All of Northern Guilford Youth football coaches are USA Football Heads Up Certified in partnership with the NFL
CONCUSSION STATEMENT & PROTOCOL:
NGYF believes the safety of our young athletes is paramount to our organization and supersedes any goals of competition on the field. We utilize the standards established in the USA Football Concussion Recognition & Response protocol along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Heads Up to Youth Sports initiative to educate our coaches, parents and young athletes.
We require our coaches and volunteers to embrace the same philosophy and ensure our coaches are USA Football-certified.
The safety of our athletes begin with the use of proper, age appropriate equipment and NGYF has selected Riddell as our partner in assessing our current equipment needs and providing the most current, industry leading helmets and shoulder pads.
In 2015 NGYF made an extraordinary commitment with the purchase of new helmets and shoulder pads for all of our participants although our current equipment was still within the maximum lifespan. It is our continued commitment to regularly recondition, assess and replace our equipment well in advance of the National Athletic Equipment Re-conditioners Association (NAERA) 10 year limitation for reconditioning.
Often overlooked in the selection of a proper helmet is the “fitting process” to ensure each athlete is utilizing a helmet that provides optimal protection and performance. Our partnership with Riddell enables our participating organizations access to a designated representative to assist our coaches with the proper identification and customization of protective gear.
The third tier in our safety program is the required use of USA Football’s Heads Up Football® protocol. Heads Up Football® is a comprehensive program developed by USA Football to advance player safety in the game of football. Our League has embraced this teaching/coaching methodology and will require that ALL of our organizations ensure they are implementing Heads Up Football® techniques and coaches are certified.
Especially at the start of the football season (August), players, cheerleaders and even coaches are susceptible to heat illness. The amount of fluid an athlete needs depends on the weather conditions, clothing and equipment worn and the intensity and duration of the activity. Coaches supply team water during games and practice sessions, nevertheless, it is the responsibility of the players and parents to not only bring water bottles to practice and games, but also to educate themselves on this topic.
Especially during the late summer months, thunder storms and their associated lighting pose threats to NGYF participants and their families. If thunder is heard and lighting is sighted during a practice session or game, play is suspended until a call can be made to either continue play because the danger has passed, or to cancel play due to the inclement weather.