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New Jersey Moves To Ban Tackle Football For Kids Under 12




Prohibits children under age 12 from participating in tackle football.

An Act concerning youth athletics and supplementing Title 5 of the Revised Statutes and P.L.2010, c.94 (C.18A:40-41.1 et seq.).

Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1.    a.   As used in this section:

“Tackle football” means any practice or game of American football where physical contact is used to force opposing players to the ground.

“Youth sports team organization” means one or more sports teams organized pursuant to a nonprofit or similar charter or which are member teams in a league organized by or affiliated with a county or municipal recreation department.

b.    A child under the age of 12 shall not be permitted to participate in tackle football offered by a youth sports team organization. A child under the age of 12 shall be eligible to participate in all other athletic activities offered by a youth sports team organization including, but not limited to, touch football or flag football.

2.    a.   As used in this section, “tackle football” means any practice or game of American football where physical contact is used to force opposing players to the ground.

b.    A school district shall not permit a student under the age of 12 to participate in tackle football during interscholastic athletics, intramural athletics, a physical education program, or any other athletic activity offered to students.

3.    Section 1 of this act shall take effect six months following the date of enactment and section 2 shall take effect in the first full school year following the date of enactment.


This bill prohibits children under the age of 12 from participating in organized tackle football programs. Under the bill, children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to participate in tackle football offered by a youth sports team organization. Those children are eligible to participate in all other athletic activities offered by the youth sports team organization including, but not limited to, touch football or flag football.

The bill also provides that a school district may not permit a student under the age of 12 to participate in tackle football during interscholastic athletics, intramural athletics, a physical education program, or any athletic activity offered to students.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is caused by repetitive hits to the head sustained over a period of years. Athletes who begin playing contact sports at younger ages are at a greater risk for neurological impairment later in life, including CTE. Studies show that exposure to tackle football before the age of 12 is associated with a greater risk of neurological impairment than exposure to tackle football starting at or after the age of 12.

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Closter Parent and Family Banned for Life from Peewee Football

Peter Iappelli, 50, of Closter 

photo courtesy of the Westwood Police 

October 12,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Westwood NJ,  A peewee football league has banned a parent and his family for life after the father allegedly snapped when his son was rotated out as quarterback on a flag football team and attacked a teenage coach.

Peter Iappelli,  50, who earns $171,136 a year as school business administrator in Closter, was charged Wednesday by Westwood Police  with simple assault and disorderly conduct after allegedly placing the 16-year-old coach in a chokehold.

Westwood Youth Football is for 6 to 12-year-olds and Westwood Youth Football is a founding member of newly created and formed NNJJFL ( The Northern New Jersey Junior Football League). This newly formed league was built with fair competitive play as the cornerstone of its development. Joining Westwood in the NNJJFL are the following programs: Washington Township, Hillsdale, Rivervale, Lodi, Garfield and Hawthorne.

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The End of the NFL

Colin Kaepernick

September 24,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Washington DC, President Donald Trump took to Twitter again on Saturday to continue his attacks on NFL players protesting the national anthem.”If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,” Trump tweeted. “If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

Earlier President Trump started his war of words with the NFL national anthem protesters setting off a firestorm , “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!”

President Trump  has gone as far as to say NFL fans should stop going to football games until players who kneel during the national anthem are suspended or fired.

Owners, players and media continue to defend the players actions ,while rating plummet and stadiums sit empty . The NFL seems to want to demand respect , while disrespecting . The right to protest and dissent is fundamental to the American way of life ,but so are the consequences of that protest.

While players feel that they have a right to give voice to past and present perceived injustices most fans see little more than a bunch of over paid athletes complaining about making far to much money.  Like Entertainers , who are generally valued for their their talent not their  political acumen most fans wish the players would just play football .

Recent revaluations about concussions have already done serious damage to the NFL brand casting a shadow over the leagues long term viability , but now the leagues efforts to alienate their fan base looks to be putting the final nails in the coffin .

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It’s Not That Football Anymore , its a whole new style of play

jack Tatum

photo Jack Tatum

September 9,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, it is back to school and the start of High School Football season .The latest media rage is the continued focus  on player safety and concussions . While many parents continue to voice concern about football safety . Other sports like soccer and lacrosse have proven to be equally as dangerous .

On September 5th Dr. Bennet Omalu  told the Today show : “Knowing what we know today, there is no reason whatsoever that any child under the age of 18 should play the high-impact, high-contact sports. The big six are: American football, ice hockey, mixed martial arts, boxing, wrestling and rugby. Blows to the head are intrinsic to the game. That truth could be inconvenient, painful and difficult, but we should not deny it. “

So is no sports really the answer ? After all On August 18, 1967, the Red Sox were playing the California Angels at Fenway Park. Tony Conigliaro, batting against Jack Hamilton, was hit by a pitch on his left cheekbone and was carried off the field on a stretcher. He sustained a linear fracture of the left cheekbone and a dislocated jaw with severe damage to his left retina. The batting helmet he was wearing did not have the protective ear-flap that has since become standard. So even baseball can be dangerous .

