In an effort to promote player safety at an early age, USA Football is planning to teach youth coaches at a master trainer workshop March 2-3 in Indianapolis.
USA Football will instruct 21 Master Trainers, including some of the top high school football coaches in the nation as well as former NFL and college players. This group will then teach the Heads Up Football program to youth league leaders across the country.
One of the Master Trainers will be Broomfield, Colo. Legacy High School head Coach Wayne Voorhees, who will attend the clinic in Indianapolis.
Voorhees has been a high school football coach for 20 years, including 10 as a head coach at Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colo., where he is 50-27 with nine playoff appearances. A social studies and business teacher, he was the Denver Broncos’ 2011 nominee for the NFL Don Shula Coach of the Year Award. Voorhees has directed the Broncos’ NFL High School player Development program for the past eight years and has been part of the Broncos’ NFL 7-on-7 National Tournament staff for five years.
“Youth football leagues in our region have a tremendous opportunity in 2013 to adopt USA Football’s Heads Up Football program,” Broncos Head Coach John Fox said. “USA Football has earned my trust – they put the safety of our youth first and offer the training that coaches need to be exceptional teachers. Wayne Voorhees is part of Heads Up Football because, like the Broncos, he is committed to raising youth football’s standards.”
Heads Up Football is a comprehensive approach to a better and safer game, encompassing USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, Heads Up Tackling techniques, educating leagues on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols and instructing on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting. USA Football’s Master Trainers bring a wealth of experience and success – including a combined 26 high school state championships – to the position.
After completing the USA Football workshop, Master Trainers will instruct youth leagues in their regions on Heads Up Football, educating youth league-appointed Player Safety Coaches who will oversee their leagues’ implementation of the highest national coaching standards for youth football. These standards include league-wide completion of the Level 1 Coach Certification Course as well as conducting a Heads Up Football Coaches Clinic and a Heads Up Safety Clinic for parents and players within their leagues. Player Safety Coaches also will monitor their leagues’ practices and games throughout the season.
“Heads Up Football promotes a safer, better game,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “We are proud to have this group assist us in leading America’s youth football community as Heads Up Football Master Trainers, helping to set the highest standards of player safety and coaching education in any youth sport.”