USA Football is the U.S. representative to the International Federation of American Football. As the national governing body of the sport, USA Football selects and manages U.S. National Teams for international competition within the sport, including men’s, women’s and high school – Under-19, Under-18, Under-17, Under-16 and Under-15 – tackle teams along with men’s and women’s flag football.
As part of the U.S. National Team selection process, USA Football holds Regional Development Camps and National Development Weeks across the United States to identify potential players for the high school divisions. At these camps, players ages 13 to 18 learn from some of the nation’s best coaches while being evaluated by college scouts.
USA Football trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the U.S., advancing coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. Coaches from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., annually complete and pass USA Football’s Level 1 coaching certification course or high school certification course, which is the only football coaching course certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education.
USA Football’s Heads Up Football® program, which is supported by more than three dozen medical and football organizations, continues to raise the bar on player health and safety and addresses the needs of the youth and high school football community. Heads Up Football is a comprehensive collection of resources and medically approved protocols that teach concussion awareness and recognition, sudden cardiac arrest and heat emergency preparedness, proper tackling and blocking fundamentals, and equipment fitting. More than 5,500 youth leagues and 750 high schools participated in the program, benefitting nearly 1 million young athletes.
USA Football has developed and released National Practice Guidelines for youth tackle football that define levels of contact and set a 30-minute time limit on full contact within a practice session. USA Football’s youth practice guidelines are the first to earn the endorsement of national and international medical organizations, including the ACSM, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
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