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Youth Football

 

USA FOOTBALL

Football’s national governing body, leads the game’s development, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players.

Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002, USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. USA Football is an independent 501-c-3 non-profit organization that leads the development of the game through educational programs and innovative resources.

USA Football also annually awards $1 million in equipment grants and subsidizes league volunteer background checks. Additionally, USA Football provide information for Field Grants and different ways to fundraise.

For information about obtaining grants and learning different ways to fundraise please visithttp://usafootball.com/grants_and_fundraisers

Visit the USA Football web site to learn more about programming, education, and so much more: http://usafootball.com/headsup 

In 2014, the NFL Foundation announced a $45 million grant to support the growth of youth football. - READ MORE


HEADS UP FOOTBALL

The Issue:
Youth football leagues must address player safety and advance it in new and better ways. Dedicated volunteers who coach it can do so better and safer. They must learn safer tackling techniques endorsed by medical and football experts. They must know concussion awareness protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Such standards for safer play are needed in youth football.

The Solution:
USA Football created Heads Up Football to help youth leagues attain these standards, which are among the highest in any youth sport. This new membership program, endorsed by renowned medical experts and nationally respected football coaches, provides a comprehensive solution for a better, safer game. Heads Up Football is powered by innovation, educating coaches, parents and players in both direct and technologically advanced ways. Our children’s safety demands it.

For more information about Heads Up Football and concussion awareness:  http://usafootball.com/health-safety/concussion-awareness 


USA FOOTBALL MONTH

NFL & NFLPA recognize August as “USA Football Month”

USA Football and its mission of youth and amateur football development are emphasized across the NFL. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, the NFL Players Association and all 32 NFL teams.

The Tennessee Titans’ USA Football Month included the following throughout August:

• USA Football commemorative coins during preseason game coin flip.

• Youth football halftime scrimmage on preseason game day.

• USA Football messages promoting the sport’s fundamentals will be read on-air during game telecasts.

• On-field promotions through USA Football field stencils and end zone banners.

• In-stadium USA Football Month scoreboard video messages

"USA Football is proud to be the official youth football development partner of the NFL, the NFLPA and the league's 32 teams," said USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck. "From youth leagues to the NFL, football captures the imagination of all fans, regardless of age, and instills discipline, responsibility and physical fitness in our young people. We're proud to lead the game's development and further strengthen our NFL and NFL Players Association partnerships."

"USA Football Month encourages young people to be active and provides them with the necessary structure to enjoy our sport through thousands of youth leagues," said NFL Senior Advisor to the Commissioner and USA Football Board Member Joe Browne. "We in the NFL strongly support USA Football."

"The NFLPA and its 1,800 players are proud to join USA Football and the NFL in showing a unified commitment to youth football," said NFLPA Senior Director of Player Services and Development and USA Football Board Member Jason Belser. "USA Football stands for teaching the game the right way, and the NFL preseason is an ideal time to herald the sport's fundamentals as well as the excitement and anticipation we feel during this time of the year. We salute the young people and selfless volunteers who power youth football."


NFL FOUNDATION

The National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of sports, youth football and the communities in which we live.

The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game.

The site will serve as a resource for the public to learn about the Foundation’s work to improve the lives of those touched by the game of football through our support of youth football, the health and safety of athletes, and the communities where our fans live and our game is played. Also available on the site is information about the NFL Foundation’s grant programs. For those who are eligible and interested in applying for grants.

In 2014, the NFL Foundation announced a $45 million grant to support the growth of youth football. - READ MORE

For more information about the NFL Foundation: http://www.nflfoundation.org/ 


PUNT, PASS & KICK

The NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. This year PPK will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary!

Girls and boys in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum. The PPK program is free - both to organizers who host a local competition and to every youngster who wants to participate!

The Tennessee Titans and PP&K have forged a partnership that is both fun and convenient and gives an everlasting memory for players and parents. Each fall the Tennessee Titans host the sectional and regional competitions at Baptist Sports Park. Following the regional competition, each participant is invited to a game for a halftime demonstration and recognition. In addition, the top regional winners are acknowledged and displayed on the jumbotrons during THE GAME!!!

For more information about local Punt, Pass, & Kick competitions: http://www.nflppk.com/ 


TITANS HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE WEEK/YEAR PROGRAM

Through the Titans Foundation, the Titans make a $1,000 grant contribution to the High School football program of the honored weekly coach and also a $2,000 grant to the school of the Coach of the Year winner.

Now in its 14th season, the Titans have awarded more than $150,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week and Year winners.

The criterion for selection includes the coach’s impact on his team, school and community. A statewide media panel votes each week determines the weekly winner. All high school football coaches in Tennessee, regardless of their school’s size, league, or division, are eligible to be selected each week. The program is designed to recognize high school coaches who transform, through their hard work and dedication, student-athletes into the best possible football players and citizens in their community.



ANNUAL USA FOOTBALL COACHES CLINIC & YOUTH FOOTBALL FORUM

Youth football coaches and administrators receive instruction on how to teach the sport’s fundamentals, increase the efficiency of their teams’ practices and more. They also learn new ways to increase volunteerism, fundraising, in addition to recognizing and taking action if a youth athlete is suspected to have a concussion.

The forums are held annually across the country, in its mission to ensure everyone, in their respected region, are connected, able to share ideas and overall gain insight to how to make the youth football game better and teach and assist more kids in playing.

Please continue to revisit our site for more registration information about our 2014 USA Football Coaches clinic.


ANNUAL TITANS HIGH SCHOOL COACHES CLINIC

Titans High School Coaches Clinic gives coaches throughout the Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama, the opportunity to retrieve useful knowledge from the Tennessee Titans coaching staff. The clinic includes classroom sessions, as well as, moving outdoors where the position coaches will provide instructions on specific drills and techniques.

This summer clinic is held at Baptist Sports Park, which includes breakfast, lunch, and clinic T-shirt. Under the new format, discussion points and topics are generated from the participating coaches.

“I’ve participated in all of our previous clinics as a position coach and most of my staff members have done similar clinics over the years,” said Munchak. “I thought it would be a good twist to let the attendees help set the agenda of topics we cover, responding to what is currently important to them.”

Please continue to revisit our site for more registration information about our 2014 Titans High School Football Coaches clinic.