In 2012 Finger Lakes Youth Football became a league Affiliated partner with USA Football, youth football's national governing body. While on the surface the season will look very much the way it has for the last 20 years huge changes are afoot. While coaches at all levels have had to be certified by NYSCA there was no set training standard for player safety, quality of drills, and quality of preparation. This year all FLYFCL football coaches at every level are required to become certified through USA Football by taking the only nationally accredited coaches training course. This 15 chapter course covers the fundamentals of football, safe tackling, equipment fitting, and concussion awareness, It is FLYFCL's hope that an increased emphasis on education, improved resources, and support will improve your child's experience in football and injuries will be minimized.
For years our coaches have been comitted to teaching our kids about the game they love. They have always done so with passion and comittment and without pay. Unfortunately, all too often they have also done it without the highest level of support. Now that that support is available through USA Football Coaching Certification, FLYFCL has taken advantage of it. When you see your player's coach, thank him or her for taking the extra time and comittment to make your player's experience and safety better than it has ever been before.