As the football season nears, the NFL is not the only league preparing for 2013. Youth football leagues from across the state of Ohio gathered Saturday at the Browns Training Facility for the annual USA Football State Leadership Forum. Leaders from 40 youth leagues were on hand to gain insight on a number of topics, including strengthening player safety and best practices through USA Football’s newly created Heads Up Football program.
“It is always good to get leadership from these youth football leagues together and discuss various aspects about the game,” said Browns manager of youth football Matt Yunker. “Football is great game and has a tremendous amount to offer. We want to make sure everyone involved with the game is properly educated about all of the developments taking place within the sport and this leadership forum is a great way to start that messaging.”
USA Football hosts 35 State Leadership Forums across the United States, providing youth football league commissioners and presidents the opportunity to network with peers, USA Football representatives and NFL teams.
USA Football offers coaching and game official education, innovative digital football resources for players and coaches, $1 million in annual equipment grants, subsidized background checks for leagues’ adult volunteers and more.
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts dozens of football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.