High School Football Participation Has Dropped To It's Lowest Level In 20 Years

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agree.
Hockey, boxing, downhill skiing, skateboarding, car racing, motor X, etc.............Ban them all.:confused:
Inherent risk in everything.
Yea. I believe if you're old enough to make a life decision then do it. One problem is insurance is getting higher with football and boxing. MMA is actually safer than boxing from the studies I have read.
 
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Yea. I believe if you're old enough to make a life decision then do it. One problem is insurance is getting higher with football and boxing. MMA is actually safer than boxing from the studies I have read.
I don't watch it, but they do seem to stop fights before it gets too bad.
I've been saying this for a long time....there won't be football as we know it in 25 yrs. Soak up the nostalgia now!
 
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I don't watch it, but they do seem to stop fights before it gets too bad.
I've been saying this for a long time....there won't be football as we know it in 25 yrs. Soak up the nostalgia now!
Not as many head shots. Lighter gloves so the if you get hurt then it comes quicker. They really do all they can to support the fighters. Nate Diaz got stopped in the 3rd round this past weekend due to a cut.
 
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Also, to commend Nascar, they fixed the head issue when Dale Earnhardt died and have had zero problems since that I am aware of.
Yeah but they are having a worse problem; they made it safer and interest has dropped gigantically. It's not all because of that but its popularly is a shell of what it was 10-15 years ago.
 
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High School Football participation has dropped to the lowest level it's been since 1999. I think this has to do with the worries of parents about head injuries and possible future brain damage. I think football wont exist as a sport in 20 years because of lawsuits concerning head injuries and brain damage along with parents not allowing their children to play football which will encourage the Government to pass laws which pretty much ban football.

High school football participation drops to lowest point since 1999 - FootballScoop
Why was that number low in 1999. I remember at my high school witch was 5a in 95 to 98 there wasn't enough people to even cut player's
 
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So I'm just a humble accountant but I've always wondered why they don't put padding on the outside as well as the inside of the helmet.
Like the practice helmets? I think creating them to spring and give is a good idea. Best thing is no helmet to helmet and no hitting below the thigh. I have seen alot of concussions from the back of helmet hitting the ground and those usually don't look bad.
 
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Reasons:
1) injuries
2) year round practices/workouts
3) kids can play so many other sports today

I played in the 1970s. Today I’m fine, no health related conditions, probably in better shape than 95% of people my age cause I played a lot of sports in high school & still workout pretty good 5 days a week. Not sure if I’d have the discipline to do that if I’d blown on a horn my high school life. That said, today’s football is year round at most schools, spring ball, summer workouts, 7 on 7, etc. who has time for a job to make alittle $, play another sport, just be a kid, etc. A lot of different ways for kids to go today.

Both of my sons played into high school but moved on to baseball exclusively cause football was such a time demand and their future was baseball.
 
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Reasons:
1) injuries
2) year round practices/workouts
3) kids can play so many other sports today

I played in the 1970s. Today I’m fine, no health related conditions, probably in better shape than 95% of people my age cause I played a lot of sports in high school & still workout pretty good 5 days a week. Not sure if I’d have the discipline to do that if I’d blown on a horn my high school life. That said, today’s football is year round at most schools, spring ball, summer workouts, 7 on 7, etc. who has time for a job to make alittle $, play another sport, just be a kid, etc. A lot of different ways for kids to go today.

Both of my sons played into high school but moved on to baseball exclusively cause football was such a time demand and their future was baseball.
If you have aspirations to make it in baseball, it takes an absurd amount of time as well. And some jack from the parents to boot. A solid HS career is no longer enough. Every college recruit I see listed on a college website has their HS and travel ball team. And some of these baseball clubs costs up to $5K a year. Like Nashville Knights. But, with only 11.5 Scholly's available on a 26 man roster, is $20-30 K for travel ball worth it ?? My son plays football and baseball. He just wants to enjoy playing HS. He knows he's not going pro regardless of how much travel ball he might have played. When HS is over, he wants to get on with his career plans. the way he sees it, why all that time for college ball when you know you're not going further.
 
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If you have aspirations to make it in baseball, it takes an absurd amount of time as well. And some jack from the parents to boot. A solid HS career is no longer enough. Every college recruit I see listed on a college website has their HS and travel ball team. And some of these baseball clubs costs up to $5K a year. Like Nashville Knights. But, with only 11.5 Scholly's available on a 26 man roster, is $20-30 K for travel ball worth it ?? My son plays football and baseball. He just wants to enjoy playing HS. He knows he's not going pro regardless of how much travel ball he might have played. When HS is over, he wants to get on with his career plans. the way he sees it, why all that time for college ball when you know you're not going further.

Oh, I know all about the travel ball experiences and expense. Both of mine played it into college. I never spent anything like $5K for a team but I never regretted the money I did spend. I never had the issues with either of my sons Ive heard from some many other parents regarding their kids going out every night during the summer, sleeping all day, etc. Mine were either on a ball field or on my couch half sleep from being worn out all weekend. But they enjoyed it, got to see some great parts of the country, made great friends and it was money well spent in my opinion. Same for college. Both played college ball, got a large percentage of their college paid for and had great experiences. Playing year round baseball is too much. Even after my sons left football, they took some time off from baseball to heel up from the wear and tear. But you are correct, if you're only doing it for the college scholarship, save your money in a 529 College Fund and make them earn the lottery bonus. You'll be alot better off financially.
 
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Oh, I know all about the travel ball experiences and expense. Both of mine played it into college. I never spent anything like $5K for a team but I never regretted the money I did spend. I never had the issues with either of my sons Ive heard from some many other parents regarding their kids going out every night during the summer, sleeping all day, etc. Mine were either on a ball field or on my couch half sleep from being worn out all weekend. But they enjoyed it, got to see some great parts of the country, made great friends and it was money well spent in my opinion. Same for college. Both played college ball, got a large percentage of their college paid for and had great experiences. Playing year round baseball is too much. Even after my sons left football, they took some time off from baseball to heel up from the wear and tear. But you are correct, if you're only doing it for the college scholarship, save your money in a 529 College Fund and make them earn the lottery bonus. You'll be alot better off financially.
I was one of those baseball junkies growing up. Carried over in adult softball after healing a couple years from my shoulders. My son loves baseball, but he is not to that extreme. My work schedule and funds never provided much opportunity for travel ball, as he would not have been one of the team elites that got "free" travel ball. Travel ball is like sneakers. You can get with a $10 team. Or you can get with a $1000 club, or more. He did get weekly hitting and throwing form some Clemson/ex-pro alums. He's done well in HS w/o travel ball. Hit .650 two years ago. Paid his dues Fr and So years. Should be back to starting again this year, except for a little friction between him and new sorry coach. We had a great coach. He left for bigger and better things right when he moved up two years ago. And the assistant that was all about my son had a stroke and hasn't been back yet.

One good thing about TN and his plans is that with a decent GPA and moderate test scores, he can do 2 years of CC free before he moves over for final 2 years at university. And with proper grades and ACT's will have minimal expense even then. And by then the wife will hopefully be employed at the university and tuition goes to 50% of what's remaining for us to pay.
 

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