The NJ Youth Football Club takes a genuine interest in the wellbeing of every athlete and that's why we've implemented several health and safety guidelines to help ensure a positive experience for your entire family. A certified athletic trainer or an EMT will be with teams for all games, home and away, and together we follow many of the procedures established by the NFHS, NJSIAA, CDC, and USA Football.

NJYFC Policy and summary of the NJSIAA State Concussion Policy Law & NFHS sports rule book

Any player who sustains or is suspected of having sustained a concussion or other head injury while engaged in a sports competition or practice shall be immediately removed from the sports competition or practice. An athlete who is removed from competition or practice shall not participate in further sports activity until he or she is evaluated by a physician or other healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions, and receives written clearance from a physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions to return to competition or practice. Any player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional.

Remember that under NJ Law the only “appropriate health-care professional” who can authorize return-to-play under the rule is a physician trained in the evaluation and management of concussions. Get the NJSIAA Concussions Clearance Return to Play Form.

NJSIAA Player-on-Player Contact at Practices

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), the governing body of New Jersey high school athletics, acting on a proposal by Practice Like Pros and the New Jersey Football Coaches Association (NJFCA), today imposed the following limits on practice-field contact:

  • In-season full contact will be limited to 15 minutes per week
  • Pre-season full contact will be limited to 6 hours total, including scrimmage(s)
  • No full contact allowed during spring /summer
  • Visit the NJSIAA Football website for additional information.

USA Football National Practice Guidelines

USA Football's National Practice Guidelines are the first comprehensive guide for youth tackle football endorsed by leading medical organizations. They work hand-in-hand with Heads Up Football while making it easy for any youth football coach to implement health and safety recommendations. Download the youth guidelines here.

USA Football Levels of Contact

USA Football’s Levels of Contact define five intensity levels used to introduce players to practice drills that position them to master the fundamentals quicker and increase skill development. Introduce contact in a progressive manner before advancing to full-contact drills. Air / Bags / Control / Thud / Live Action

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USA Football Development Model

The Football Development Model (FDM) is a framework for 21st Century Football enabling coaches to teach the game in a fun and engaging way, we can more effectively meet players’ developmental needs based on their individual stages of growth and development. Learn more

  • Instill solid fundamentals
  • Develop better players
  • Provide multiple entry points and game options
  • Create developmentally appropriate skill instruction

Equipment fitting by features step-by-step eLearning and in-person seminars that teach parents, coaches and athletic personnel how to properly fit football equipment according to manufacturer guidelines. Learn more

Positive Coach Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in BETTER ATHLETES, BETTER PEOPLE. Learn more

* NJSIAA full contact limits supersede USA Football or any other published full contact limits.

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