Perhaps it is my age or just a different point of reference  but growing up we never wore helmets on bicycles , we drank water from a hose , swam in Saddle River ,ate trout we caught  and some how all lived to tell about it .

I can still remember August 12, 1978,  “Oakland Raiders free safety Jack Tatum levels New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley with a helmet-to-helmet hit in a preseason game, leaving Stingley paralyzed for life. Despite the sport’s hard hits and reputation for roughness, this was the first and only time a player was permanently paralyzed as a result of an injury sustained in a National Football League game.”

So is it really true as Dr. Bennet Omalu said that “Blows to the head are intrinsic to the game”  ? We placed a call to councilmen Ramon Hache who is very involved in Village sports programs especially football to get his take . Ramon reminded us that things have changed , that do to the size ,speed and weight of the players its not the football we grew up with . That players got bigger and faster and equipment didn’t seemed to up grade as quickly. Ramon stressed that awareness and training is the key to safety and reminded me the new game is often played more like Rugby or the old leather helmet football when tackling was or is much less dependent on equipment then technique .

photo Raised a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Jim Thorpe was America’s original crossover athlete. As an Olympic champion, football player and baseball star, he excelled in nearly every sport he tried.

Even RJFA PeeWee Football coaches now have to have a Youth Tackle Coach Certification even before they take the field. It is also It is mandatory for all RJFA coaches to be certified for HUF (Heads Up Football)  .

Shoulder Tackling and Blocking
Health and Safety
Fundamentals of Coaching

Coaches also must be Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y certified  . As we figured Ridgewood parents would do everything possible to assure the safety of their children , so mothers can feel confident everything is being done and then some to keep your child safe .

Let face the value of team sports for children has been well documented and it would be a shame to lose these benefits

Children who take part in organized sports receive many social, mental and psychological benefits over and above those that come from general physical activity.

Healthy habits

Starting a child in an organized sport gives them a healthy habit of physical activity to see them right through to adulthood and help them ward off many age- and weight-related ailments. Even before adulthood, teens who take part in sports are less likely to smoke, do drugs or abuse alcohol.


Learning the rules and techniques of a new sport and training for a particular purpose can give a child self-discipline that they can employ both on and off the field. Sports often help children learn that working hard helps them to achieve a goal.

Social skills and teamwork

When many people think of organized sports, team sports often spring to mind. Sports such as baseball, hockey or basketball can teach children to trust and rely on others to achieve common goals, value everyone’s individual strengths and put collective needs before individual wants.

Improved mental health

Taking part in a sport can greatly improve a child’s sense of self-worth. Whether it is the satisfaction of mastering a dribble or beating a personal best, sports-related exercise enables children to gain confidence in their skills. In an era of excessive focus on appearance, sports also provide an outlet for children, especially girls, to focus not on what their bodies look like but on what they can do. This has the knock-on benefit of improved body image.


Taking part in anything competitive requires an ability to handle disappointments and accept personal responsibility for any mistakes. It can take a while for children – and some adults – to learn not to blame others when things go wrong. However, organized sports can teach important lessons about the value of taking part rather than winning and about using setbacks as learning opportunities.


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Ridgewood High School’s  Younghoe Koo named Chargers’ starting kicker

Younghoe Koo

September 3,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Los Angles CA, The Los Angeles Chargers are making a change at kicker this season.The Chargers released third-year kicker Josh Lambo on Saturday, ceding the starting kicker job to rookie Younghoe Koo.

Lambo was 2-for-2 in the preseason with a long of 53, while Koo was 1-for-1.

Koo ,a graduate of Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Ridgewood High School ,is a rookie out of Georgia Southern, was born in South Korea before moving to the United States in 2006. The first-year pro was Georgia Southern’s first All-American and ranked second in the country in field goal percentage (95 percent).

Koo is probably best known on the for this insane trick kick.

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Men’s only – Cigars & Scotch Networking at The Tobacco Shop and Davidoff Lounge in Ridgewood


Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: The Tobacco Shop and Davidoff Lounge, 10 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Join us for a very unique evening of football, cigars, scotch and lots of networking !

Please call 201-445-2600 or email to RSVP.

Cigars are kept in a state-of-the-art walk-in humidor. Enjoy Davidoff, Avo, Camacho, Padron, Ashton and many more. For pipe smokers, or those who roll their own cigarettes, we have over 40 fine tobacco blends, as well as a large selection of pipes. Experience a wide selection of cigars in one of our two lounges. Relax and unwind in our custom leather smoking chairs.

