How Coaches Can Ensure Parents That Safety Matters To Them
This resource stems from a question submitted to the Ask PCA blog. Responses come from our experts including PCA Trainers, who lead live group workshops for coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes.
"What is the best way to encourage young kids to take part in contact sports, and how do you assure parents safety is the most important thing to you as a coach?"
PCA Response by Joe Terrasi, Lead Trainer
With our modern medical knowledge and the intense focus on the dangers of head trauma at all levels of football, parents are understandably concerned. Their concern and caution can easily translate to reluctance and concern in young athletes considering the sport.
Two of your best allies in promoting safe football are the NFL FLAG football program and USA Football. NFL FLAG football has made a strong commitment to teaching love of the sport and development of fundamentals in a limited-contact setting. PCA National Partner USA Football has done an extraordinary job providing professional development and certification in safe, technically-sound teaching through their Heads Up Football program.
It is crucial that you pay attention not only to your own safety education but that you also provide learning opportunities to players and parents. Seeing your commitment to safety and education will be a great comfort to parents looking at football as an option for their children.
Positive Coaching Alliance principles are also a great way to demonstrate your commitment to safety and to build a healthy program culture. Honoring the game by respecting its ROOTS (the Rules, your Opponents, Officials, your Teammates, and your Self) has a strong payback.
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