BOXFORD, MA — September 20, 2016 — As part of a national effort to keep youth football fun and safe for everyone, USA Football, The Bill Belichick Foundation and Safety Tag www.thesafetytag.com
More than 180 MASCO players in grades 3-8 received hands-on instruction at the event from USA Football Master Trainers on Heads Up Blocking and Tackling techniques that stress using the correct posture and movements to prevent injury. Parents attended a concurrent session on understanding and preventing concussions, dealing with heat and hydration and proper equipment fitting. In addition, every coach, player and cheerleader received a complimentary Safety Tag account courtesy of Safety Tag and the Bill Belichick Foundation.
Using the Safety Tag mobile platform, parents can easily upload their child’s health information, emergency contacts and emergency action plans and health conditions such as asthma or allergies for coaches to quickly access vital information via their smart phone in seconds.
Brian Hubbard, President Masconomet Youth Football said, “Having Safety Tag technology in place will allow us to understand, track, and get a handle on the injuries our players incur as well as all of the paperwork and requirements we have as coaches. We are a volunteer organization and anything we can do to put our players’ safety first and make it easier on our coaches and parents to communicate with one another will result in better football and safer football. That’s what we are all about.”
More than 100 youth sports teams and 30,000 players in sports ranging from football, lacrosse and basketball have Safety Tag in place as part of their commitment to keeping sports fun and safe.
“Safety on the field is critical in the world of youth sports, where there often isn’t a team doctor or group of trainers like there is in the NFL. Timely access to information can make a big difference,” Coach Belichick said. “The focus fits right in line with the mission of our foundation, and enables us to impact the game of football where it is played. We’re proud to help roll out Safety Tag’s innovative technology to sports programs that will benefit from it.”
“We’re thrilled to have the Bill Belichick Foundation as our initial benefactor of the Safety Tag Scholarship Program for New England area youth football,” Safety Tag CEO Michael Buono said. “We applaud Coach Belichick’s leadership and support of volunteer youth coaches to provide a better, safer game for their players. He shares in our mission to prioritize safety in youth sports and ensure our volunteer coaches have all the necessary tools to keep our children safe.”
Coach Belichick serves on the advisory board of Safety Tag and his Bill Belichick Foundation has taken a lead role in helping distribute Safety Tags to New England youth football and lacrosse programs. New England youth football programs interested in being considered for the Safety Tag pilot program should reach out to Michael Buono firstname.lastname@example.org.