NFL RUSH

Raiders Host USA Football Coaches Clinic

The Oakland Raiders hosted a USA football coaches clinic this past Saturday, where football coaches in the Oakland area were educated on new football drills along with player safety.

Flag Football Sign Ups!

Poll: What's the best thing about playing flag football?

If you're like us you're really missing football about now.

Well, guess what? You don't have to miss it anymore, because you can play it!

That's right, boys and girls flag football leagues are forming everywhere.


Go to NFL FLAG Football for more information and the sign up for a team.

NFL FLAG Football Across the USA!

Recently the NFL, USA Football, Fuel Up to Play 60, GENYOUth Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association teamed up in Seattle with the launch of the NFL FLAG program.

Bringing NFL FLAG Football Kits to more than 500,000 students nationwide, the program gives kids the chance to get active every day.

Chris, a lucky Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador participated in the event and mingled with Seattle Seahawks players, cheerleaders and the teams' mascot Blitz!

"This trip was a very fun and thrilling experience that I was fortunate enough to have." said Chris. You can read all about his day with the Seahawks and the NFL on The Huddle, Fuel Up to Play 60's student blog.

High School Player Makes Spectacular Interception

A high school player named, Wade Makes, makes an amazing one-handed interception.

Brown Emphasizes Safety

NFL Network's Brian Baldinger caught up with New York Giants safety Stevie Brown to discuss the importance of player and youth safety and goals for the team this season.


Panthers Host Heads Up Football Moms Clinic

The Carolina Panthers hosted their first Heads Up Football Moms Clinic in partnership with USA Football recently. Nearly 100 local moms attended the clinic at Bank of America Stadium.   Panthers head coach Ron Rivera welcomed the moms, who spent an interactive evening learning about the importance of the Heads Up Football initiative.   Carolina Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion led an information session on how to properly manage heat and hydration for

The Carolina Panthers hosted their first Heads Up Football Moms Clinic in partnership with USA Football recently. Nearly 100 local moms attended the clinic at Bank of America Stadium.

 

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera welcomed the moms, who spent an interactive evening learning about the importance of the Heads Up Football initiative.

 

Carolina Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion led an information session on how to properly manage heat and hydration for youth players.  USA Football master trainer EZ Smith demonstrated proper fitting for helmet and shoulder pads. 

 

“We hope all of these moms can now go back to their community and advocate to make sure their coaches are Heads Up Football certified,” said Smith.

 

Go to the USA Football page to learn more safe ways to play! 

 

2013-2014 NFL PPK National Champions!

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Champions!  What an awesome achievement for you all!  Be sure to tune into the Chargers vs. Broncos game tomorrow at 4:40pm ET on CBS to see a special tribute to this year’s NFL PPK National Champions!   This year’s champions are:   6-7 Girls: Kloie   6-7 Boys: Marco   8-9 Girls: Samantha    8-9 Boys: Luke    10-11 Girls: Eryn   10-11 Boys: Ja

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Champions!  What an awesome achievement for you all!  Be sure to tune into the Chargers vs. Broncos game tomorrow at 4:40pm ET on CBS to see a special tribute to this year’s NFL PPK National Champions!

 

This year’s champions are:

 

6-7 Girls: Kloie

 

6-7 Boys: Marco

 

8-9 Girls: Samantha 

 

8-9 Boys: Luke 

 

10-11 Girls: Eryn

 

10-11 Boys: Jason

 

12-13 Girls: Sophia

 

12-13 Boys: Alex

 

14-15 Girls: Alisa

 

14-15 Boys: Nathan 

 

 

Click here to all of the 2013-14 NFL PPK National Finalists!

Heads Up Football

Heads Up Football is a new approach USA Football and the NFL are embarking on to improve the coaching techniques to make the game safer.

Register to be Part of the NFL PLAY 60 Kickoff Youth Football Festival in Baltimore

Help celebrate the start of the NFL season in Baltimore and be part of the NFL PLAY 60 Kickoff Youth Football Festival at Patterson Park!  We’re looking for boys and girls ages 6-13 who live in the Baltimore area and want to learn how fun it can be to PLAY 60! You don’t have to be a football player or know anything about the game to enjoy this event. Registered kids will have the chance to be taken through a special PLAY 60 clinic to learn different football skills and drills le

Help celebrate the start of the NFL season in Baltimore and be part of the NFL PLAY 60 Kickoff Youth Football Festival at Patterson Park! 


