Is Tenure a Good Thing?

Well apparently it’s not good for football helmets anymore.  According to the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) at the beginning of the 2012 season, they will not allow helmets that are 10 years or older to be reconditioned and certified for play.  What does this mean for teams, and is it going to make a huge impact?

Well according to Team Insight Magazine, many schools buy 10 percent more helmets than the number of players on the team.  For example, if a team has about 100 players on it, most schools will have at least 110 helmets just in case they need more.  However, with the budgets for sports decreasing and the new 10 and out rule, schools that would normally have 110 helmets for the team may drop down to 70.  This of course means less opportunity for kids that just want to play the sport.

However, on the flip side of this the new ruling, it will provide more quality protection for the youth.  For example if you look at a helmet that came out 10 years ago and a helmet that came out this year, you will see a huge difference in the amount of technology that went into making the new helmet.  The new padding as well as design found on the newer helmets will provide better overall protection to players.

So is this a good thing? You decide