The 49ers and USA Football conducted a Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach clinic in Santa Clara on Saturday, June 8. USA Football instructed more than 100 Player Safety Coaches, representing leagues throughout the state. This group will then teach Heads Up Football to their youth league coaches, players and parents.
Heads Up Football is a comprehensive approach to a better and safer game, encompassing USA Football's accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course; Heads Up Tackling techniques; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols; and instruction on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.
After completing the workshop, Player Safety Coaches will oversee their leagues' implementation of the highest national coaching standards for youth football. Player Safety Coaches also will monitor practices and games throughout the season.
The 49ers Youth Football program is committed to helping ensure a safe and positive football experience for boys and girls through proper tackling and equipment fitting training for players coaches and parents. At over 50 events annually, youth are also encouraged to live a healthy, active lifestyle through physical activity and healthy eating.
USA Football leads the game's development, inspires participation and ensures a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football (www.usafootball.com), endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies.