Lee Franconia Football League (LFFL) is a staunch supporter of the Heads-Up initiative spearheaded by the USA Football Association and the National Football League. Heads Up Football is a new approach USA Football and the NFL are embarking on to change the culture of America's favorite sport.
This comprehensive solution to player safety promotes concussion awareness and management, coaching education, proper equipment fitting and Heads Up Tackling as well as a set of recommended standards for parents, coaches and leagues.
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MORE THAN 900 YOUTH LEAGUES
COMMIT TO SAFER FOOTBALL
THROUGH USA FOOTBALL’S
HEADS UP FOOTBALL PROGRAM
Nationwide program launched with $1.5 million grant from the NFL Foundation
More than 900 youth football leagues across the United States representing more than 200,000 players and 30,000 coaches nationwide have committed to the health and safety of their young players by adopting Heads Up Football, a new USA Football pilot program for the 2013 season dedicated to making the game better and safer.
The Heads Up Football program promotes a positive youth football experience and advances player safety by providing coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches. Heads Up Football aims to take the head out of the game. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.
Heads Up Football is comprised of five primary elements:
Heads Up Tackling
· USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling technique, endorsed by medical and football experts, teaches players to keep their heads up and out of the line of contact.
· All coaches within a youth program are trained to teach the game’s fundamentals by completing USA Football’s nationally accredited Level 1 Coaching Certification Course.
Concussion recognition and response
· Coaches learn and are assessed on CDC concussion recognition and response through USA Football’s Level 1 Coaching Certification Course.
· Coaches, parents and players are taught concussion-related protocols at the start of the season at a leaguewide clinic and have them reinforced throughout the season.
Player Safety Coach
· Appointed by each participating Heads Up Football youth organization. This individual is trained by USA Football to implement Heads Up Football’s player safety protocols, including coaching certification, and conducts safety clinics for coaches, parents and players.
· Coaches, parents and players are taught proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.
Seventy-eight former NFL players also will participate in the program as Heads Up Football Ambassadors, working with youth leagues to reinforce the Heads Up message. Former NFL standouts CARL BANKS, TONY CASILLAS, RANDALL CUNNINGHAM and BARRY SANDERSare among those serving as Heads Up Football Ambassadors. They will work alongside youth leagues, attending select practices and games while endorsing Heads Up Football.
Youth coaches of participating leagues will be trained in Heads Up Football techniques before leading their teams this season. All head coaches and assistant coaches are required to complete USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coaching Certification Course, which includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols; proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting; and Heads Up Tackling techniques, which aim to take the head out of the line of contact, and teach proper fundamentals.
Parents can help ensure their youth football players are participating in a better and safer brand of football by visiting www.usafootball.com. Youth leagues can register online today for Heads Up Football and to have their coaches certified.
“The health and safety of every youth player is USA Football’s No. 1 priority,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “These leagues show exceptional dedication to their players, parents and coaches. Each of them is committed to the highest standards of player safety and coaching education in all of youth sports.
“We are proud to have them and our Heads Up Football Ambassadors be part of this program.”
“As chairman of the NFL Foundation and as a parent of two young football players, I believe the Heads Up Football program is essential in making the game we all love safer for youth players,” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president and chief brand officer. “The program is also important for parents, providing resources for their kids to play the game safely and properly. The NFL Foundation is pleased to be supporting this important program.”
“I’m proud to be a part of USA Football’s Heads Up Football program,” said Sanders, a Hall of Fame running back with the Detroit Lions. “Football is a fun game which offers so many rewards and instills countless positives for our kids when the game is taught correctly and coaches are prepared to teach. Heads Up Football accomplishes this. The program is changing for the better how youth football is played.”
Heads Up Football is the future of the game. Through Heads Up Football, each youth league will nominate a Player Safety Coach to be trained by USA Football. Player Safety Coaches will implement and monitor Heads Up Football player safety protocols within the organization. They also work with league commissioners, coaches, parents and players throughout the season to provide on-site clinics and mentoring to employ coaching and player safety best practices. Parents are encouraged to be involved throughout the process, to ensure their youth players are learning Heads Up Football skills.
In addition to the NFL and NFL Foundation, organizations that support Heads Up Football include the NCAA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Federation of State High School Associations, American Football Coaches Association and Sports and Fitness Industry Association. Organizations that play youth football that have adopted or endorsed Heads Up Football include the United Youth Football League, National Police Athletic League, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Jewish Community Centers Association. The goal is to encourage all 10,000 youth football leagues across the country to sign up for Heads Up Football.
