March 2015

Hydration strategies for spring competition


As warm weather approaches, football players and coaches are starting to pull out the helmets, shoulder pads, blocking shields and lesson plans for spring workouts. One key to a good football practice is proper hydration. Throughout training – including before, during and after – players and coaches both must focus on maintaining adequate hydration levels. [...]

Youth practice guidelines: Ensure all coaches understand the definition of ‘full contact’


The way football teams practice is changing. At the NFL, college and high school levels, long gone are the days of lengthy scrimmaging and heavy contact drills. Most youth programs have followed suit. Through its National Practice Guidelines for Youth Tackle Football, USA Football is further redefining what constitutes a proper youth football practice by [...]

National Conference: Tony Dungy on fun, fundamentals and family


Tony Dungy has the rare distinction of earning a Super Bowl ring as a player and as a coach. But when Dungy thinks back on his experience with the sport, it’s his youth football coach, Richard Holmes, who had the biggest role in his life. The lessons Dungy learned from Holmes lasted a lifetime, helping [...]