Safety First


 AYF Safety Awareness

     At American Youth Football we understand that safety is the first priority when it comes to your child's participation. From background checks and concussion awareness, to education and insurance, we take pride in our safety first risk management, which provides the most professional and safe environment for your child to play.

 

Concussion Awareness

     There is no band aid solution to the concussion issue which exists at every level of play. To insure the well being of young athletes, AYF continues to insist on proper instruction by competent coaches and most important, in a culture of good sportsmanship

     AYF has partnered with Axon sports, experts in neuro-cognitive functioning and training, to create baseline testing for AYF athletes. Together we have made it easy to assess cognitive functioning with tools that aid in the evaluation of sports related concussions. Go to playAYF.com to learn more about Axon Sports and AYF.

    *For the 2013 season, coaches are required to complete the online CDC Heads up Online Concussion Training. A copy of the certificate of completion and successful scoring on the CDC Concussion test must be kept in the team book. If a coach completes an additional seminar or course on concussions, a certificate of completion and successful scoring on the test must be kept in the team book. 

 

Background Checks

     Failure to act in a safe and responsible manner with children entrusted to your care can mean severe disciplinary action taken against you.

     For that, AYF has partnered with LexisNexis to make sure no coach or instructor goes unchecked and that we are able to provide the best and safest working environment for our members.

      Since 2002 LexisNexis has screened more than 3.7 million potential employees or volunteers, identifying over 189,000 individuals with criminal convictions - including more than 2700 registered sex offenders.

      To learn more about LexisNexis go to lexisnexis.com. To get access to LexisNexis/AYF, you must first be a member of AYF and then obtain information through MYAYF.com.

 

Child Abuse

     American Youth Football has a zero tolerance rule for any form of abuse. Child abuse has become a growing concern within recent years and can take many forms including verbal abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Any form of child abuse/molestation reported will be dealt with swiftly and severely by the AYF National Office.

Learn more about the AYF child abuse risk management program.

 

American Sport Education Program

     AYF has partnered with The American Sport Education Program (ASEP), the leading provider of youth, high school and elite level education programs. Together, AYF and ASEP have worked with the philosophy that athletes come first and winning second.

     All AYF football and cheer coaches are strongly advised to complete an online course designed by AYF and ASEP. The course, for only $24.95, includes a $2 million extra liability coverage, which is twice the amount offered by our competition. Those coaches who take the course will obtain a certification of completion and get listed in the National Coaches Registry.

     To learn more about AYF/AYC coach training programs go to AYFcoaching.com or asep.com.

 

Coaching The Right Way

     Joe Galat, AYF President, co-authored a book called "Coaching Youth Football," a great introduction to teaching young athletes the valuable skills they need to play football. From communicating as a coach and providing for players’ safety to teaching offensive and defensive skills and tactics, the book provides all of the information you need to help 8 - 14-year-olds learn and enjoy the game of football.

     To view and buy a copy of this book and other coaching books and information go to AYFcoaching.com.

 

Insurance

     AYF and Sadler Insurance work together to create the safest environment for our athletes. With incredible rates, and great customer service, Sadler Insurance will provide AYF members with the greatest and most competitive coverage.

     Learn more about the benefits of AYF coverage through Sadler Insurance.

To get insured with Sadler Insurance call 1-800-622-7370 or go to sadlersports.com.