GREENVILLE – “Lets face it, this is a violent sport and we need to treat it as such,” said third grade Greenville Youth Football League (GYFL) coach Matt Preece at a July 25 Heads Up Football clinic in Greenville.
Preece, who is also a players safety coach and trainer for the GYFL organization, invited parents and players to Harmon Field in Greenville to walk them through proper safety techniques according to the USA Football’s national initiative, which all Western Ohio Junior Football Conference (WOJFC) teams are members of.
The Heads Up Football program teaches the five things to know and look for as parents and players before and during the season of football. Getting to know your coaches was the first topic Preece talked about. He also discussed how parents can make sure their child is prepared for the heat and the importance of water. Proper fitting of equipment and the method of tackling and hitting to lessen the chance of injury on the field were some of the other thing discussed at the meeting. Finally, Preece talked about the warning signs of a concussion both on the field and later at home.
At the conclusion of the Heads Up Football clinic, Preece took the parents and players out on the field and went over the 3-methods of a proper tackle, breakdown, hit and rip. Each league who is a member of USA Football’s Heads Up Football is encouraged to go over these safety techniques prior to the start of the season.