Happy Friday, Coaches. We’ve got three stories to check out this weekend.
1. Schutt Creates Splash Shield to Protect Football Players from Harmful Droplets (PR Newswire)
Helmet manufacturers are starting to adjust to the coronavirus outbreak by making helmets that help prevent the spread of the virus.
Schutt Sports is manufacturing a new Splash Shield that will offer some protection for football players from harmful droplets caused by talking, sneezing and coughing in close proximity. The Splash Shield will attach directly to the faceguard. Not only will the new Splash Shield fit all configurations of football helmets, but these guards are light weight, easy to attach and clean and inexpensive enough to be disposable.
Schutt will offer the Splash Shield for purchase by July, both through their dealer network and online.
“We need sports to return and this new product will help players in that regard,” said Kip Meyer, general manager for Schutt Sports. “We are excited to introduce a product that benefits the players, the industry and ultimately, the fans.”
What adjustments will you make to equipment in 2020 to help prevent the spread of the virus?
2. Dear college football coaches, here’s how you can really make change (ESPN)
The events of the last week have certainly given coaches an opportunity to reflect on how their leadership may lead to the state of race relations across our country.
Coaches and their predominantly white staff members would benefit from creating environments where players can voice their concerns without fear of retribution.
This is important because players at different universities are going to have different grievances or concerns — understanding broader black issues is important, but it’s also essential at a more local level. A player at a school like Ole Miss isn’t going to have the same experience as a player at UCLA or Maryland. The same issues black people have been facing will be there, but colleges are different for infinite reasons. With a better understanding of where players are coming from on both local and national levels, coaches and universities can better help advance change.
The column also makes the point that things like dress codes and restrictions on jewelry could cause divides in the locker room.
Dress codes or any kind of policing players’ attire is another issue coaches can mend. Regulating what black players can and cannot wear is similar to dress codes implemented in public places to keep black consumers out. Any number of things — like earrings, jewelry, sneakers or hats — are used to discriminate against black people. This is perhaps not as common today in the locker room, but it is still a form of discrimination that some coaches may not be aware of. If your guys are performing well on the field, does it matter if he has diamonds in his ears? Or a chain around his neck? No. The answer is no.
How have you addressed the protests across the country with your players?
3. Michigan high school football coaches unite for ‘peace walk’: ‘Enough is enough’ (Detroit Free Press)
Ford Field, which will host the high school football state championship games in November, is where many Detroit Public School League football coaches began their march Thursday to the Spirit of Detroit.
But Zach Carr, an assistant coach at Denby wanted to make something crystal clear.
“The main thing was this is not a protest because a protest has a negative tone to it now,” Carr insisted. “This is a peace walk, a peaceful march. Coaches from all communities coming together. This is a call to all coaches across the nation to stand up, be unified as one and protect our youth.”
This peace march was in response to the senseless death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man killed last week while a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
The coaches who gathered for the walk knew full well that situations like that could happen to their players.
“We’ve had situations where our players have been identified as threats on college campuses,” said River Rouge coach Corey Parker. “The only advice I could give them was that it’s a very painful situation that we’ve all experienced. So you have to continue to be the best version of you and not let this affect how you identify other ethnicities.”
What can you do in your community to show your support for the ideal of liberty and justice for all?