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California passes California Youth Football Act with help of Bakersfield man

Credit: 23ABC News | Bakersfield
Published on August 2, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s
California passes California Youth Football Act with help of Bakersfield man
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California passes California Youth Football Act with help of Bakersfield man

2- 1-0-8...WHICH WOULD HAVEELIMINATED TACKLE FOOTBALL UNDERTHE AGE OF 12... A GROUP LED BYA BAKERSFIELD MAN HELPED CREATETHE CALIFORNIAYOUTH FOOTBALL ACT, KEEPING THEGAME IN THE STATE AND IN ASAFER CAPACITY." FOOTBALL IS UNIQUELYAMERICAN."RON WHITE, THE EXECUTIVEDIRECTOR OF THE GOLDEN EMPIREYOUTH TACKLE FOOTBALL LEAGUE INBAKERSFIELD, WANTED TO KEEPFOOTBALL IN CALIFORNIA."IT'S CRUCIAL THAT WE HAVETACKLEFOOTBALL FOR YOUNG ATHLETES."HE SUCCEEDED..

WITH THE LAWSIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNORGAVIN NEWSOM ON WEDNESDAY... ITWILL KEEP THE SPORT ALIVE BUTINCLUDES SOME MAJOR CHANGES."IT STARTS WITH REDUCING CONTACTPERIODS.

SO IN A COMPARECONTRAST, IN HIGH SCHOOL,THEY'RE 90 MINUTES.WE BROUGHT THAT DOWN ALL THE WAYTO 30 MINUTES TO FIT A YOUNGERDEMOGRAPHIC."THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS DON'T ENDTHERE...ADULTSOF THE GAME WILL BE AFFECTED ASWELL."COACHES UNDER AB-1 NOW WILLHAVE TOHAVE COACHING CERTIFICATION INBLOCKING, TACKLING, DEFEATINGTHEBLOCK, HEAT AWARENESS,CONCUSSION, ALL OF THOSE ITEMSTHATYOU WOULD EXPECT A COACH TO KNOWABOUT THAT'S ENGAGED IN TACKLEFOOTBALL ARE ELEMENTS OF THEBILL."THE BILL -- WHICH GOES INTOEFFECT IN 20-21 -- WILL ONLYCHANGE RULES IN YOUTHFOOTBALL...NOT HIGH SCHOOL.HOWEVER, WHITE THINKS IT WILLPOSITIVELY AFFECT HIGHSCHOOLERS IN YEARS TO COME."WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT YOURFIRSTEXPERIENCE IN TACKLE FOOTBALLSHOULD BE YOUR BEST AND ITSTARTS ATTHE YOUTH LEVEL SO WHO YOU'RESEEING PLAYING AT THE HIGHSCHOOL LEVEL WEHAD THEM FIRST.WHITE WHO HAS PLAYED AN ACTIVEROLE IN YOUTH FOOTBALL FOROVER THREE DECADES IN KERNCOUNTY THINKS THIS NEW LAWWILL ACT AS A ROADMAP FOR ALLOTHER STATES WHO CONSIDERBANNING THE SPORT.IN STUDIO, IM MATT LIVELY, 23ABCNEWS CONNECTING YOU.A MAN WANTED FOR ALLEGEDLYROBBING A BANK IN DOWNTOWN

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