We’re looking for boys and girls ages 6-13 who live in the Baltimore area and want to learn how fun it can be to PLAY 60! You don’t have to be a football player or know anything about the game to enjoy this event. Registered kids will have the chance to be taken through a special PLAY 60 clinic to learn different football skills and drills led by USA Football and Under Armour coaches. Some former NFL stars will also be in attendance.

 

Click here to register your kids today!

NFL Foundation-USA Football Youth Summit

 A select group of youth and high school football coaches have been selected to participate in the NFL Foundation-USA Football Youth Summit being held in Canton, Ohio this week.   “By bringing together youth and high school football leaders for an intensive educational summit we can help them gain a greater understanding of how to make the game better for children who love to play football.” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, chairman of the NFL Foundation.    In

 A select group of youth and high school football coaches have been selected to participate in the NFL Foundation-USA Football Youth Summit being held in Canton, Ohio this week.

 

“By bringing together youth and high school football leaders for an intensive educational summit we can help them gain a greater understanding of how to make the game better for children who love to play football.” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, chairman of the NFL Foundation. 

 

In addition to the coaches, 92 other supporters of youth and high school football, including youth football commissioners and athletic directors from across the country, will attend the Summit, which is funded by the NFL Foundation.  The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game.

NFL Punt Pass & Kick

USA Football and the NFL are excited to start the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program’s 52nd season.  PP&K is about the kids, the parents who support them to come out and play and the volunteers who give their time to organize these memorable events. Together, let’s make 2013 the best PP&K season ever! Find out more at the official NFL Punt, Pass & Kick website.

USA Football and the NFL are excited to start the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program’s 52nd season.  PP&K is about the kids, the parents who support them to come out and play and the volunteers who give their time to organize these memorable events. Together, let’s make 2013 the best PP&K season ever!


Find out more at the official NFL Punt, Pass & Kick website.

NFL teams up with USA Football for new initiative

The 51st NFL NFL Punt, Pass & Kick National Champions

Here are the winners of the 51st NFL PPK National Championship! Congratulations to all of the finalists! For more information on NFL PPK and other NFL PLAY 60 programs, click here
 

Hayden - Kansas City Chiefs 6-7


Punt: 47’ 8”

Pass: 45’ 1”

Kick: 56’ 6”

Total: 149’ 3”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons.  He is not only a former Kansas City Chief's player but also one of the best tight ends to ever play in the NFL.  He is a good example of how maintaining a high level of physical fitness can prolong a football player's career.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I was following in the footsteps of my two older sisters.   Once I saw that I could participate at the age of 6, I jumped on the chance to compete.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

I participate in basketball, competitive soccer and competitive softball as well as PPK.  I get a lot of exercise each week with all my practices.  I also enjoy being outdoors at home on our property playing on our zip line, tree swings and in our tree house.

 

 

Matiwos - New England Patriots 6-7


Punt: 62’ 4”

Pass: 69’ 6”

Kick: 85’ 3”

Total: 217’ 1”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

Tom Brady

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I was adopted from Ethiopia and he arrived in America about a year ago.  My four sibling have all participated in PPK in the past and I wanted to participate with them this year.  It has been a wonderful experience for all of us!

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

Playing in the yard with any kind of ball with my brother, three sisters and friends.  

 

Jayla - San Diego Chargers 8-9


Punt: 56’ 5”

Pass: 82’ 5”

Kick: 75’ 7”

Total: 159’ 5”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite player is #7 Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I play tackle football for a pop Warner league here in Hawaii. I got a flyer back in the 2009-2010 season and was interested in trying it out. Thats how I got  involved in PPK.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

I play numerous sports such as football, baseball, basketball, track and swimming. My family is very active in sports so I am at the park or at the gym at least 5 days out of the week. Exercising while doing various sports keeps me on my toes and that is how I Play 60.

 

Tyler - Arizona Cardinals 8-9

 

Punt: 90’ 9”

Pass: 86’ 8”

Kick: 87’ 6”

Total: 264’ 11”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite NFL player is Robert Griffin III.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I got involved with the PPK during football season.  A flyer was sent out through YAFL (Young American Football League) and my mom and dad asked if I wanted to try it.  My dad also did this when he was my age, so I thought it would be fun.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

My favorite way to PLAY 60 is by playing sports with my brother, sister and friends.  I also play on a football and a hockey team, and I am on a club swim team, so I am at some type of practice almost everyday. When I am not at practice I am hitting pucks or running around.

