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Suburban Amateur Football League in Western Mass. Employs USA Football Coaching Education Program

By Steve Alic Mon, 05/03/2010 - 5:25am

Helping foster a great football experience for its youngsters, the Suburban Amateur Football League (Mass.) has required its 75 head coaches to enroll into USA Football's coaching membership for its players' betterment. Coaches will receive an array of resources, including USA Football's Certified Coaching Education Program (CCEP). The league serves 3,000 youth football players living in Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Frontier, Greenfield, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Mohawk, Northampton, Palmer, Quabbin, Quaboag, South Hadley, Springfield, Ware, Westfield, West Springfield and Wilbraham.

USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, has trained more than 30,000 youth football coaches in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., since 2007. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, each of its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association.

To advance through USA Football's online coaching course, which takes approximately two hours to complete, a coach must receive a cumulative score of at least 80 percent on its 15 chapter quizzes. The computer-animated course with audio narration covers coaching philosophy, practice planning and communicating with young players and parents. It also encompasses player health material and video addressing concussion awareness, hydration and proper equipment fitting.

USA Football coaching membership for the league's head coaches provides innovative resources including coaching insurance, a video drills library with more than 150 drills, an online practice planner, USA Football's "Click 'n Create" online playbook, and more.

Upon completing USA Football's CCEP, each coach receives a USA Football coaching certificate and has his or her name added to's national coaches registry.

"USA Football allows us to bring all of our coaches to a common place focused on youth football. The tools provided in the education program are specific to youth football. We now have a unified focus for our coaches to work from," Suburban Amateur Football League commissioner and South Hadley resident MARK DU BOIS said. "USA Football's coaching education will provide the kids with a more productive and fun football experience while learning the game. Any time we can help educate our coaches, our kids benefit tremendously."

"The best way to shape America's favorite sport at the youth level is to provide coaches with resources to become quality instructors and mentors," USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. "The Suburban Amateur Football League is doing that in an exciting way under Mark's leadership through our coaching membership and course. Prepared and dedicated coaches result in youngsters having more fun playing a game they love - that is precisely what is happening for youth football in Western Massachusetts."

About USA Football

USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football ( is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.