Parents Thoughts

Candice Camm

The lack of knowledge, lack of sustainable research, and overall ignorance on this subject is at an all-time high! Clearly you did not spend much time on this topic before you decided to propose an overall BAN!

We should be spending our time and efforts teaching children the correct fundamentals of football from the pee-wee age. Not sending them out there into a lions den at the age of 12 with no experience with more weight, speed, and size. That makes absolutely no sense. If kids are developed correctly, there is less risk of injury. Not pushing the sport back until teenage years. That’s not a solution. That’s just nonsense!

Jamie Tatlow 

You do not have the kids best interest in mind… you picked a platform that you can benefit from financially.
You claim you’re targeting football because hockey, soccer and weightlifting have restrictions on age… SO my question to you Mr “I care about kids” when is your bill to reform cheerleading and gymnastics!?? Have YOU done YOUR research!?? The concussion rate on THOSE!! Kids as young as 4 can be tossed in the air or fall off a beam and “hit the ground”
HOW about you realize you cannot decide what’s right for each kid and you cannot protect from everything. Benefits far outweigh the risks…
take a platform on cancer causing materials in food if you truly care about kids


Ashley Hill 

Please stop saying “our kids”. It’s MY kids. I get to make decisions for my children. If I, as their parent, was concerned with concussions in tackle football- we would pick a different sport…

Allison Douglas-Waldron 

When the state begins to infringe on my child’s rights, I draw the line in the sand. As a parent I do not need some politician telling me which games and or sports my child may partake in or what is best for my child. I certainly don’t need laws telling me what the state will allow my child to participate in. You have bigger things you could and should be worried about.. better schools, more jobs, lower property taxes, less restrictive legislation of any kind would work. Instead you choose to push your own agenda instead of the agenda of the constituents that employ you. When politicians forget who they work for we should drain the swamp!


Candice Camm 

The lack of knowledge, lack of sustainable research, and overall ignorance on this subject is at an all-time high!
Clearly you did not spend much time on this topic before you decided to propose an overall BAN!
We should be spending our time and efforts teaching children the correct fundamentals of football from the pee-wee age. Not sending them out there into a lion’s den at the age of 12 with no experience with more weight, speed, and size. That makes absolutely no sense. If kids are developed correctly, there is less risk of injury. Not pushing the sport back until teenage years. That’s not a solution. That’s just nonsense!

Lisa Cesario Jackson 

Michael , I will do all I can to take this personal! I do not stand with you! I think this isn’t your decision in telling me what my child can do! You are not speaking for me, you want to protect “children” then allow them to play the game and learn proper technique .. . You clearly lack statistics , and I believe you are coming up against some tough moms, including myself .


Katherine M Bauza 

Stress is much more detrimental to the health of our kids but that doesn’t seem to concern the state government when you want to keep piling on those standardized tests. I guess you are also not too concerned about the effects of childhood obesity or the ocular damage caused by the excessive use of IPads in classrooms. But you think you have the right to step in and put limits on what parents are allowed to let their own kids do.

Courtney Ann 

These are my children I carried them for 9 months and I birthed them not you so you have no right to decide if I want my child in this sport or not and don’t single one sport out when I’ve heard of more concussions in soccer and cheer leading leave these sports alone all of them we are the parents we decide our kids decide not YOU! How dare you try and steal the childhood away from these kids these coaches and teammates become family it’s discipline it’s control it’s knowing right from wrong! I stand with my kids and their dreams!
#saveyouthfootball
#hollandraiders

Carrie Byron Hernandez 

I’m a parent of 4 boys, 3 of which played football this year. My two teenagers didn’t start playing until they got to high school. And I wish I had let them start earlier. They had to take time in the summer and cram learning how to correctly play the game. But they did and they have loved it. Both of them have had head injuries (one this year and the other a few years ago) but it was from Gym class in school. Nothing to do with football. So should we ban gym class as well?

And there’s my youngest. He was diagnosed earlier this year with epilepsy. And wanted to play football like his brothers. We got permission from his neurologist. He played for the first time. And it was the best decision we made. He went from being a shy, confident kid to feeling like he belonged. He wasn’t the kid in class who couldn’t remember what’s going on…or the kid who fell asleep. But he was a member of the team. He had a place where he was no different that anyone else. He’ll tell you that they are his brothers. It’s one of the only places in the past year where he felt like everyone else. The coaches put their all in coaching these kids. Our team is a family. He was out for a couple of weeks because he needed surgery. And he was at a few practices just on the sidelines cheering his team in. He went to every game and stayed in the sidelines cheering his team on. He would be heartbroken to lose his place that he’s normal.