 

Madison - Philadelphia Eagles 10-11

 

Punt: 75’ 0”

Pass: 97’ 1”

Kick: 83’ 11”

Total: 256’ 0”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

Joe Flacco. He grew up near me and I go to school and play sports with some of his cousins. And he can really throw the football!

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

My elementary school gym teacher Mr. Bill Hoover organizes competitions at our schools every year. The past three years I have gone on to win the Eagles Team Competition for my age group. This was the first year I made it to the National Competition

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

I practice the sports I play in, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Flag Football and I love to ride my bike.

Will - Atlanta Falcons 10-11

 

Punt: 116’ 4”

Pass: 90’ 9”

Kick: 132’ 8”

Total: 339’ 9”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite NFL players are Tim Tebow and Matt Bryant.  They are both great football players and great role models.  Besides that that, Matt Brynat hit a 62 yard FG in a game one time. 

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

My 3rd grade football Coach told me about it and encouraged me to give it a try.  Now, it’s a fun way to practice at my game while having fun competing. 

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

I like to play football with my team and friends whether it be at practice, in a game or just a pick-up game with my friends from school.  Of course, I like to kick and punt also.

Kristina - Indianapolis Colts 12-13

 

Punt: 102’ 6”

Pass: 98’ 7”

Kick: 127’ 0”

Total: 328’ 1”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite NFL player from the Indianapolis Colts would be Reggie Wayne.  My all-time favorite would be Aaron Rodgers.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

My dad did Punt, Pass & Kick when he was little so when my younger brother was old enough to compete my parents took us to our local competition.  They gave me the choice to either sit in the stands and watch or go out and do it, too.  I didn't even have the proper shoes on to compete  so, I wore my mother's sneakers and began my journey with Punt, Pass & Kick.  My soccer and softball skills have helped me along the way.  

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

Soccer and softball are my favorite ways to PLAY 60.  I love to do anything that involves running, exercising and competing.  I enjoy playing basketball and football with my brothers and have a workout routine that I do of push-ups and sit-ups before bed.

Jack - Green Bay Packers 12-13

 

Punt: 132’ 9”

Pass: 134’ 2”

Kick: 118’ 10”

Total: 385’ 9”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite player is Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I got involved in PPK when I was 8 and a neighbor suggested that I go to the local competition and try it.  I have been hooked ever since

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

My favorite way to PLAY 60 is to get outside and play sports.  I love football, basketball, and baseball

Kayla - Philadelphia Eagles 14-15

 

Punt: 125’ 11”

Pass: 114’ 4”

Kick: 111’ 3”

Total: 351’ 6”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

Adrian Peterson

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

From my Dad.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

Playing basketball.

Jay - Minnesota Vikings 14 - 15

 

Punt: 136’ 0”

Pass: 154’ 11”

Kick: 126’ 8”

Totals: 417’ 7”

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PLAYER?

My favorite NFL player is Shonn Greene of the Jets. I like him because he is a former Iowa player and he is a beast.

 

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN PPK?

I got involved in PPK several years ago. I had competed in a parks department competition and after that I looked into the NFL program so that I could compete at a high level. 

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PLAY 60?

My favorite way to PLAY 60 is to do almost any sport! I enjoy football, basketball, baseball and golf. I stay active all year around playing on school and travel teams.

Blind Player Is Inspiration to Teammates, Coaches

Gage Dannecker, 11, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, had been asking his mom for about three years to play youth football after listening time and again how much fun his friends were having playing the sport. This year, after all the begging and pleading, his mom, Melissa Hein, finally said yes.    “My favorite position on the football team is nose tackle,” Gage said. “When you’re in that position on defense, you’re able to chase and tackle the guy with the bal

Gage Dannecker, 11, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, had been asking his mom for about three years to play youth football after listening time and again how much fun his friends were having playing the sport. This year, after all the begging and pleading, his mom, Melissa Hein, finally said yes.

  

“My favorite position on the football team is nose tackle,” Gage said. “When you’re in that position on defense, you’re able to chase and tackle the guy with the ball.”

