Local youth football league achieves USA Football recognition

Committed to providing a better and safer youth football experience for athletes, parents and coaches, the Trinity Youth Football League attained official league recognition from USA Football through its League Excellence Program for 2022.

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body and is an official member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

As a recognized league within USA Football’s League Excellence Program, Seymour-based TYFL adheres to some of the highest standards across all youth sports to deliver a fun, competitive and player-first environment, according to a news release from Drew Storey, vice president of the TYFL board.

Attaining the designation begins with having all coaches certified through USA Football’s nationally accredited youth coach certification before taking the field this season, he said.

The age-based coach certification includes:

-Health and safety courses with content from leading U.S. health organizations and educators

-Coaching 101 course promoting whole-child development through a transformational coaching approach

-Football development model age-appropriate modules customized for ages 5+, 8+, 10+ and 12+

-Contact courses in shoulder tackling, defeating blocks and blocking techniques, all designed to reduce helmet contact

-Anti-abuse course created by NBC SportsEngine’s National Center for Safety Initiatives

This season, TYFL has 16 teams coached by 16 head coaches and seven assistant coaches for all 144 registered players. Again this season, the league is including any boy or girl athlete no matter their school, including public and private schools, from all over the south central Indiana region.

These players are not just in the Seymour school area. Players, parents and supporters are traveling into Trinity Lutheran High School’s facilities each week of TYFL’s eight-week season from 12 different ZIP codes.

“We are thrilled to have achieved some of the sport’s highest standards for league excellence, and we are certainly not done raising the bar,” TYFL Board President Brad Boas said.

“Last season, our inaugural season, our board of directors was honored to receive the USA Football accreditation, but we knew that our league had not reached its full potential in its first year,” he said. “We will continue to raise the standards for football and aim to exceed players’ and parents’ expectations for a Christ-centered youth sporting experience. Faith first, then family and finally, football.”

The fun, fitness and social development kids gain through football combines the best of sport and health, USA Football Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said.

“The moms, dads and volunteers who power the Trinity Youth Football League deserve recognition for the standards they uphold and everything they make possible for their kids,” he said. “This is youth sports — football in particular — at its best.”

For information about TYFL, visit trinityyouthfootball.com.

For information about USA Football’s League Excellence Program, visit fdm.usafootball.com/leagues/league-excellence-program.