State Lawmaker Wants To Ban Youth Football in NYS
February 11, 2013
ALBANY, NY - State Senator Tom O Mara (R, Big Flats) is opposing a New York City legislator s proposal to ban youth football in New York State. This morning's New York Daily News reports that Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx) has introduced legislation to prohibit children younger than 11, from playing organized tackle football anywhere in the state.
"Talk about being out of bounds, not to mention out of touch," said Senator O'Mara. "What we need to ban is knee-jerk legislation. What s next? No more fastballs in Little League? Enough."
O'Mara also says the measure further demonstrates a penchant for overreaction by too many legislators.
First of all, it s a parental decision whether to allow a child to play football. Government has no place in that decision, O Mara said. "Pop Warner Football has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for millions of American kids. They take seriously their responsibility to provide an experience that s as safe and rewarding as possible. Youth football has given millions of kids a foundation of achievement, discipline, dreams, friendship, fun, physical fitness and teamwork so many of the ideals and values that make a healthy difference for young people."