The London Area Boys Football League (LABFL) based in London, Ohio, is committed to ensuring a positive youth football experience and advancing player safety this fall by providing league-wide coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches through USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.
USA Football is the official youth development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. LABFL plays in the Midwest Youth Football League with West Jefferson, Plain City, Fairbanks and Madison-Plains. LABFL offers Flag Football for 5-6 year olds, and Tackle Football for ages 7-12 years old.
All LABFL coaches will be trained in Heads Up Football techniques before leading their teams this season. Head coaches and assistant coaches will complete USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, which includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols; proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting; heat and hydration information from the Korey Stringer Institute; and Heads Up Tackling techniques, which aim to take the head out of the line of contact. The league will also be carrying the USA Football Player and League Insurance Program.
Through Heads Up Football, a Player Safety Coach will be trained by USA Football 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 throughout the season to provide on-site clinics and mentoring to ensure that coaching and player safety best practices are used.
“Heads Up Football® promotes a safer, better game,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenback said. “We are proud to have The London Area Boys 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.”
Local Director of the LABFL, Keith Smith, commented, “We have done our homework on USA Football and we are proud to announce this partnership. I attended their four day national conference this year in Indianapolis. They have all of the resources you need to offer youth football to your community and make it a positive experience.”