Kristin McChesney 

Youth football leagues have taught my son how to work hard for what he wants, be a good teammate and friend and be a leader when needed. He has learned grit, resilience and perseverance. He has learned the proper way to play tackle football and he plays hard for his coaches and his team. Football has gotten him off of electronics and outside for 4-5 nights a week from July to November. As this season comes to an end and his team goes to their championship game this weekend, I could not be prouder of the hard work and dedication my 9 year-old has shown while learning the game. All of these things are things that I want him to learn and he will go out in the world with more confidence and knowing how to be a good citizen because of it. I do not stand with you and I plan to make my voice heard. #LetThemPlay

Allyson Auge 

Let the Parents be Parents!! Leave youth football alone. I have 4 kids and have seen more concussions in other sports such as baseball, softball (my daughter suffered a severe concussion), lacrosse, bicycling, etc. than in football!! My son who is turning 12 tomorrow has played football for a few years now, has never had a head injury, only a knee issue. He has 7 year old twin brothers that will be starting tackle next year after playing flag for 2 years and they are so excited to be doing what their big brother does!! If you want to be so ignorant, you are ruining the future for OUR CHILDREN!


Colette Harrison 

Government has absolutely no right to tell us how to parent our children. You are going off cherry picked studies. So much has changed in the past few years in how football is taught at the youth level. How about studies on what the outcome is since these changes? 2 of my children substained concussions in SCHOOL doing normal school activities. So by your way of thinking I should stop sending them to school, because it’s dangerous!!! I’m sure government wouldn’t appreciate that!!! Mine your own business and let parents do the parenting!!!!

Jessica Taber 

You have NO right to decide how NY residents parent our children. We will fight for our youth athletes and vote out each politician who supports this “ban” one by one. Why don’t you speak with the NUMEROUS parents of special needs children who participate in tackle football? I’ve spoken with many who expressed how much tackle football has helped their child grow physically and emotionally. Why are you targeting tackle football and conveniently leaving out literally every sport, as all sports have risk. I’ll wait for your response.. IF you ever do.. 🤦

Joan Renee Sacco 

I think your ridiculous and you should focus your time and energy on some real issues. This kids have enough to worry about in this world. And now you’re trying to take away something the love and learn and grow from. Shame on you. You must not have no children! I have 2 football playere one is a girl. You need to leave these children alone.
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Dianna Gould 

Here’s an idea:
I challenge you to sit down with various leagues, LISTEN to the parents side (with an open mind) Meet the boys themselves and talk to them personally! Ask them what football means to them! And I’m not talking about just NYC teams either! Get out of NYC and meet some upstate people, and WNY families. WE ARE NEW YORK TOO!

Here You are talking about statistics that are 10 and 15 years old! How about some of the new studies (that were discussed at yesterday’s hearing) that are from the last 5 years, since so many new safety regulations and equipment changes have been made! Oh wait, you were very quick to shoot them down with out hearing about them! I stay out of politics because of people like you. You surly seemed like your mind is already made up and no one or nothing is going to change it! I will say, you are messing with a LOT of mama and papa bears who are trying to keep our children active (instead of in phones, games, tv) and teaching them team work, respect, discipline, dedication, and so much more! I hope you are going to make the same battle about concussions from hockey, soccer, cheer and gymnastics too then! (Especially when one of your neurosurgeon’ s yesterday stated that his own daughter has 2 concussions from HOCKEY (1 at 9 and 1 at 15)! Oh but you were quick to say that didn’t really matter because they were following safety regulations that were set in place…but then when the football side stated that many similar regulations and many equipment improvements have been made in the last 5 years, you said it wasn’t the same! You then had the stupid notion of comparing it to allowing a 12 year old drive because booster seats are used in cars, or to smoking! Really? That to me, Sir, is NOT the SAME.

Think about that challenge!

Dawn Marie 

When do parents get to choose? My husband played and coached little league football. So many of his childhood memories are made from football. He wore the proper equipment and never had a concussion yet my friend who played soccer had plenty of them. When do we let kids learn? In other states football is huge and youth football forms so many friendships and teaches the fundamentals of the game.


Stefanie Weyant 

You’re a joke. My son who suffers from ADHD and ODD has played football since the age of 6. He is now 12.5 (7 seasons later). My son is who he is today thanks to football. It’s his heart, his soul and his drive. Everything he does goes back to the fundamentals of what he’s taught on that field. He is a striving child because of this. He bleeds his heart into that field from July-October. On the off season he’s working to awards his goals of what he want to be when he grows up. A star student and a football player. How dare you think you’re doing these kids a favor. As a mother of 5 I’ll tell you that my only child to ever get a concussion was my 4 year old son because daughter fell off the couch onto his head. You want to ban couches now too??

