Good evening, Coach. We’ve got some pandemic-themed stories for you.
1. Ex-rival Philly coaches team up to help players fill football void and keep them safe from street violence (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Hats off to these two rival coaches for going above and beyond — and working together — during a pandemic.
Frankford High (Pa.) coach Bill Sytsma and Imhotep coach Nick Lincoln have joined forced to try to keep their players safe from street violence.
Last week, the unlikely duo – with help from the Ertz Family Foundation and others – became teammates in a program partnered with Open Door Abuse Awareness Prevention, a violence prevention program for youth. Lincoln had worked with ODAAP in the past and is now its chief program officer.
The newest program, Beyond the Field, is designed to provide high school football players with weekly football-related workouts and leadership training within CDC-recommended guidelines, all to help replace the routines of a typical football season that many believe literally keeps players “off the street” and safe from violence.
What are you doing to support your players off the field during this pandemic?
2. Why some Oklahoma high schools have made masks – not the ones attached to a helmet – an integral part of uniforms (The Oklahoman)
Dozens of high school football programs around Oklahoma have purchased masks for every player. It fits around the inside of the helmet, never comes off and helps provide protection at all times, whether a player is participating in a drill, making a tackle or huddling on the sideline.
Masks have become commonplace during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s why Del City and others have made wearing one inside the helmet an integral part of their uniform. Doing so will help keep players and coaches safe while helping prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus.
It could keep players from getting sick and give the team a better chance of playing a full season.
“We jumped at the opportunity to buy these and provide them for our kids,” Del City coach Mike Dunn said. “If it helps keep them safe, we’re all for it.”
The National Federation of State High School Associations released guidelines for high-contact sports, recommending masks be worn. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association hasn’t made masks a requirement but has offered guidelines that encourage the use of masks.
A representative from GAMEDAY SAFE said the masks are fairly simple to make. The white masks cost $14 while sublimated ones run a bit more.
How often are your players wearing masks during team functions?