Youth league adopts USA Football training

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Youth Football League is committed to ensuring a positive youth football experience and advancing player safety this fall by providing league-wide coaching education and teaching resources through USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.

USA Football is the official youth development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. The SYFL is a member of the Northern Illinois Football Conference of more than 1,000 players and 200 coaches.

Every SYFL coach will be trained in Heads Up Football techniques before leading their teams this season. All SYFL head and assistant coaches will complete USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, which includes concussion recognition and response protocols, proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting and Heads Up Tackling techniques, which aim to take the head out of the line of contact.

Player-safety coaches will be trained to implement, evaluate and monitor Heads Up Football player safety protocols within the organization. Player-safety coaches work with league commissioners, coaches, parents and players through the season to provide on-site clinics and mentoring.

“Heads Up Football promotes a safer, better game,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “We are proud to have Sycamore Youth Football League join us in leading America’s youth football community through Heads Up Football, helping to set the highest standards of player safety and coaching education in any youth sport.”