The fluid state of athletic competition is characterized as a result of advanced athlete evolution and the measures subsequently taken to address safety concerns of those involved.
On June 21st, Northwestern High School held one of many seasonal USA Football safety clinics, hosted by Detroit PAL. In conjunction with Detroit Lions Youth Football, the USA Heads Up Football Safety initiative geared their latest clinic to the needs of arguably the most influential youth sideline support systems, parents.
Nearly 100 parents from Detroit PAL’s football program filled gymnasium bleachers for the two-hour seminar, hosted by the Detroit Lions Director of Youth Football, Chris Fritzsching. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE), Heads Up safety training sessions empower coaches and parents through education pertaining to concussion awareness, heat and hydration precautions, and athlete physical contact.
Accompanied by Fritzsching, Detroit PAL parents then joined their children on the football field for professional physical demonstrations; up close and personal. “Proper physical implementation and execution is essential for our youth players’ safety”, Chris explained. With parents and coaches only steps away from the practice area, Heads Up Football uses direct exposure to maximize awareness of organization-wide coaching standards and practice.
One of the largest inner-city football programs in the country, with 96 teams and nearly 2,500 players, PAL football programming promotes youth development by consistently providing an established core of certified leaders.
“These types of things are very important for our football program”, said Associate Athletic Director Darnell Hall, “we want to make sure that our parents are taking in the full experience”. Beggining June 23rd, PAL football officially opened the 2014 season with teams taking the field for the first week of practice.
The six-month football and character building framework is set to serve youngsters through the season’s end, in mid- November. As proud supporters of Detroit Lions Youth Football and USA Football, PAL continues to improves the ability of both parents and coaches to run more effective programs within a positive and safe practice environment.