- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker is working with the Illinois High School Association to come up with rules on full-speed tackling during summer football practices.

The effort by Vernon Hills Democratic Rep. Carol Sente comes as concern over tackling leading to long-term brain injuries has increased.

IHSA executive director Marty Hickman says the changes being considered not only would restrict “full-contact and tackles to the ground” during the summer, but also require coaches to teach safe tackling techniques.

The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports (http://bit.ly/1dY3HOe) Sente wants the IHSA to create an online certification system to teach coaches and players of all high school sports to reduce dangerous hits.


Sente’s proposal last year to limit tackling at football practices to twice a week during the season was rejected by the Legislature.