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
This morning my wife shared a Facebook post from a friend about a high school football coach that suspended his entire team because of rampant bullying (here's the link to the story on Huffington Post). I thought: wow, what a courageous stand by the coach. Suspend the entire team?! I would think this kind of action … Continue reading Youth Sports as a Means to Teach Life Lessons
Minus the sweet shirt and the high fade, this is how I looked when I read the article from the New York Times citing a survey showing that participation in youth football grew - and grew more than any other U.S. sport! Several of my previous posts have highlighted that player safety concerns might result in … Continue reading Youth Football Participation Goes Up?!?!
Ever been driven to write a strongly worded letter? Well, two weeks ago I reacted that way when I read the Scorecard section in Sports Illustrated. John Wertheim asked Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke "What do you see as the biggest issue facing the NFL?" Kroenke responded "labor stability and our television contracts". I reacted … Continue reading Sports Illustrated Likes My Football Letter!
Late last year, the movie Concussion dramatized the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE [if you haven't seen the movie yet; I recommend it]. The movie attempts to move the discussion from a football fan or football parent-driven one to a more general public discussion. As a youth recreational sports advocate, this issue hits home as … Continue reading Football Head Injury Risk Enters Public Lexicon
Good piece today by Mike Freeman on his reaction following an advanced screening of the movie 'Concussion' due out in December. http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2588458-for-nfl-fans-concussion-movie-will-be-heartbreaking-enlightening-disturbing?tsm=1 via http://ble.ac/teamstream