Saturday, June 20, 2015

Of course football should rid itself of the helmets

For years I've been saying this. Some must be listening.

The pee wee league that starts to play its season without helmets now will be better grooming its players for the furure's pro leagues. Saving money and brain function at the same time is what is needed for the sport to stay mainstream. Otherwise, football goes to the way of being only for the poor and downtrodden. Think Romans and stadium sports. 

Better than playing helmet-less football is to play without helmets AND in a swim pool. For the sake of wellness, put the games and athletes right into the water environment. Blown out knees are less of a factor too. Play 7-on-7, shrink the goal posts, and make the ball round as well. Folks will want to play year round too. 

Call it water polo and play on an international stage.

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
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