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San Antonio Sharks Youth Football Club employs USA Football League Affiliation Membership

by Steve Alic, Director of Communications Thu, 04/28/2011 - 12:36pm

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USA Football LogoThe San Antonio Sharks Youth Football Club is committed to ensure a positive youth football experience in 2011 by providing new league-wide benefits for its players, parents and coaches through USA Football's League Affiliation membership.


USA Football is the sport's national governing body in the United States and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.


The San Antonio Sharks Youth Football Club - a member of the North American Junior Independent Football Federation (NAJIFF) - is comprised of 120 players and cheerleaders and 12 coaches who reside in San Antonio. Each of the league's players and coaches will become USA Football members with access to member resources and benefits. The NAJIFF, made up of 28 clubs, and approximately 112 teams, 3500 players, and 450 coaches, has endorsed USA Football's Coaching Education Program.


All San Antonio Sharks Youth Football coaches will be prepared to lead their teams this season by completing an appropriate flag or tackle education course at usafootball.com, encompassing how to best teach football fundamentals, communicating with players and player health and safety, including concussion education and management.


Every Sharks player, parent and coach will receive USA Football development resources, including access to an online film room to help teach football fundamentals, a computer-animated library of football drills organized by position to prepare players for their next practice, a practice planner for coaches to efficiently structure their practice sessions and more.


Parents, players and coaches also have access to usafootball.com myCOACH'S and myPLAYER'S pages - a secure social network that connects coaches to players and parents beyond the practice field with USA Football development resources, including an NFL Films video library with film clips and narration demonstrating NFL players' football techniques.


"League affiliation is important due to the services it provides," San Antonio Sharks Commissioner German Rodriguez said. "Most coaches at the youth level are volunteers, so USA Football's education provides a standard that we can follow and trust."


"Through League Affiliation, we plan to give players and parents a resource that can facilitate a player's development and understanding of the game."


USA Football's League Affiliation also provides cost-saving features, including subsidies for adult volunteer background checks, league websites and online player registration systems as well as affordable league insurance policies. The San Antonio Sharks Youth Football Club also benefits through a direct relationship with USA Football, the NFL and its teams.


"The San Antonio Sharks Youth Football Club is dedicated to its players, families and coaches," USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. "Through German's leadership, USA Football's member resources will deliver a fun and exciting season while offering a deeper knowledge of the sport and its inherent team-first values."


USA Football members - youth football players, coaches, commissioners and game officials - reside in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.


About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players.The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football's chairman.

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