Maria Jurkiw Keys 

How about working on more important thing in your state? As a grandparents of three players never in 17 years has anything happened to them or teammates. Have you done your homework I think not . If you did you got misleading information. Tired of this government so called being free telling parents how to raise thier kids. Also ignorance is bliss and full of it…


Kelly Quinn 

Will you also be working on banning all other sports such as hockey and soccer?? It’s crazy that you are targeting tackle football when playing any sport puts you in a position for injuries

Theresa Donohue 

I believe that you are overstepping your bounds sir. This is not a decision that government should be involved in. Perhaps you should focus on more pressing issues that affect your constituents. Let parents decide what is best for their children. New tackling rules, new helmets and new play calling are all in effect to make the game more safe.


Jennifer Joyce Chatham 

My son has played since he was 6 years old. He loves football and through proper coaching by coaches certified in heads up he has learned the right way to tackle and block. He loves to play, wants to play and as parents it is our choice to allow him to play. He’s not just playing football, he’s learning discipline, how to be a team player, how to be a leader, making friendships that are more like family. Because he plays he is active and not sitting at home on the couch in front of the TV or other screen. He and any other child could just as easily get injured in their own home by falling down stairs, out riding their bike, playing at a playground…the list goes on not to mention all other sports that could cause injury. If you ban football, what’s next.. hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer….it is not your job to parent our children, if I wasn’t comfortable with him playing, he would not be.


Christina Rodriguez 

My son is 12 year old and has played tackle football for the last 5 years. He is my son not your and for you to try and take that away from him and ALL the other kids that love to play this sport and they have to wait until they are 12 to play is ridiculous. The coaches are able to teach them the correct way to tackle so there isn’t an injury….. Do more research before you take this away from these kids….

Rachel Perry 

I encourage you to SIT at a practice with a coach who pours his soul into these children and teaches them EVERY SINGLE practice how to tackle properly so they’re not hurt to prepare them for the future while they’re young, not at fast and weigh less. Football has been the most amazing thing for my son. I was a mom who was scared of football- till I was shown and educated on how they learn to tackle without injury

Nicki Mikowicz-Bradley 

How about you let us parent our children and you worry about lowering our taxes so you still have a state to work in.

Maria Jurkiw Keys 

How about working on more important thing in your state? As a grandparents of three players never in 17 years has anything happened to them or teammates. Have you done your homework I think not . If you did you got misleading information. Tired of this government so called being free telling parents how to raise thier kids. Also ignorance is bliss and full of it…

Katie Hoyle 

As you stated….”CAN”…. not does. Any sport or activity can cause injuries. Driving CAN result in an accident. With injuries or fatalities. Are you going to get rid of your car? Life itself has potential of injury every single day. Walking across the street killed my sister. Should we never take walks? Hell, 2 of my boys got concussions from fall off a chair and a couch. Should I remove all furniture from my house?
This proposed ban is 100% detrimental to kids. It won’t only affect youth football players but also cheerleaders, high school football and eventually college and the NFL.


Steffanie Jarocinski 

You sir are completely insane. What gives you the right to tell parents like myself what our children are and are not allowed to do. You have no right to take my choice away from me or my children. Stop pulling bits and pieces from different studies and putting them together to satisfy your asinine agenda.

Tracy Lynn 

My daughter played football from age 13 to 15. And then played varsity football for her high school at the age of 17 she was the first girl to every play at the varsity level in high school. She was a cheerleader as well until she made the high school football team. I assure you there were more injuries in cheer leading then football. She played the offensive line in high school and now is a registered nurse in the OR. NY stop dictating what our children can and cannot do. Parents make the choices is not just about football 🏈 it’s about team bonding. Self-confidence, dedication and self-discipline football isn’t for everyone but for those who love the sport from a young age they continue to thrive at it. I for one I’m proud my daughter did it , and played it , and it made her one tough nurse. And her coaches from youth ball to high school ball were all amazing coaches who built her into the amazing women she is today. Also her football ability got her to be a top female lacrosse goalie and helped pay her college education.

E EL Linsley

This guy is a buffoon. He wants to ban tackle to let 12 and under play flag. The concussion rates will go UP if you do that. The protective equipment is there for a reason and the technology of that equipment and the training of the coaches has increased, so his data is off. I have coached in Valhalla for a few years and have witnessed first-hand the confidence that our program has built in my son and other kids. I can’t wait to donate to ANYONE who runs against him.

Sheena Lynn

Leave us and our boys alone about what we choose to play!! My baby loves to play. And he would be devastated if he couldn’t. Your gonna take a lot of kids passion away!