Concerned About Safety? So Are We!
CPCJF takes safety very seriously. We have taken several steps to improve safety in our program.
First, we believe in the protective power of prayer and pray frequently for our Lord’s protection to cover our franchise with safety and influence. In addition to our daily prayers with players there is a group of parents who meet at practice once a week and pray over our players and program.
Second, we use 100% Xenith helmets; these are the best of the best and use the latest technology to protect players. They are expensive but we are committed to no shortcuts when it comes to protecting our boys. The improvements in helmet technology in the last 3-4 years have been immense.
Third, since the 2013 season we equipped equipping every helmet with a Guardian Cap during practices. We are the first football organization of any kind in our state to equip all helmets with these. We are going the extra mile to keep these kids safe and have had huge success in player safety improvements. This was a big financial investment and commitment by the coaches and board, but we are determined to use every tool to protect our boys! These devices attach to helmets and reduce impact by 33%. Visit the Guardian Caps site for details. In addition to protecting heads, these devices create a safer environment for knees, elbows, fingers and hands.
Fourth, Youth football is not the same sport that dad’s played back in the day. It has evolved into a sport focused on safety and the new tackling methods have revolutionized the way the sport is taught and played. We teach USAFootball Heads up tackling techniques and strictly adhere to their tackling progression program that has proven to protect our boys. All coaches must complete USAFootball certification in this technique and make sure all boys are competent in the process before being allowed to have any contact. The entire league has adopted this standard insuring safer play during all games.
Fifth, contact during practice has been reduced (this has been the trend at all levels of play). Any drill involving contact is always tightly supervised by a certified coach. Tackling is taught and drilled during practice from players standing close to each other.
Sixth, coaches are trained in safety. We were the first franchise in our league with a dedicated franchise level Safety Czar who enforces and monitors all safety and safe practice guidelines. The Safety Czar commits to a special training program with the league. Our safety Czar isn’t just someone who took a first-aid course, we have surgeon Adam Fettig, DMD who has committed to holding all coaches to a very high safety standard! Each team also has a safety coach that has received special training and all coaches complete 2-3 hours of concussion awareness training.
Seventh, we specifically chose this league due to its narrow age and weight restrictions.
Eighth, As part of a special research study with the UW there will be certified athletic trainers at almost every NJFL game from Children’s Hospital. Most high school games can’t even boast of that!
Ninth, In 2016: CPCJF has invested in the ShadowMan tackling system to teach safe tackling. Big investment but huge safety enhancement! Details at www.ShadowManSports.com
FYI, a study of injuries in Youth Football conducted by the Mayo Clinic concluded that youth football injuries are at a par with other youth activities. Study Details