FNF Coaches Talk — Schutt Sports creates mask, scheduling officials

FNF Coaches Talk

Good evening, Coaches. Here are a couple of stories to check out.

1. Schutt Sports Launches New Python Face Mask for Germ Protection (PR Newswire)

Football is back after a pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, but with the virus still a serious threat, teams are altering the way they practice and play to help keep everyone safe. Schutt Sports has taken the lead on this with two new products.

We reported on the Schutt Sports Splash Shield a couple of weeks ago. The Schutt Sports Python Face Mask is a five-layer facemask featuring a replaceable filtration system that can be purchased with a variety of filter level options, with up to 95% filtration. This provides a unique balance between enhanced breathability and filtration, specifically designed for athletic or workout use.

Also available for purchase in July, the Python Face Mask’s unique design combines a five-layer enhanced filtration and inhalation/exhalation system with a silicone stabilization system on the inner layer. The silicone provides a tight seal over the face without the abrasion one gets from a traditional mask. This enhances the security of the mask during activities.

The combination of the over-the-ear construction combined with an adjustable Velcro backstrap design allows for a customized, secure fit and all-day comfort. The patented multi-layer construction wicks moisture from the mouth and evaporates to the outer layer, while the adjustable nose bridge provides a custom fit and seal around the nose. The filter of the mask is replaceable, and the mask is reusable. The mask can be washed and dried, and the material has an inherent memory retention due to its wrap knit fabrication versus the polyester or woven materials of the competition.


What feedback are you getting from your players as they work out in masks?

2. High school officials also waiting for the call to return to the playing fields (Ventura County Star)

We’ve done a lot of reporting on the officiating shortage in the past year, and this pandemic only figures to exacerbate that issue.

Referees, coaches, players, school administrators — even the CIF-Southern Section office — are all in the dark in awaiting when high school football can get underway in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

July 20 becomes a key date for a possible answer. That’s the day the CIF-State has said it needs to make a decision if high school’s fall season can proceed as scheduled. Or if Plan B (and Plan C?) needs to be instituted.

A vital component in staging a high school season — in any sport — is the status of the referees’ community. Games don’t get played without the officials, and the guys in striped shirts will be asked to expose themselves to all the potential risks prevalent in a health pandemic.
They’ll be mixed in amid the players. They’ll be standing near the sidelines close to coaches, administrators, trainers, chain crew, etc. They’ll be handling footballs touched by a myriad of sweaty hands.


How will you manage scheduling officials in lieu of the uncertainty for the season?

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