USA Football to Lead Player Safety on Youth Level Through Heads Up Football Program’s Master Trainers

USA Football, the national governing body of the sport in the United States, will conduct its first Heads Up Football Master Trainer workshop on March 2-3 in Indianapolis.

USA Football will instruct 21 Master Trainers, including some of the top high school football coaches in the nation as well as former NFL and college players. This group will then teach the Heads Up Football program to youth league leaders across the country.

Heads Up Football is a comprehensive approach to a better and safer game, encompassing USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, Heads Up Tackling techniques, educating leagues on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols and instructing on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting. USA Football’s Master Trainers bring a wealth of experience and success – including a combined 26 high school state championships – to the position.

After completing the USA Football workshop, Master Trainers will instruct youth leagues in their regions on Heads Up Football, educating youth league-appointed Player Safety Coaches who will oversee their leagues’ implementation of the highest national coaching standards for youth football. These standards include league-wide completion of the Level 1 Coach Certification Course as well as conducting a Heads Up Football Coaches Clinic and a Heads Up Safety Clinic for parents and players within their leagues. Player Safety Coaches also will monitor their leagues’ practices and games throughout the season.

“Heads Up Football promotes a safer, better game,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “We are proud to have this group assist us in leading America’s youth football community as Heads Up Football Master Trainers, helping to set the highest standards of player safety and coaching education in any youth sport.”

“Youth leagues have a tremendous opportunity in 2013 to adopt USA Football’s Heads Up Football program,” Cincinnati Bengals head coach MARVIN LEWIS said. “USA Football has earned my trust – they put the safety of our kids first and offer the training youth coaches need to be exceptional teachers.

“All of us in the football community, at each level of the game, need to be committed to raising youth football’s standards, and Heads Up Football does that.”

Adds New York Giants head coach TOM COUGHLIN: “USA Football is establishing a set of standards by which a person becomes certified to coach, and I endorse that 100 percent. Only allow your child to play when you know that USA Football certification is there for the coach and you know that your child is being taught the proper fundamentals of the game and that real intelligence has gone into the preparation of practices.”

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