Press Box

YMCA Waxahachie Youth Tackle Football League employs USA Football League Affiliation membership

Steve Alic, Director of Communications Thu, 08/18/2011 - 1:13pm

The YMCA Waxahachie (Texas) Youth Tackle Football League 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.

Waxahachie Youth Tackle Football is comprised of 103 players, 81 cheerleaders, 15 drill team members and 32 coaches who reside in Ellis County, Texas. Each of the league’s players and coaches will become USA Football members with access to member resources and benefits.

All tackle football 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. Flag football coaches will complete a similar eight-chapter course.

Every Waxahachie Youth Tackle 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 represents a sense of respectful rules and regulations that are recognized nationwide,” Waxahachie Youth Tackle Football League President TAMMY BLAKE said. “Players will benefit from the knowledge, resources and coaching tactics made available by USA Football League Affiliation. I’d like to thank our head coaches MIKE FAY, ANTHONY GATTIN, LUIS O’FARRILL and DR. STEVE TOKER for their commitment to our program.”

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. Waxahachie Youth Tackle Football also possesses a direct relationship with USA Football, the NFL and its teams.

“Waxahachie Youth Tackle Football is dedicated to its players, families and coaches,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Through Tammy’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.