Saguaro head football coach participates in national youth-safety training

Saguaro High School head football coach Jason Mohns is taking a leading role within USA Football’s Heads Up Football® program, promoting a better and safer game on youth and high school levels nationwide.

The Sabercats, coached by Jason Mohns, captured the Arizona Div. III 2014 state championship.

The Sabercats, coached by Jason Mohns, captured the Arizona Div. III 2014 state championship.

USA Football will instruct Mr. Mohns and 26 other football experts spanning 15 states – including high school coaches and former NFL and college players – as USA Football Master Trainers during a workshop March 21-22 in Indianapolis.

Mr. Mohns has been the head football coach at Saguaro High School in Arizona since 2012, previously serving as the assistant coach for the program. In his last eight seasons with the Sabercats, Mr. Mohns helped lead the football team to six state titles.

In 14 years as a coach on the youth and high school levels, he was selected as the 2013 AZFCA DIII Coach of the Year and the 2014 AIA Division III Coach of the Year. Mr. Mohns also is a physical education teacher and the dean of students at Saguaro High School.

USA Football’s Heads Up Football program is a comprehensive approach to better and safer play, encompassing USA Football’s nationally accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course; in-person training of Heads Up Tackling techniques; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response; heat and hydration protocols; instruction on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting. USA Football just added Heads Up Blocking techniques and sudden cardiac arrest protocols to the program for 2015.

More than 5,500 youth leagues and 750 high schools participated in the program in 2014, benefitting nearly 1 million players.

After completing the USA Football workshop, the individuals will join 70 other Master Trainers to instruct youth leagues in their regions on Heads Up Football principles and teach youth league- and high school-appointed Player Safety Coaches, who will oversee their programs’ implementation of medically endorsed football coaching standards.

The standards also include league-wide completion of USA Football’s Level 1 Coach Certification Course, conducting a Heads Up Football Coaches Clinic and a Heads Up Safety Clinic for parents and players.

Player Safety Coaches monitor their leagues’ practices and games throughout the season to help ensure that Heads Up Football is practiced appropriately.

“The health and safety of every youth and high school football player is our No. 1 priority,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said.

“We are proud to have this group assist us in leading America’s youth and high school football community as USA Football Master Trainers. With direction and endorsements from experts in medicine and sport, we are committed to set important standards rooted in education for the benefit of our young athletes.”

Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players.

The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics.

Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter @USAFootball.

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