Last Updated: April 19, 2017
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Heads Up Football
The Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference has joined once again with USA Football to institute the Heads Up Football program throughout the league. This means that all coaches must complete an online coaches training course through USA Football. The principles of this training program focus on the areas of player safety, equipment fitting, concussion awareness and teaching the Heads Up Tackling technique. Ridley Raider Youth Football also had to send several coaches for further training, so that they can be named player safety coaches through USA Football. These player safety coaches will be responsible for ensuring that all coaches are teaching proper techniques to ensure player safety. Throughout the season, you may hear coaches using some new terms or teaching something differently than in the past. This is all a result of the enhanced focus on player safety and our commitment to providing your child with a safe playing environment. If you have any questions regarding the Heads Up Football program, please feel free to ask anu of the coaches or to visit the USA Football website at http://usafootball.com/. You can also receive updates about these programs by liking USA football on Facebook or following them on Twitter.
Heads Up Football Certification
Heads up Football has become a major push for Bert Bell. It is directly tied to all the insurance and certifications. Bert Bell has instituted a mandatory coaches certification. All coaches will need to be certified in order to take the field.
Bert Bell league reps will be monitoring this and responsible for verifying every coach has obtained their certification. The league reps have been instructed to go to the fields during the first week of practice and verify all certifications.
Currently the league has provided us a promo code (bbridley16) to use for the certifications. The cost is $10.00 and this only applies to the tackle football coaches. The course takes approx.. 2 hrs. and can be completed all at once or in pieces, the program will hold your furthest point of completion.
The major reason for this certification is if we have the coaches certified we will receive a 25% discount off our insurance."