11/15 - The USSF hass issued new guidelines for youth soccer aimed at reducing concussions with younger players. The bottom line is no player under 10 years old should use their head to make contact with the ball or any other object. Headball Soccer continues to recommend that parents, coaches and players abide by all USSF rules and recommendations with training and game day best practices.
With that in mind we have discontinued the sale of the Headball Soccer Ball.
From the U.S. Soccer press release:
The United States Soccer Federation and the other youth member defendants, with input from counsel for the plaintiffs, have developed a sweeping youth soccer initiative designed to (a) improve concussion awareness and education among youth coaches, referees, parents and players; (b) implement more uniform concussion management and return-to-play protocols for youth players suspected of having suffered a concussion; (c) modify the substitution rules to insure such rules do not serve as an impediment to the evaluation of players who may have suffered a concussion during games; and (d) eliminate heading for children 10 and under and limit heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13. The complete details of the initiative along with a more comprehensive player safety campaign will be announced by U.S. Soccer in the next 30 days.
Steve Berman, lead counsel for the plaintiffs said: “We filed this litigation in effort to focus the attention of U.S. Soccer and its youth member organizations on the issue of concussions in youth soccer. With the development of the youth concussion initiative by U.S. Soccer and its youth members, we feel we have accomplished our primary goal and, therefore, do not see any need to continue the pursuit of the litigation. We are pleased that we were able to play a role in improving the safety of the sport for soccer-playing children in this country.”
Headball Soccer has alway been and remains dedicated to the safety of youth soccer players.
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