Cancellation of 'nation's last' tackle powder puff football game spurs debate

Cancellation of 'nation's last' tackle powder puff football game spurs debate

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Cancellation of 'nation's last' tackle powder puff football game spurs debate

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Jupiter High School in Florida has canceled what is believed to be the last tackle powder puff football game in America (Photo: Terry Spencer/Associated Press)

Jupiter High School in Florida has canceled what is believed to be the last tackle powder puff football game in America (Photo: Terry Spencer/Associated Press)

If you believe boosters of the Jupiter High School athletic department, there are no remaining tackle powder puff football games in America. The last one was held in Jupiter in 2015, before the 2016 edition was canceled by Jupiter principal Dan Frank, and there is ample debate about whether he made the right move by doing so.

As reported by the Associated Press, Frank unilaterally canceled the 2016 game because of his fears about student injuries. In a statement, Frank noted that a player previously broke a leg during the game and numerous other girls have suffered serious sprained ankles and other more cosmetic (but still painful) injuries. He cited ill fitting boy’s helmets and safety equipment as part of the problem, but also noted that the junior and senior classes of Jupiter High had rejected suggestions to transition the game to flag football or another sport.

“We are not in elementary school,” Jupiter senior Megan Mendoza told the AP.

Mendoza and her classmates have argued vociferously that the game should be continued and even pivoted to attempt to sway the city of Jupiter to sponsor the game outside the auspices of Jupiter High School (that request was rejected).

No matter how hard others have fought to change Frank’s beliefs, he insists there are no conditions under which he will back off his decision, effectively ending tackle flag football as American high schools have known it.

“Student safety is my first priority,” Frank said in his statement about the event’s cancelation. “The narrow window of time for student preparation and practice, and the limited availability of properly-fitting safety equipment, would put our students at risk.”

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