On September 15th there was a Pop Warner football game for 10-12 year-old’s; it did not end so well for the Tantasqua team, getting drubbed 52-0. However, that was not the only story line of the game. Evidently five players suffered a concussion is this ONE game, which resulted in discipline;
The five children missed various numbers of school days because of their injuries, and one has not returned to the field.
The coaches, Southbridge’s Scott Lazo and Tantasqua’s Erik Iller, were suspended for the remainder of the season and placed on probation through the 2013 season after a lengthy hearing Thursday conducted by Central Mass. Pop Warner.
The association presidents, Lazo’s brother, Doug Lazo of Southbridge, and Iller’s wife, Jen Iller of Tantasqua, also were placed on probation through the 2013 season because they attended the game and failed to take action, according to the hearing committee.
In addition, the three officials who worked the game have been permanently banned by Central Mass. Pop Warner.
“Having multiple concussions in one game is something that should never happen, ever,’’ said Patrick Inderwish, president of Central Mass. Pop Warner. “One concussion is too many.’’
If you read the article you will notice Chris Nowinski’s comments regarding the detection of concussion in this age or younger; yet another reason to give serious thought about playing collision football that young. Pop Warner and USAFootball are trying very hard to create a safe environment, I see it and appreciate it. What they are not doing is working on alternatives for kids and continue to grasp the old school mentality.
Times have changed, perhaps its time to rethink collision football for kids.