FootBrawl - A new code of football

Jodi - posted on 05/15/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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There is a new sport being promoted in Australia - or at least they are trying to get it off the ground. It is called FootBrawl. And it is being promoted to children as young as 6.

The website describes the rules as follows:
New Football game that combines different codes of football and MMA (mixed martial arts) 5 starting players and 3 subs. How do you score? Throw the ball through the net, kick the ball through the net or pick up the person who has the ball and throw them through the net!! Full body contact is allowed only the goalies are allowed to contact the head with the Brawler Bo (the Footbrawl Padded Stick). Anyone can attack anyone in any combination, punches, kicks, elbows, throws, takedowns, submission holds.

I invite you to watch the videos here:
http://footbrawl.com.au/video

Do you think that this is inviting disaster? At least in marital arts, it is generally one on one with close supervision. With the various codes of football, while tackling is permitted, most of the moves that seem to be permitted in FootBrawl would be illegal and penalties issued.

I am curious as to the thoughts of others.

My thoughts come from a mother who has a son who plays rugby league at U15 level (and at this level, injuries are pretty commonplace), but this particular code of sport seems to be inviting injuries. Unlike martial arts, it is NOT a one on one situation. I watched the videos and I felt that there is huge potential for problems with this. Personally, I wouldn't let my kids play.

The person organising this indicated he thought it was a great outlet for kids and their aggression. I'm sorry, a sporting field shouldn't be a place for kids to express their aggression on someone else. If that's your issue, get a punching bag .

What do you think?

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MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/16/2012

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I think this is absolutely terrible! In no way shape or form would my kids be playing this game or combat, if you will.

I agree, this is inviting disaster. I couldn't imagine my kid being kicked, punched, thrown and what have you, during a sport. Let alone by multiple opponents. Just the name makes me shiver. Brawl? That is exactly what it seems to be advocating.

I understand MMA and it is one on one and they are shown techniques to not terribly hurt each other. They are closely monitored and at age 6, they aren't beating the crap out of each other.

Wow, I can't believe some people think this is a good thing. **sigh**

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