2 Aug, 2017
It might seem crazy, but most current and former NFL players will tell you that their favorite time playing the game didn’t come at the highest level. You may think the popular answer would be at the college or high school level when it was all about playing for school pride. But that isn’t the case either.
Would be the answer! Most people will tell you that they had more fun strapping it up on Saturday mornings for their Pop Warner and youth football teams in grade school and you can count me as one of those people. I’m a firm believer that youth football not only enhances a child’s development as a leader on the field, but in the classroom and in the community as well.
My Long Beach Patriots football program is a proud member of the highly-competitive Snoop Youth Football League. In addition to producing talented football players year in and year out, the SYFL is home to some of the greater Los Angeles area’s most qualified coaches. That’s because the league is doing the most to prioritize player safety at all times.
I’m proud to be a part of a league that mandates that its coaches participate in clinics that address player safety concerns.Back in June, we had Matthew Hatchette, Bob Connelly, Keary Colbert, Curtis Conway, Chris Claiborne, and USC defensive backs coach Ron Bradford come out to the Sheraton Hotel to discuss safer conditioning, tackling and practice methods with over 40 coaches. We can prevent unnecessary brain and neck injuries at the game’s lowest level by requiring our coaches to teach proper technique and be aware of the signs of a concussion.
All of this has me excited to start another Long Beach Patriots football season this month of August. I love my team!
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