USA Football

Heads Up Football – Developed by USA Football

Heads Up Football is a comprehensive approach developed by USA Football to increase player safety in football launched a pilot program in 2012.

Optimist Youth Football has been a USA Football certified league since 2013 season and the Heads Up Football curriculum was added to our annual OYF coaching clinic material. Before any volunteer coach can set foot on the field they have already undergone and passed a background screening and taken the HUF certification/re-certification course.

For more information about USA Football or Heads Up Football you can visit their website.

The key aspects the Heads Up Football (HUF) program encompasses are:

• Player Safety Coach (PSC)
• Annual Coaching Certification
• Concussion Awareness & Response
• Heat Preparedness & Hydration
• Sudden Cardiac Arrest
• Proper Equipment Fitting
• Heads Up Tackling
• Heads Up Blocking