Pop Warner Football Bans 3 Point Stance


From professional to pee-wee, football leagues are making changes to protect players.

Pop Warner — America’s oldest youth football organization — is banning the three-point stance for the 2019 season.

The ban covers the three youngest divisions — tiny mite, mitey mite, and junior pee wee.

Players will no longer be allowed to put a hand down on the field before snapping the ball.

The rationale behind the change is to avoid head injuries.

In the three-point stance, players are more likely to lead with their heads because of a lower-body position.

Now they will start plays in a squat or upright position.

Pop Warner plans to eliminate the stance for all divisions eventually but there is no timeline for that yet.

Head injuries from concussions are a growing concern among football leagues and players.

The Alzheimer’s-like disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy has been found in the brains of many former players. 

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