Press Box

United Youth Football and Cheer teams up with USA Football to launch its national "Play It Safe" initiative

Steve Alic, USA Football Wed, 04/18/2012 - 8:45am

United Youth Football and Cheer (UYFL) is committed to ensure a positive football experience for its players, parents and coaches by providing new league-wide benefits and innovations from USA Football through 2014.

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.

United Youth Football is comprised of more than 100,000 players and coaches across the country. Each UYFL coach has access to USA Football’s digital coaching education curriculum and teaching resources.

UYFL coaches will complete USA Football’s Level 1 coaching course, the sport’s first and only course to earn accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). The only other sport to follow USA Football’s path to NCACE course accreditation for youth coaches is soccer.

UYFL coaches will be prepared to lead their teams this season by completing the 15-chapter USA Football course on usafootball.com, encompassing how to best teach football fundamentals in addition to communicating with players and player health and safety, including concussion education and management. USA Football course material covering concussion was created in partnership and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical experts.

Coaches 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 to efficiently structure their practice sessions and more.

“The education and digital resources that our coaches gain from USA Football will make them better teachers and add even more fun to our season while also advancing player safety,” United Youth Football and Cheer National Membership Director TONY ARENA said. “Our goal is to give every player the attention he needs in order to improve his skills and confidence within football’s team-first values. USA Football helps us to reach that goal in an exciting way.”

“United Youth Football and Cheer is committed to setting the highest standards of coaching excellence for its players and families,” said USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK. “Under Tony’s leadership, the UYFL will employ the best teaching resources in the sport to ensure great football experiences with an emphasis on smart play and player safety.”

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, hosts more than 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and each of the league’s 32 teams. Indianapolis-based USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants and subsidizes youth league volunteer background checks. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.