7th Grade Football: An Endangered Species

When the New York Times reported last week that the Marshall (Texas) Independent School District was dropping 7th grade football because of the risk of concussion, it was old news.

The district actually released the information in February.

What follows is the explanation from Public Relations Officer David Weaver:

“At that particular age, some kids might be further along in their body’s changes. So this gives them an extra year to develop.

“This will allow the coaches to get in there and teach some fundamentals, get them in the weight room, and teach them proper technique. So by the time they are in the 8th grade they will be ready to play real football.
“I think they will gain confidence by knowing the correct way of doing things. It will also establish a better relationship with players and coaches.”
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