Tobacco Shop
10 Chestnut St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 · ~59.3 mi
(201) 447-2204

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‘The leading edge of a much larger iceberg’: New Jersey high school disbands football team

RHS football

file photo by Ramon Hache

WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The nationwide forces that are beginning to uproot football have converged at a place called High School North.

Demographic shifts, concussions, single-sport specialization and cost — among the same issues that have caused youth football numbers to plummet around the country in recent years — have led West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North to drop varsity football this season. The Knights, with a roster of 37 players, will play a junior varsity schedule.

High School South, the other secondary school in the district, might have to do the same next year, along with high schools from four other neighboring jurisdictions, West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools Superintendent David Aderhold said.

The moves reflect a crisis for football all over the country, but one that has accelerated in this New York City bedroom community.

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Ridgewood Native Patrick Murray Signs as New Orleans Saints Kicker

Patrick Murray

August 7,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Joining the New Orleans Saints 10 days into 2017 training camp, Ridgewood native Patrick Murray will compete with Wil Lutz for kicking duties. The three-year NFL veteran has appeared in 18 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns, drilling 21-of-26 field-goal attempts and 34-of-35 PATs.

Murray  attended Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) Prep where he was a three-time letterman as a kicker and punter, earning All-State as a senior…Member of state championship teams from 2006-08…Played baseball and wrestled…Uncles, Ciaran and Brendan, and cousin Aeden, are national Gaelic football players in Ireland…Active in community as a member of Buccaneers, purchasing gifts for patients at children’s hospitals and visiting patients during the holiday season…Has also participated in events involving military veterans, service members and their families…Enjoys reading, playing guitar and playing golf in his spare time…Favorite movie is shooter and favorite TV show is Father Ted…Lists Christy Moore, Darius Rucker and The Pogues as his favorite musicians…Patrick Murray was born on June 22, 1991 in Ridgewood, N.J.

In his collage career Muarry appeared in 44 career games at Fordham, converting on 38 of 54 field goal attempts and totaling 7,985 yards on 186 punts…First-team All-American as senior, kicking 25 of 30 field goals and tallying 52 punts for 2,392 yards…Also won the Fred Mitchell Award, given to nation’s best non-FBS kicker…Earned Third-Team All-America honors as a punter during his junior year…Earned first-team all-league accolade as a freshman punter in 2009…Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

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The unpatriotic actions by some NFL players and the inaction from the League to stop their behavior are equally disgraceful

Boycott NFL #boycottNFL

The unpatriotic actions by some NFL players and the inaction from the League to stop their behavior are equally disgraceful. I realize players have the right to express themselves under the 1st Amendment but it should be done on their own personal time, and not while in uniform. The 1st Amendment certainly doesn’t protect any of us from saying whatever we want while at work.

Retired Marine Col. Jeffery Powers wrote to the NFL commissioners the following:

I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and the Giants Stadium. I missed the 1990-91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt. Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.

Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.

Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!

You are complicit in this! You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner.

What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?
I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone? Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game!
You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’e just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.

Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.
They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many don’t have legs or arms.

Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.
I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!

Time to change the channel.

Powers originally sent his letter to former Florida congressman Allen West. West then posted the letter to his news website.
As of last week, at least 18 NFL player had protested the anthem by either kneeling during the anthem or raising their fists, according to USA Today Sports.
If you agree with what he said pass this on.

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Ridgewood beats back Montclair 31-20 With 4th Quarter Come from Behind Victory

RHS football
file photo by Ramon Hache
November 19,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Maroons scored 24 unanswered fourth quarter points to defeat Montclair, 31-20, preserving their undefeated season at the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 semifinals at Ridgewood.
Ridgewood will now take on third-seeded Passaic Tech in the sectional final on the weekend of Dec. 2-4. Last year in the final Passaic Tech beat Ridgewood, 27-0.

Montclair had led 14-7 at halftime behind its explosive offense and very opportunistic defense. Down 20-7 in the fourth quarter , Ridgewood Quarterback Jack Barclay connected with Drew Granski on a 54-yard touchdown reception  making it a 20-14 game. With that ,the momentum shifted to the Maroons recovering a fumble on the first play from scrimmage on Montclair’s ensuing possession then ,scoring another touchdown .

The Ridgewood defense forced a punt by Montclair and then on a 3rd-and-8 from the Montclair 48, Barclay connected with Dan Romero for a 35-yard catch.Zach Feagles finished the drive with his second five-yard score to put Ridgewood ahead 28-20. Another fumble by Montclair was just icing on the cake giving Ridgewood a field goal to pull out a win .