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Full Text of HB1205  98th General Assembly


Rep. Carol A. Sente

Filed: 3/15/2013





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1205 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Football Practice Hitting Limitation Act.
6    Section 5. Definitions.
7    "Football program" means the organized football program of
8a public or non-public elementary or secondary school or
9organized youth football league.
10    "Full-contact hitting practice" means full-pad (helmet,
11shoulder pads, padded pants, and cleats), full-speed, football
12practice that involves tackling to the ground.
13    Section 10. Full-contact hitting practice limitation.
14Beginning May 31, 2014, the coach of a football program shall
15limit full-contact hitting practice to the following:



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1        (1) During the regular season, full-contact hitting
2    practice is limited to a maximum of 2 days a week.
3        (2) During the pre-season, full-contact hitting
4    practice is at the discretion of the coach.
5        (3) During the off-season and during summer camp,
6    full-contact hitting practice is prohibited.
7    Section 15. Online concussion training program.
8    (a) A coach of a football program must complete a
9certified, online concussion training program on or before May
1031, 2014. The training program shall include at least one of
11the following:
12        (1) A program provided by the Heads Up: Concussion in
13    Youth Sports initiative of the Centers for Disease Control
14    and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and
15    Control.
16        (2) A program provided by the National Federation of
17    State High School Associations.
18    (b) The training program required under subsection (a) of
19this Section shall include details about the following:
20        (1) Efforts to reduce full-contact hitting practice.
21        (2) The long-term effects of repetitive hits to the
22    head and recurrent concussions.
23        (3) Training techniques to protect youth athletes from
24    brain injury.
25    (c) On or before December 31, 2013, the Illinois High



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1School Association's Football Advisory Committee and Sports
2Medicine Advisory Committee shall work together to create a
3supplemental, online training program designed to prevent
4concussive and subconcussive brain injuries. This program
5shall be considered a certified, online concussion training
6program for the purposes of subsection (a) of this Section.
7    (d) This Section is repealed on June 1, 2014.
8    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
9becoming law.".