Press Box

Golden State All-American Football employs USA Football League Affiliation membership

Steve Alic, Director of Communications Mon, 08/01/2011 - 3:12pm

The Golden State (Calif.) All-American Football & Cheer Conference is committed to ensure a positive youth football experience in 2011 by providing new league-wide benefits for its players, parents and coaches through USA Football’s League Affiliation membership. USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.

Golden State All-American Football is comprised of 1,296 players, 360 cheerleaders and 252 coaches who reside in Daly City, San Mateo, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Jose, Oakland, Hayward, Union City, Newark and Fremont, Calif. Each of the league’s players and coaches will become USA Football members with access to member resources and benefits.

All coaches will be prepared to lead their teams this season by completing a 15-chapter coaching education course on usafootball.com, encompassing how to best teach football fundamentals, communicating with players and player health and safety, including concussion education and management.

Every Golden State All-American Football player, parent and coach will receive USA Football development resources, including access to an online film room to help teach football fundamentals, a computer-animated library of football drills organized by position to prepare players for their next practice, a practice planner for coaches to efficiently structure their practice sessions and more.

Parents, players and coaches also have access to usafootball.com myCOACH’S and myPLAYER’S pages – a secure social network that connects coaches to players and parents beyond the practice field with USA Football development resources, including an NFL Films video library with film clips and narration demonstrating NFL players’ football techniques.

“League affiliation will help our coaches to be better at what they do. It will help our associations provide better customer service and a better product to the parents and participants,” Golden State All-American Football President CHIRIKA GATES said. “With the resources that USA Football offers, our players will be more knowledgeable of the game and become better scholar-athletes. It will prepare them for the next level.”

USA Football’s League Affiliation also provides cost-saving features, including subsidies for adult volunteer background checks, league websites and online player registration systems as well as affordable league insurance policies. Golden State All-American Football also possesses a direct relationship with USA Football, the NFL and its teams.

“Golden State All-American Football is dedicated to its players, families and coaches,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Through Chirika’s leadership, USA Football’s member resources will deliver a fun and exciting season while offering a deeper knowledge of the sport and its inherent team-first values.”

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 80 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.