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ESPN is as committed as USA Football to improving high school football. Together, we’re focused on educating coaches and enhancing athlete safety by bringing the comprehensive, expert-endorsed Heads Up Football program into school districts nationwide — with a special emphasis on working in underserved communities.
From locker room posters and hydration charts to drills and parent resources, this digital guide gives you all the right resources to support your team.
USA Football’s Guide to a Better, Safer Game, is a 144-page resource guide for high school and youth football coaches. The book is written and designed with insight from successful coaches and leaders in sports medicine. It includes information that football coaches may employ to advance player safety and on-field performance.
This USA Football and ESPN guide covers the core elements that make a huge difference on and off the field: specifics like managing social media and stopping bullying as well as big-picture concerns such as accountability, leadership and character development.
ESPN funds the Clinic & Scholarship Program — which supports Heads Up Football training and private clinics — and the Heads Up Football Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to school districts, underserved high schools and individual coaches.
Scholarship your entire coaching staff into Heads Up Football program as well as learn how to host a coveted private player/coach clinic at your school.
How to participate:
In order to participate in this unique opportunity USA Football requires the following commitments from your school:
Coaching Clinics for Underprivileged Communities USA Football’s pilot program takes Heads Up Football to underprivileged communities, making sure that youth football coaches have the training and resources they need to implement the latest health, safety and practice guidelines.
Monday Night Football Activations ESPN builds on its big night with USA Football Heads Up Football Clinics at the facilities of Monday Night Football host teams, and by taking part in Dick’s Sporting Goods Sports Matter project that offers clinics and grants for underserved area high schools.
College Football Playoff and Super Bowl Clinics ESPN helps create champions at football championship events, with Youth and High School Heads Up Football Clinics, and Future Captains Clinics that take deserving athletes and their coaches inside the main events.