CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon attends HFA practise

Updated Saturday August 30, 2014 by Hamilton Football Association.

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon attends HFA practices to observe Safe Contact in action

Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon  attended practices of the Hamilton Football Association on Aug. 14 to observe Hamilton rep AAA tykes  to bantams (ages 7-14)  practising using Safe Contact principles.

The appearance is intended to show support for the HFA’s efforts to promote safety in practices and games. The HFA is Canada’s first football organization to institute a comprehensive Safe Contact program.

Video crews associated with the CFL and TSN along with Football Canada’s Safe Contact program will be on hand filming Hamilton boys and girls at practice following Safe Contact principles.

The CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats are official supporters of the HFA as members of Football Hamilton, the oversight organization that operates as the HFA.

The Safe Contact model is trademarked and helps coaches to minimize the inherent risks of playing a contact sport like football by:

• Coaching and drilling safe tackling and blocking techniques

• Using proper drill progression (age/skill level appropriate)

• Controlling the amount of contact in practices

• Controlling the speed and intensity level of contact in practices.

“The Hamilton Football Association has showed tremendous leadership in ensuring that boys and girls are able to play minor football in the safest circumstances possible,” said Cohon, the CFL’s 12th commissioner. “We applaud the HFA’s efforts to implement comprehensive Safe Contact practises.” 

 The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has given the HFA a two-year, $118,600 grant to expand its Player Safety Initiative for 2014-15. One component of the initiative will involve purchasing state-of-the-art helmets to ensure maximum protection for players. Many of the HFA coaches have received certification for proper equipment-fitting techniques. All head coaches in the HFA program have taken official Safe Contact training.