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California Youth Football Alliance & American Youth Football join forces to advance the California Youth Football Act

California Youth Football Alliance (CAYFA) and American Youth Football (AYF) have announced a partnership “to accelerate the enthusiastic adoption” of California Youth Football Act, AB1, “the first and leading youth tackle football safety standard in America,” which was signed into law this past year. This partnership will create “unique value” for the California youth football community.

“This new relationship is born out of consistency in goals and beliefs across the CAYFA and AYF,” according to a press release. “We are both committed to special attention to safety, respect for all kids, and equal opportunities for all. AYF applauds the CAYFA for securing the safest standards in America for our members in the California youth tackle football community. Together, we seek to co-create plans, partnerships and implementation assets for the upcoming 2020 season, so that we can maximize compliance for the 2021 season, when AB1 goes into effect.”

AB1, sponsored by the CAYFA, was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 31, 2019 and contains a comprehensive set of tackle football safety standards, tailored specifically for the youth community in California. These standards create and reinforce practices that enhance current local and national level requirements that will serve California’s youth tackle football community well.

“This partnership cements AYF’s support of CAYFA’s approach to improving young athletes’ safety while offering them the opportunity to participate in a sport they love,” according to the release.

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High School Football Participation Rates Drop in California

High school football participation rates in California have declined, according to the 2016 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey.

While football continues to lead the top 10 boys’ sports in that state with 100,205 participants. That number represents a decrease by 3.39% (3,520 participants), for the first time since 2013.

The CIF’s 1,581 member schools participated in the survey as part of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) nationwide survey that measures the number of students competing in sports in the country.

 

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Former USC Player, Who Claims He Was Forced to Play While Concussed, Settles with School and Ex-Coach

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Brian Baucham, a former player on the University of Southern California football team, has reached a settlement with the school and his former head coach, Lane Kiffin, after claiming that he was forced to play too soon after a concussion, leading to permanent disabilities.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in September 2014, the plaintiff alleged that in September 2012 he suffered a concussion in a game. The next morning, he alleged, USC’s health clinic diagnosed him …

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