number of area communities have Pop Warner programs that participate in the Consolidated Football Federation.
The rule changes announced Tuesday were developed by Pop Warner's medical advisory board as part of its effort to reduce the risk of concussions.