INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 24, 2016) —Dozens of high school football coaches from around the country gathered in Indianapolis this weekend to learn new and safer ways to tackle.
The coaches will then go and train other youth football coaches the new techniques during clinics this summer impacting more than one million football players in the U.S.
“The biggest thing is to try and keep your head out of the game as much as possible,” Cathedral Football Coach Rick Streiff, who participated in the training, said. “It’s still football. The head’s going to get hit its just part of (the game.)”
Indianapolis-based USA Football led the clinic today as part of the organization’s “Heads Up Football,” campaign.
“It is important for us to continue to evolve how we educate (coaches) on the topic and how we make sure we are teaching the proper fundamentals,” USA Football’s Senior Director of Football Development Nick Inzerello said.
The main theme of the training was to keep your head up when going for a tackle and to lead with the shoulder.
“If you look at it from the X’s and O’s standpoint, the game is always evolving so we are just trying to fill in an educational side about health and safety,” Former Penn State and Chicago Bears player Michael Hanes said. “Football has been such a blessing for me that I really want to be able share that and make the game better and safer for all kids.”
“The game has great rewards,” Streiff said. “Lets fix it so that it is safer! Nobody is involved in this to watch a kid get hurt.”
If you’re a parent or coach of a youth football player click here to learn more information about the “Heads Up Campaign.”