Flag football to replace tackle at IL junior high schools

The Chicago Daily Herald reported that flag football to replace tackle at Naperville junior highs Junior high ball carriers will be down with the tug of a flag — not the thud of a tackle — this fall in Naperville Unit District 203, as the district switches to noncontact football for seventh- and eighth-grade athletes. District 203 joins neighboring Indian Prairie Unit District 204 in eliminating junior-high tackle football, citing decreasing participation and concerns about injuries, including concussions. Between the past two seasons, participation dropped by 45 students, from 258 players on seventh- and eighth-grade teams at five junior highs in 2016, to 213 players on the same number of teams last fall.

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