HFCA Safe Contact seminar
Hamilton Football Association Leading Minor FootballUpdated Monday March 24, 2014 by Hamilton Football Association.
On Sunday March 23 2014 the Hamilton Football Coaches Association (HFCA) hosted its first Football Canada Safe Contact seminar. The seminar was conducted by Chris Patton of the Ontario Football Alliance (OFA). Over 60 coaches from the HFA took part in this all-day training seminar. Coaches in every level from Tyke to Varsity were instructed in the newest techniques of tackling and blocking which are designed to help increase player safety as well as improve performance on the field.
Football Canada developed the Safe Contact program to be proactive in reducing the risk 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. The March 23rd 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 this full day course, the coaches who attended this seminar now also have the head-start to their NCCP (National Coaches Certification Program) as the Safe Contact module is a necessary requirement to becoming a nationally recognized certified coach.
The HFA executive is extremely proud of the efforts of the HFCA and its members to recognize the importance of safety in the game. We thank them for spending the day to work on their coaching skills which will benefit all the players in the HFA.