Remember when Power Puff football games was a friendly day of junior and senior girls laughing through a game of flag football? Not anymore, these games have grown more and more serious, and getting physical to a point where injuries are becoming a big concern.
South Hills had a powder puff game called last week after a girl was streamrolled in the open field. It was the kind of hit that would draws oohs and ahhs on any Friday night, except it happened in Powder Puff, which is not that uncommon. You hear stories that Powder Puff games are out of control, ending in fights, vicious blocks, and basically a no rules barrage that are putting the girls that play at risk. High School football summer 7 on 7 games are safer than this.
It might be a good time for school’s to take a serious look at the game and come up with ground rules that make it safe, and teach the game better so that hits like this don’t happen.
Covina-Valley Unified Superintendent Dr. Richard M. Sheehan agrees that changes are needed.
“We are definitely reviewing the powder puff games,” Sheehan said. “Like all athletes, the girls are getting stronger and faster. We may take a look at the seven on seven rules currently used in tournaments and modify them appropriately. First and foremost the student safety comes first, but we want to let the kids have fun. It’s finding the balance of both.”
— Eva Kitani (@evamariekitani) May 14, 2017