The Hamilton-Wentworth Minor Football Association will team with Football Canada and the Ontario Football Alliance to pilot a winter fundamentals session that will include Football Canada’s Safe Contact programming. The HWMFA’s annual winter skills camp for players 7 to 14 years old will run from Saturday, Jan. 11 to March 8.
The goal of this pilot program is to teach under-14 athletes the fundamentals of football by incorporating safe tackling and blocking techniques using Football Canada’s Safe Contact module. This pilot will be used in conjunction with others from across the country to create a standardized program.
In conjunction with this initiative, the HWMFA will be taking the steps necessary to become Football Canada’s first Safe Contact Association.
To become a Safe Contact Association through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and Football Canada, an organization must meet the following criteria:
- Have a trained Learning Facilitator for Football Canada’s NCCP Competition Introduction: Position Coach.
- Have a trained Learning Facilitator for Football Canada’s Safe Contact Program. Have a trained Evaluator for Football Canada’s NCCP.
- Have all coaches trained in Football Canada’s Safe Contact program.
- Coaches actively teaching Safe Contact year-round.
In addition, it is recommended that all coaches complete concussion education training: Making Headway in Football.
The association will supplement the pilot program with a coaching clinic which will have Canadian Football League and Ontario University Athletics speakers. It will incorporate multiple safety workshops and in-house training for all volunteers in the association. The tentative date for the clinic is Feb 1.