Youth football leagues across the United States are busy preparing for the upcoming season.
Commissioners are double-checking their equipment inventory to make sure they have enough certified helmets and shoulder pads for players this fall.
Regular annual inspection of football equipment allows league administrators the opportunity to recondition helmets and replace broken or old gear when necessary. Reconditioning is an important part to prolonging the life of equipment.
Class is in session in the new school of football. The focus is on teaching kids a safer way to tackle, easing the fears of parents alarmed enough about concussions to ask whether their sons should play at all and ensuring a now-thriving game has a future.
The faculty began taking shape here over the weekend. It includes Chuck Kyle, who in 30 seasons as coach at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland has won 11 Ohio state titles and twice been named USA TODAY’s National High School Coach of the Year.
Attaining maximum performance in anything requires reaching full potential.
This applies to football - for the athlete, the coach ... and the athlete's equipment.
Putting football fundamentals into practice and wearing season-ready equipment bolster player safety.
Helmet reconditioning is especially important to protect players and to attain a helmet's maximum life span.