South Beach Youth Football and Cheer Registers For USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program
By Space Coast Daily // June 29, 2017
ensuring positive youth football experience
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The South Beach Youth Football and Cheer Association (SBYFCA) based in Satellite Beach, Florida, is committed to ensuring a positive youth football experience and advancing player safety this fall by providing league-wide coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches through USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, educates more youth and high school coaches combined than any organization in the United States.
SBYFCA includes seven tackle teams/four cheer and multiple flag teams comprised of more than 200 players and 50 coaches throughout Satellite Beach and the surrounding areas.
All SBYFCA coaches will be trained in Heads Up Football techniques before leading their teams this season.
SBYFCA head coaches and assistant coaches will complete USA Football’s accredited Youth Tackle Certification Course, which includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols; sudden cardiac arrest protocols; proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting; heat and hydration information; as well as shoulder tackling and blocking techniques, which aim to reduce helmet contact.
Through Heads Up Football, Player Safety Coach John Wallace has been trained by USA Football to implement, evaluate and monitor Heads Up Football player safety protocols within the organization.
Player Safety Coaches work with league commissioners, coaches, parents and players throughout the season to provide on-site clinics and mentoring to ensure that coaching and player safety best practices are used.
More than 7,000 youth football organizations and high schools took part in Heads Up Football in 2016.
“All our coaches are excited about Heads Up this year,” said Robert Sealy, Seniors Tackle Assistant Coach. “The emphasis on safety is good for our players.”
USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said, “Heads Up Football is changing for the better how coaches are trained, players are taught, parents are informed and safety is addressed.”
“We are proud to have South Beach Youth Football and Cheer Association join us in leading America’s youth football community, helping to further establish important standards rooted in education for the good of our young athletes.”
Heads Up Football Requires Seven Primary Elements:
Coaching Certification: All coaches within a youth program are trained to teach the game’s fundamentals by completing USA Football’s nationally accredited Youth Tackle Certification Course.
Player Safety Coach: Appointed by each participating Heads Up Football youth organization. This individual ensures compliance with Heads Up Football’s player safety protocols, including coaching certification and conducting safety clinics for coaches, parents and players.
Concussion recognition and response: Coaches learn and are assessed on CDC concussion recognition and response through USA Football’s Youth Tackle Certification Course. Coaches, parents and players are taught concussion-related protocols at the start of the season at a league-wide clinic and have them reinforced throughout the season.
Heat and hydration: Coaches, parents and players learn heat and hydration safety measures provided by the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute. Sudden cardiac arrest Instruction on how to have plans and procedures in place to quickly react in the case of cardiac events, the No. 1 cause of death for children and teens taking part in athletics.
Equipment fitting: Coaches, parents and players are taught proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.
Shoulder Tackling and Blocking Series of fundamental drills reinforce tackling and blocking mechanics, teaching players who to perform these basic football skills with a focus on reducing helmet contact.
Indianapolis-based USA Football is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur football players.
The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NCAA’s Atlantic Coast Conference. USA Football (www.usafootball.com), endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, is the sport’s leader in coaching education and player skill advancement for a better, safer game.
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