 

He enjoys shedding blocks and making plays. But unlike other youth football players across the nation, Gage is presented with another challenge on every snap.

 

He is blind.

 

Michael Rhodes, coach of the Bulldogs, was a little hesitant because he wasn’t sure about Gage’s limitations on the field. Not only did Gage change coach Rhodes’ perspective, but by showing dedication and effort in practice every day, he changed his teammates’ as well.

 

“The other kids were a little apprehensive,’” Rhodes said. “But as he was blocking them off, shedding their blocks and getting to where he needed to be, they learned along the way that he was here to stay and wasn’t just some stunt to throw a kid in a uniform and see if he would be able to stand on the sideline.

 

“The biggest key is Gage wanted to learn how to play football, and the kids realized that if this guy can do it, then there is no reason they can’t use the same effort and try to achieve the same goals as Gage.”

 

 

For the full story, please visit USA Football for the article: http://usafootball.com/news/featured-articles/blind-player-inspiration-teammates-coaches

Youth Football Support for Breast Cancer Awareness

 Follow your favorite NFL players and wear pink to your game to help fight breast cancer!  The first step is to talk to your coach about getting involved!    There are a number of things your team can do to participate in A Crucial Catch. The NFL and the American Cancer Society have created new ways for you to join the effort by visiting cancer.org/coachestoolkit.  We encourage you to talk to your teammates, parents, coaches and fans, and join the NFL in suppor

Follow your favorite NFL players and wear pink to your game to help fight breast cancer!  The first step is to talk to your coach about getting involved! 

 

There are a number of things your team can do to participate in A Crucial Catch. The NFL and the American Cancer Society have created new ways for you to join the effort by visiting cancer.org/coachestoolkit


We encourage you to talk to your teammates, parents, coaches and fans, and join the NFL in supporting A Crucial Catch this month!

 
 
 

Check Out the Newest USA Football Magazine

You can read the newest issue of the USA Football magazine online! This issue includes tips from Packers QB Aaaron Rodgers, an awesome story on Vikings WR Percy Harvin, and a whole lot more! Read it online now!
You can read the newest issue of the USA Football magazine online! This issue includes tips from Packers QB Aaaron Rodgers, an awesome story on Vikings WR Percy Harvin, and a whole lot more!

Read it online now!

Celebrate National Youth Football Kickoff Day this Saturday September 10th!

To celebrate the start of football season, USA Football will hold a symoblic youth football National Kickoff this Saturday across all 50 states.   As part of this National Kickoff event, USA Football has distributed commemorative footballs to over 2,100 different local fields.  Local youth football teams will use these balls to kickoff their Saturday games.  More than 620,000 players across 205 leagues will take part in the celebration.   Players, parents, and fans at

To celebrate the start of football season, USA Football will hold a symoblic youth football National Kickoff this Saturday across all 50 states.

 

As part of this National Kickoff event, USA Football has distributed commemorative footballs to over 2,100 different local fields.  Local youth football teams will use these balls to kickoff their Saturday games.  More than 620,000 players across 205 leagues will take part in the celebration.

 

Players, parents, and fans attending these events are encouraged to post any photos from these events to the USA Football Facebook page, where all the photos will be combined to showcase how many people across the country celebrated getting back to football.

 

Check it out at www.usafootball.com/kickoff.

USA Football Kids Magazine is Online!

If you're like us, you just can't get enough football. You want to take in everything related to the pigskin and the gridiron, especially during the offseason. Well, get ready for some good news - USA Football now has an online version of their USA Football Kids Magazine! Check it out for cool tips, fun games, and great articles about players like Ryan Matthews and Dwight Freeney. Take a look now!

If you're like us, you just can't get enough football. You want to take in everything related to the pigskin and the gridiron, especially during the offseason.

Well, get ready for some good news - USA Football now has an online version of their USA Football Kids Magazine!

Check it out for cool tips, fun games, and great articles about players like Ryan Matthews and Dwight Freeney. Take a look now!

USA Football U15 National Team

As football’s national governing body, USA Football fields national teams at multiple levels, including the youth level. If you play football and will be between 13 and 15 years old as of September 1 of this year, you are eligible to be a part of our U15 National Team. Our U15 National Team participates each July in the Under-15 International Development Week, which is a week-long football development event with national teams from other countries. 

