The Hamilton Football Coaches Association (HFCA) held its first Football Canada Safe Contact seminar on Sunday (March 23).
The seminar was conducted by Chris Patton of the Ontario Football Alliance with more than 60 coaches from the Hamilton Football Association participating in the day-long training seminar. Coaches from tyke to varsity levels were instructed in the newest tackling and blocking techniques which are designed to help increase player safety and improve performance on the field.
Football Canada developed the Safe Contact program to be proactive in reducing the chance of injury by having coaches recognize the risks involved in a contact activity and the factors that may increase them. Coaches are instructed how to deal with the fear of contact as well as current recommended blocking and tackling techniques through basic drill progressions. Football Canada’s drills are designed to be appropriate for athletes at all stages of skill development.
The HFA, recognizing the importance of the safety of the players in its association, approached Football Canada to be the pilot organization in Safe Contact. Sunday’s seminar was the second part of this process (the first part was having three instructors trained by Football Canada to be educators in Safe Contact).
By completing the full day course, coaches now also have the head-start to their National Coaches Certification Program as the Safe Contact module is a necessary requirement to becoming a nationally recognized certified coach.