Broncos football incorporates USA Football ‘Heads Up’ safety program

Broncos football incorporates USA Football ‘Heads Up’ safety program

Broncos will emphasize basic safety fundamentals of tackling and blocking.

The Broncos intramural football program for young players 4 and 5 years old enters the 2015 season with USA Football Heads Up safety program in place.

Coaches Frank Gowin and Fred Arrington completed the USA Football Player Safety coach-training course at Columbus High School taught by head coach Chris Merritt.

“Coach Arrington and I were impressed when certifying with the USA Football course,” said Coach Gowin, who has been associated with the Broncos since 1990. “The detail instruction on proper head and body placement is groundbreaking and a safety breakthrough for the game.”

The 2015 Broncos season will emphasize basic safety fundamentals of tackling and blocking. All practices will have special work devoted to ensuring that players know how to do such things as getting into a proper three-point stance and keeping the head in the proper position to lessen the risk of injury.

Gowin notes that football has changed dramatically in the way it is taught and practiced today.

“In the old days, the helmet was used as a weapon especially when tackling,” said Gowin. “Those days are gone.”

Practice devoted to full-scale action is now limited in minutes per practice and number of days per week. Most practices are devoted to teaching proper technique using tackling dummies.

The Broncos will host a “My Mommie Tackles Better Than Your Mommie” demonstration at Coral Reef Park on Aug. 8 to showcase the proper techniques being taught to youngsters. The women will even be allowed to participate in the demonstrations.

The Broncos Intramural program schedule is slated for three days a week — Monday, Wednesday and Friday — beginning Aug. 3 at Coral Reef Park. Registration is on Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. and Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

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