I find the description of a new version of youth tackle football - Rookie Tackle - outlined in a recent Washington Post article very encouraging. This version sponsored by USA Football provides a developmental path to full 11-on-11 tackle football on a 100-yard field that is similar to the path for youth baseball (i.e. T-ball … Continue reading I LOVE the idea of Rookie Tackle Football
Interesting piece from Thayne Munce about youth football. http://www.insidesources.com/youth-football-groups-enough-protect-kids-injury/ He asserts that youth football is doing enough when it comes to safety. He cites the NFL's Heads Up program as evidence. I think he's 1/3 right. When it comes to making football safer; there arre three areas of focus: Training of players & coaches in … Continue reading Are Youth Football Groups Doing Enough to Protect Kids From Injury? – InsideSources
I have written numerous times here that I believe tackle football is facing a crisis. Parents are asking themselves whether their son should play football given the risks that are highlighted by the reports about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in the news. I found George Will's column in this weekend's paper. In the Dayton Daily … Continue reading George Will on The Fading Pleasure of Football
Coaches - mostly 1st timers in the Flag Football Fanatics league - are saying that the latest round of Hustle & Attitude coaching clinics was Very Useful to them. Over the last two weeks, I've held two clinics in each of the Flag Football Fanatics locations: Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton. 90 coaches attended! According to … Continue reading 90 Flag Football Coaches Trained!
In this piece from the Orlando Sentinel, George Diaz quotes former Miami Dolphin great Larry Csonka as saying "Kids shouldn't play tackle football until junior high..." and cites lack of qualified coaches and proper equipment as reasons. The link includes a video of Nick Buoniconti's son (Buoniconti is another Dolphin legend) talking about the struggles … Continue reading Another NFL Great Recommends Kids Don’t Play Tackle Football Before Junior High School
Last month I held six clinics for Flag Football Fanatics coaches in the Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati areas. 46 coaches participated in the clinics covering all aspects of coaching in the Flag Football Fanatics league. I sent a survey to the coaches that participated. 78% of those responding to the survey indicated the material was … Continue reading 1st Time Flag Football Coaches Found My Clinic Very Useful
I came across an article in the New York Times about USA Football experimenting with what they are calling 'Modified Tackle' football for youth. Then again this morning, Nancy Armour wrote about it in the USA Today. I think this is a great idea. I have written extensively about youth football - Hustle & Attitude … Continue reading The Future of Youth Football