If you want to play for Team USA, you can apply here:
www.usafootball.com/forms/teamusa/us_under_fifteen_player_application

You can also attend a Player Academy to be evaluated by USA Football's selection committee. For more information about the Under-15 National Team, visit http://www2.usafootball.com/academy/teamusa_u15.

USA Football: Defensive Back - Coverage Stance

When getting into a proper stance, cornerbacks should start by standing upright; feet spread shoulder-width apart. You should lean forward at the waist while stepping with your outside foot, bringing it forward and in, until it is lined up directly under your chin. In the beginning it is advisable to turn the front foot so that the outer edge of the foot is facing the line of scrimmage.

 

Next, bend your knees slightly, feeling most of your body weight on the front foot. Let your arms hang down in a relaxed manner with your head up, tilted slightly to the inside, looking at the ball. At this angle you can easily have the tight end and quarterback in your field of vision.

USA Football: Defensive Back - Coverage Stance 2

To get into a good defensive back stance you should lean forward, have a slight bend at the waist and knees, bring his outside foot forward, a heel-toe relationship, until it lines up directly under the chin and his body weight should be on his front foot.

 

You must start in a stance in which you are aligned either outside or inside of the wideout. Your depth must be determined by the type of coverage you are required to play.

 

From this position you can then easily get into your back pedal. However, before pushing off his front foot, the DB should take his initial read to allow him to read run or pass.

USA Football: Offensive Linebacker - Stance

The ability of an outside linebacker to defeat various blocks and make a lot of tackles begins with a proper stance. The outside linebacker is responsible to be a contain player and try to force plays back to the inside where he has teammates. 


The proper stance begins with a break-down position as you are standing upright and feet even and shoulder-width apart.  Take a half-step back with the outside foot keeping your feet shoulder width apart and keeping your weight evenly distributed on the balls of both feet.

 

Next, bend at your knees and lean forward at your waist. Your shoulders should be just in front of your feet and hips.  Keep your back straight and head up as you get into your stance.

 

The elbows need to stay inside with the hands extending upwards with palms up and in front of the chest with the fingers spread. 

USA Football: Inside Linebacker - Stance

It is important that an inside linebacker be in a comfortable stance which allows him to move forward, back, right, and left with ease and quickness.  The stance needs to be balanced and one which gives the inside linebacker a good view of the offensive blockers in front of him and a look into the offensive backfield.

 

The starting point when getting into your inside linebacker stance is the breakdown position.  From this starting point, bring both arms up, elbows close to the side of your body.  The elbows should be bent so the palms of both hands are up facing forward, palms showing, and fingers spread. 

 

Similar to the breakdown position you must bend at their ankles, knees, hips and be on the balls of both feet. It is also important to play with a big chest, shoulders square and head and eyes up.  You should be looking over and through the offensive linemen into the offensive backfield.

 

Inside backers must expect blockers from straight ahead and from either side. You should be shuffling until you are ready to attack any ball carrier, or decide to drop back away from the line for pass coverage on any pass play.

USA Football: Offensive Back - Two-point Stance

Offensive backs may be asked to line up in a variety of stances prior to the snap of the ball.  Your stance should put you in the best position possible to accomplish your assignment in the offensive scheme.

 

The two-point stance is a stance that can be used by a tail back in most backfield formations. It is especially useful passing situations when you need to be more upright for pass protection purposes.

 

Start by assuming the breakdown position.  Be sure to bend at your ankles, knees and hips. Your back should be straight and shoulders square.

 

On a pass play, you will be in good position from the two-point stance to see the defensive alignment and locate the defensive player you are assigned to block prior to the snap of the ball.

USA Football: Offensive Back - Three-point Stance

Begin by starting from a basic breakdown position. From this position move to a four-point stance. To move to the four-point stance, reach straight ahead with both hands and place them on the ground even with the front of their shoulder pads.

 

In this position you should be on the balls of your feet, back should be level, and shoulders should be square.  As in everything you do in football, your head must be up. To easily move to a three-point stance, lift one hand off the ground and rest the forearm on the inside of your thigh. Placing the forearm on the thigh will keep you from having your shoulder tilt.

 

When using a three-point stance from the split back formation it is often important to place your hand straight down from their shoulder pads, placing only the tips of your fingers on the ground.  Now you will be in a more balanced stance with less weight on the hand so that you can move forward, right or left with the same speed the instant the ball is snapped.