youth sports concussions act

On April 27, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee passed by voice vote - despite serious objections from NSGA and other stakeholders - "The Youth Sports Concussions Act," S. 2508, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). If passed by the full Senate and signed into law, this bill would have serious implications for retailers and team dealers who sell protective equipment, especially helmets for team sports.

As drafted, S. 2508 would hold any seller, including sporting goods retailers and team dealers, liable and subject to fines and Federal or state government action, for the claims made by other parties, specifically protective equipment manufacturers, about the protective capabilities of their products.

This is a bad bill, and the Senate needs to hear from you that it would be making a huge mistake in passing the bill in its current form. An amendment drafted by Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) would place the burden where it rightfully belongs, on protective equipment manufacturers. We must encourage him to introduce that amendment before the bill is considered by the full Senate.

In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives has an identical companion bill, H.R. 4460, which has been assigned to the Sub-Committee on Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Time is of the Essence. Please contact your Senators and Representative today.

Click here to go to the Senate website. The Senator search is in the upper right-hand corner. When you enter your state, the contact information for both Senators will appear. If you choose to write, many Senators have an email form you can access on your Senator's website.

To reach your Congressman or Congresswoman, click here. The form will ask for your zip code, which will identify your Representative. There are icons near the photo of the Representative that will take you to his or her main webpage and email message page;

Click here to see a copy of the letter NSGA sent to the Senate Commerce Committee Chairman and Ranking Minority Member. Feel free to use any parts of the letter, customizing it with information about your own business.