March 12th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Should high school football be cut?

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  1. Jaykob


    March 16, 2012 at 1:23 am |
  2. Mark Russell


    March 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  3. CJ

    High school football programs shouldn't be cut, but for schools that invest a lot of their budget on football and less on other sports and the arts and haven't had wins in years, the funding should be cut! My personal opinion.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  4. Siena

    The game is absolutely not violent if you want to do or not. After how long its been running why would anyone want to try to ban it now? Besides football is one of the best sports out there and serves as a great entertainer.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  5. Mariah

    High school students have the choice to participate in such a sport or not. I disagree with the violence part of it though. Football is a traditional sport and should never be banned or cut from athletics.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  6. Cody

    Although I won't be playing football any time soon, I still think that all schools should have it available. It is a great extra-curricular activity, and also an awesome motivator to do well in school. I would hate for football to be taken away from our school.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  7. Shelby

    football is a major part of highschool, if you didnt have it then you woulnt have homecomming. but i do think that it is a very brutal sport, ive known and know people who suffer from permanent damage from playing. i also think of people like Steve Gleasan, of the New Orleans Saints, (not saying that im a Saints fan), who now suffers from ALS, and he has been playing sports, mostly football his whole life. makes me think of my football friends, and i dont want that to happen to them.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  8. Javier

    Yes, football can cause alot of injuries beacause there youg waek bodies can't take smething (like a cuncusion) which can cause deaths, later effects, and it could effect their grades.

    March 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  9. Bethany

    I don't think football should be taken away from highschools because, if the students want to participate; they will have to keep good grades.
    Football is also an extra curriculum activity that always looks good on college applications.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  10. Mrs. Boldt's class

    If you are properly equipped and you have been taught correctly how to take and deliver a hit, then it is just part of the game. Players have pads to protect them. All sports involve some level of risk, and you know what you are getting into. It is your choice.

    March 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  11. Coyote Football Team

    Football is a mans game, if you can't take the heat get off the grid iron. Its a game of heart, passion, and head smashing. Brought to you by the 2011 9B South Dakota State Champions1 Black Plauge!

    March 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  12. Coyote Football Team

    I tore my acl in football, and I am totally against the cutting of the sport. Football is life and it teaches great lessons about life. There are great things about football if you cut highschool football there would be millions of disipointed people across the Country! If you can't take the heat get off the grid iron. This message is brought to you by the 2011 9B South Dakota State Champions

    March 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  13. Braxton

    Honestly, parents blow getting hurt way out of proportion! Football is a physical game yes, but if you use proper techinique, like the coaches teach us to do; no one will get permanatly injured. when someone signs up to play football they realize the risk they take!!! It's only as dangerous as your opponet makes it. it also helps keeps kids out of trouble and on top of grades!

    March 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Pattysboi

      Oh really??? How about the students practicing who suddenly drop DEAD on the practice field? Obviously, the coach should NOT be allowed to continue in that category.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  14. Cameron

    I currently play football and it is a violent sport and always will be. Why didn't we comnplain when we didn't have the technology we do now? It was worse then, football will always be agrressive and that's the way it should be played.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  15. Ty


    March 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  16. August

    Well, if you take high school football out, we would play it anyways, we would probably get injured a lot more. plus if we take it away, football money goes to the school, so thats 1 less sponsor

    March 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  17. Brody

    Yes, If the parent is afraid injury, they shouldn't let them play. Another barrier is that often states don't have the funds for the sport. If they have the money, the sport should be offered.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  18. Brenden

    In my personal opinion i would say no because me personaly i play football and also track and playing sports helps me maintain my grades to be eligible. so with out sports at school students grades may start slipping.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  19. Sheila

    Yes. It is not necessary to an education, and funds should be spent on education. If parents want their children to participate in team sports, those sports can be made part of community leagues, like soccer.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  20. Beth

    No because it is a sport that is important to the students and the adults. And even the students go to the games to support their school

    March 13, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  21. Christian

    I belive that if you play football you should already know the risk your taking as soon as you step onto that field. Football is naturally a contact sport if you can't handle it don't play it!

    March 13, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  22. Connor

    I think that football is a key part in the development in a lot of young people be it boy or girl. I also think that people are almost too soft on what is going on in football and seem in my opinion to blow injuries out of proportion, especially when they haven't been in a full contact sport and don't know what it is like. If too many people get involved trying to "take it easy" on the athletes it will ruin there ambition to push themselves and could affect them later in life.

    March 13, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  23. sierra

    i think that they should be cut because in my opinion football is to hard and painful for girly girls like me so if like in p.e. the girls would not have to play but the boys can play if they want to...

    March 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • Connor

      So if it is too hard and painful for girls like you participate in a girls sport maybe. The way you are putting this is that it should be a double standard because girls can't compete in something as well.

      March 13, 2012 at 12:32 am |
      • Andrew

        Football is all about the big hits and all of that... Why change it now? its been going on for almost 50 years now in the NFL. Its obiously the most exilerating part of the game. That would be plain out dumb to change this sport or to even ban it. Shame on whoever thought of doing this, because it would be taking alot from kids like me and all of my friends.

        March 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Zach

      I tore my ACL my sophmore year and I still come back to play the game. Football teaches you life long lessons, it takes dedication, passion, heart and team work. If the game is getting to violent just put a few new rules in to limit the injurys, don't take Americas greatest game away. 2011 State Champions

      March 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm |