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Offline jrk5150

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Re: increase in X weight - Does it lead to more injuries?
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2017, 08:37:43 AM »
The problem is self-created.  Because leagues have rules around the weight of ball carriers, parents think it's a safety issue. It's not.  And I doubt those "striper" rules had anything to do with safety when they first came about. I would bet a lot of money those rules were originally about "fairness" - we've all seen the rare big super-athletic kid that everyone just bounces off of. No coach wants the other team to get one of those, so these striper rules came into being.  Of course, "safety" was quickly linked to the rule, because those same chickensh*t coaches didn't want to be called chickensh*t, so they started going "well, that's not safe".  Which basically shuts down any argument - fairness is arguable, safety is sacrosanct.  So any time you can't make a good argument to hide the fact you're a lazy POS, you argue safety...

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Re: increase in X weight - Does it lead to more injuries?
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2017, 08:53:35 AM »
No....live all the way
So it's a restriction only on where they line up?  My guard-around play would work with an "X" in your league?

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Re: increase in X weight - Does it lead to more injuries?
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2017, 10:51:36 AM »
Our league was unlimited to play with ball carrying limits. We did average weight of the age group plus 20% to get the max ball carrying weight. So if the average weight was 100, anyone over 120 had to play on the line. We are an age pure league, 7s play with 7s, 8s with 8s, etc.

Two years ago I proposed to our board that we get rid of the weight limits, we were losing big athletic kids to other sports because of it...or worse, parents would make their kids fast prior to the weigh in, we only weighed in once, at registration, which was 4 months before the boys could even practice, so in my mind it was a stupid rule. A kid that weighed in at 120 in may could be 130 in August, what is the point of the weigh in.

I did some research on the topic, and found a Mayo Clinic study on leagues with weight limits and those without. The study found that there was not a greater instance of injury in one league or the other. And taking it further, they found that is was generally the bigger kids who got hurt, not the small kids.

The board voted to get rid of the weight limit in all age groups. We did not note any increase in injuries the last two seasons. And...as Mike mentioned, big kids blocked for small kids.

I did field quite a few emails and phone calls from concern parents...aren't we concerned about safety? We didn't lose a single player because of the change (that we know of), we just explained the thought process behind the change and the science that supported it...

None of them suck, they just haven't found what the kid is good at yet.

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Re: increase in X weight - Does it lead to more injuries?
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2017, 06:08:34 AM »
The age differences is the issue, not the weight.

Absolutely. ^

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Re: increase in X weight - Does it lead to more injuries?
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2017, 10:22:43 AM »
So it's a restriction only on where they line up?  My guard-around play would work with an "X" in your league?

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