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  1. HEADS UP FOOTBALL • 2015

  2. BETTER, SAFER GAME • WHO IS USA FOOTBALL?

  3. USA FOOTBALL • MISSION STATEMENT • BETTER, SAFER GAME • “USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, leads the game’s development, inspires participation, and creates a better and safer experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players.”

  4. USA FOOTBALL • PILLARS OF USA FOOTBALL • BETTER, SAFER GAME • EDUCATION • HEALTH & SAFETY • PROGRAMS • Nationally Accredited Coaching Education • Player Progression Model • Levels of Contact • USA Football National Conference • Parent Safety Checklists • Blogs & Videos • Background Checks • Equipment Fitting • Concussion Recognition & Response • Heat and Hydration Awareness • Heads Up Football • Insurance • FUNdamentals / PPK • NFL Flag • Membership • National Teams • Equipment Grant Programs

  5. BETTER, SAFER GAME • STATE OF YOUTH & HS FOOTBALL

  6. YOUTH FOOTBALL • IN THE NEWS • BETTER, SAFER GAME

  7. USA FOOTBALL • YOUTH PARTICIPATION • BETTER, SAFER GAME • Tackle Football is down 8% from 2012 - 2013

  8. USA FOOTBALL • PROBLEMS FACING THE GAME • BETTER, SAFER GAME • Lack of Best Practices & Standards • Sports Specialization • Governance Challenges • Lack of Resources & Limited Coaches • Focus on Elite Development • Shrinking Youth Population • Economic Challenges • Marginalization of Recreational Athlete

  9. BETTER, SAFER GAME • CHANGINGBEHAVIOR-HEADSUPFOOTBALL

  10. BETTER, SAFER GAME • WHAT IS HEADS UP FOOTBALL?

  11. USA FOOTBALL • HEADS UP FOOTBALL • BETTER, SAFER GAME • OriginalContent • 2014 • 2015 • HeadsUp Blocking • Coaching Education • Concussion Awareness • Equipment Fitting • HeadsUp Tackling • Heat& Hydration • Sudden Cardiac

  12. USA FOOTBALL • PARTNERSHIP WITH NFHS • BETTER, SAFER GAME • + • HUF Course on NFHS Learn and includes NFHS Concussion in Sport & Heat Illness Prevention that satisfies state requirements

  13. BETTER, SAFER GAME • HEADS UP FOOTBALL • WHY HIGH SCHOOL? • Experiencing Many of the Same Challenges as Youth • Continuity of Instruction & Terminology • High School Coach is the Influencer to Youth Programs

  14. USA FOOTBALL • PLAYER SAFETY COACH • BETTER, SAFER GAME • + Experienced • + Alumni – coach/player/referee • + Respected • + Strong leader • + Willing to drive change • + Level 1 Coach Certification • + Attend PSC Clinic. Training on: • Heads Up Tackling & Blocking technique • Concussion Awareness • Equipment Fitting • Heat & Hydration • Sudden Cardiac • + Observe and Monitor Practices and Games • + Ensures All Coaches are Level 1 Certified

  15. USA FOOTBALL • MASTER TRAINERS • BETTER, SAFER GAME • Over 100 Master trainers including current and retired High School coaches, retired NFL coaches & players

  16. USA FOOTBALL • FOOTBALL ADVISORY COMMITTEE • BETTER, SAFER GAME • Chuck Kyle • Cleveland St. Ignatious (OH) • Gabe Infante • Philadelphia St. Joseph Prep • (PA) • David Cutcliffe • Duke University • Bill Polian • ESPN • Tony Dungy • NBC Sports • Pat Fitzgerald • Northwestern • Merill Hoge • ESPN • John Roderique • Webb City (MO) • Bruce Rollinson • Mater Dei (CA) • Jeff Saturday • ESPN • Sam Mutz • Pop Warner • Roman Oben • EX-NFL Player • Bill LeMonnier • Big Ten / ESPN • Oliver Luck • NCAA • George Teague • Shelton (TX) • Bob Stoops • University of Oklahoma • Grant Teaff • AFCA • DavidShaw • Stanford University

  17. BETTER, SAFER GAME

  18. BETTER, SAFER GAME • USA FOOTBALL • IMPLEMENTATION PATHWAY • Nominate a PSC • Implement with Team • Educate Staff & Get Certified • Educate Parents • Terms & Conditions • Trained by Master Trainer

  19. USA FOOTBALL • TIMELINES FOR HEADS UP FOOTBALL • BETTER, SAFER GAME • PSC Clinics • H.S. Heads Up Football • Registration • February - August • Deadline: 8/16 • March- September • Deadline: 9/8 • March- June • Deadline: 6/15

  20. USA FOOTBALL HEADS UP FOOTBALL COST • BETTER, SAFER GAME • $25 per coach • All coaches register – head and assistants – as a USA Football member • $1 Million Insurance for all certified coaches • The only cost for the entire Heads Up Football program • Can be paid by either your school or each coach • Distributed using a Membership Code unique to each school

  21. DATALYS • INJURY SURVEILLANCE STUDY • BETTER, SAFER GAME • Purpose • The primary purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of Heads Up Football (HUF). • Process • 5 HUF leagues vs. 5 Non-HUF Leagues • 2,100 players • 10 Leagues spanned four states: AZ, IN, MA, SC • Players ages 5 -14 years • Athletic Trainers present at every practice and game • Preliminary Results • 76% reduction in injuries recorded at practice • 57% reduction in time-loss injuries • 38% reduction in injuries during games • 34% concussion reductions in practice* • 29% concussion reductions in games* • *Concussion findings not statistically significant due to low numbers of concussion sustained

  22. BETTER, SAFER GAME • HEADS UP FOOTBALL • WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS? • Proactive Solution = Behavior Change • Peace of Mind For All Stakeholders • Consistent Education • Risk Minimization • Insurance

  23. HEADS UP FOOTBALL HIGH SCHOOL • 2014 FINAL NUMBERS • 750+ • High Schools • 7.5K • Coaches • 35K • Players

  24. USA FOOTBALL • SUPPORTERS & ENDORSERS • BETTER, SAFER GAME

  25. BETTER, SAFER GAME • USA FOOTBALL • CONTACT US • Ed Passino • High School Manager, East Region • Phone: 317-489-4437 • Email: epassino@usafootball.com • Nicole Onley • Coordinator, Membership Experience • Phone: 317-614-7763 • Email: nonley@usafootball.com

  26. BETTER, SAFER GAME. • Thank You!