LANGHORNE, Pa. (NEWS10) – Pop Warner announced it is eliminating kickoffs.
According to Pop Warner, the ban will take effect in the three youngest divisions when the seasons begin this fall.
Instead of kicking off, the ball will be placed at the 35-yard line to start each half and after each score in all Tiny Mite (5-to-7-year-old), Mitey Mite (7-9), and Junior Pee Wee (8-10) games.
“We are constantly working to make the game safer and better for our young athletes,” Pop Warner’s Executive Director Jon Butler said. “We think this move is an important step in that direction.”
Following the season, Pop Warner says it will review the results and consider implementation in older divisions.
Pop Warner is the first national football organization to eliminate kickoffs.