Former NFL players serving as Heads Up Football Ambassadors:
ORGANIZATION (PARENT ORGANIZATION)
HEADS UP FOOTBALL AMBASSADOR
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southcentral Alaska
Juneau Youth Football League
Princeton Youth Athletics
Al Del Greco
Bentonville Youth Football Association
Empowerment Through Sports Youth Football League
Williams Youth Football & Cheer (Northern Arizona Youth Football League)
Benicia Youth Football & Cheer
Del Norte Nighthawks Youth Football & Cheer
Vernon Vipers (Connecticut Youth Football & Cheerleading League)
Westport PAL Football (Fairfield County Football League)
Brandywine Warriors Football and Cheerleading (Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference)
Avon Park Youth Football (Mid Florida Football & Cheerleading Conference)
Jacksonville PAL (Greater Jacksonville Pop Warner Football Conference)
Tamiami Colts (Xtream Youth Football League)
Cascade Wolverines Youth Football (Metro Atlantic Youth Football League)
Central Dekalb Jaguars Youth Football (North Metro Youth Football League)
Kauai Youth Football
Little Roadrunner Football (Pride Of Iowa Youth Football League)
Metro Youth Football Association
Southeast Idaho Youth Football League
Antioch Vikings Youth Football & Cheerleading (The Chicagoland Youth Football League)
Carol Stream Youth Football (Bill George Youth Football League)
Center Grove Bantam Football League
Franklin Township Youth Football
Wyandotte County Youth Football & Cheer
YMCA of Topeka
Bud Hudson Youth Football League
Fort Thomas Junior Football League
Ascension Cougars Youth Football (Tri-Parish Youth Football League)
Goretti Park (NORD)
Westfield Youth Football (Suburban Amateur Football League)
Mechanicsville Braves Football and Cheer (Metro League Sports Association)
Owings Mills Wolfpack Youth Football Program (Greater Baltimore Youth Football League)
Aroostook Huskies Football
Scarborough Football Club (Southern Maine Youth Football League)
Farmington Rockets Junior Football & Cheer (Oakland Macomb Youth Football Association)
Lincoln Park Junior Rails (Downriver Junior Football League)
Centennial Youth Football Association
Iron Horse (TNT Youth Football & Cheer League)
Twin City Youth Football Association
Missoula Youth Football
Charlotte-Mecklenburg PAL (Little Panthers Pop Warner)
North Carolina Youth Football Optimist League
Jr. Mavs Football (Heartland Youth Football League)
Portsmouth Youth Football Association (Seacoast Junior Football League)
Florham Park Falcons (West Essex Junior Football League)
Montclair Cobras Junior Football (Twin Valley Football Conference)
New Mexico Youth Football League
NERF Las Cruces
Anthem Cougars Youth Football (Elite Youth Sports)
Elite Green Valley Knights Youth Football (Elite Youth Sports)
Commack Youth League (Suffolk County PAL)
North Tonawanda Athletic Association (Niagara Youth Football League)
Columbus Vikings (Karl J. Fulton Pony League)
Mentor Youth Football Association
OKC Wolfpack (Oklahoma Elite Football League)
Alberta Park Youth Football (PAL of Portland)
Lakeridge Youth Football (Tualatin Valley Youth Football League)
Hopewell Midget Youth Football League (Western PA Youth Football)
North Shore Stallions
Blue Ridge Youth Association (Greenville County Recreation District)
Mt. Pleasant Youth Association (Greenville County Recreation District)
Boys & Girls Club of Watertown Tackle Football
South Dakota Junior Football
Southeast Memphis Athletic Association
West Nashville Broncos Youth Football (Mid-State Youth Football League)
CY-Fair Sports Association
Frisco Football League
Herriman Mustangs (Ute Conference)
Hunter Wolverines (Ute Conference)
West Valley City
Central Loudoun Youth Football League
Colchester Football Boosters Association Incorporated (Northern Vermont Youth Football League)
Fairfax Patriots Youth Football League (Northern Vermont Youth Football League)
CD Panther Football and Cheer (South King County Junior Football League)
Rainier Valley Football Association (South King County Junior Football League)
Follansbee Blue Wave
North Parkersburg Rambler's Football
Fox Valley Pop Warner Football
Green Bay Packers (Duck Creek Pop Warner)
USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling technique was developed with contributions from USA Football’s Tackle Advisory Committee, which includes Northwestern head coach PAT FITZGERALD, UCLA head coach JIM MORA, former NFL running back MERRIL HOGE, Miami Christopher Columbus High School head coach CHRIS MERRITT and sports psychologist DR. DAVID YUKELSON.
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, leads the game’s development, inspires participation and ensures a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and awards more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.