The Youth Sports Foundation in the Cedar Rapids area has committed to ensuring a positive youth football experience and advance player safety this fall by providing league-wide teaching resources and benefits for players, parents and coaches through USA Football’s League Affiliation membership.
USA Football’s League Affiliation membership includes all aspects of “Heads Up Football,” a smarter and safer way to teach and play youth football. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and the league’s 32 teams.
The Youth Sports Foundation, comprised of 6,000 players and 300 coaches, employs USA Football development resources through its memberships.
Benefits include access to an NFL Films video library with film clips and narration demonstrating NFL players’ fundamentally sound football techniques, a computer-animated library of football drills organized by position, a player age-appropriate practice planner for coaches and more.
All members of the youth football community have access to free videos and downloads pertaining to concussion awareness and management at usafootball.com through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USA Football.
All tackle football coaches in the league have access to USA Football’s 15-chapter coaching education course on usafootball.com. Course content covers how to best teach football fundamentals, communicating with players and player health and safety, including concussion education and management. Flag football coaches will complete a similar eight-chapter course.
USA Football’s League Affiliation also provides cost-saving features, including subsidies for adult volunteer background checks, affordable league websites and online player registration systems as well as comprehensive league insurance policies.
“The Youth Sports Federation shows exceptional dedication to their players, families and coaches,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Youth sports player safety demands a comprehensive solution, including coaching education, knowledge of how to address potential player health concerns, organized practices and other elements found through League Affiliation membership. The leaders at Youth Sports Federation deserve to be commended for doing things the right way and ensuring a great football experience.”
USA Football members – youth football players, coaches, commissioners and game officials – reside in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players.The independent nonprofit hosts more than 100 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football’s chairman.