CJFL Teaching Kids Football Safety


As 3rd and 4th graders, playing in the NFL is far off if at all possible.

"We are teaching them the fundamentals now, so when they get to the upper levels they aren't starting from scratch. They're learning the blocking and tackling and how to do it correctly now as 8 and 9 year olds, rather than 11 and 12," CJFL Player Safety Coach, Jeremy Taylor said.

According to NY Times, USA Football says from 2010 to 2015, nearly a million 6 to 14 years old kids have quit playing football, but the Casper Junior Football League is growing.

"We had asked if he wanted to play flag football and he wasn't interested at all. It's kind of nice to find the league where they are actually letting them play tackle at such a young age and teaching them how to do it right," Enrique Alcaraz

With help from CDC Heads Up program back by the NFL, kids are instructed the right way to hit.

"It's cool because I like tackling," Grayden Bailey said.

"We hit dummies, we practice hitting, we practice running the ball," Jerred Smith said.


These kids not only know how to through the ball, but they know how to tackle too.

"Hopefully by the time these kids get to the high schools here, they will be in that Heads Up thing too. It completely takes the head out of the hit. When you eliminate that, you lower the risk of a head injury and spinal injury...It's really important to us and we really preach it. Everyday we do a tackle circuit and part of that circuit is Heads Up. They do it everyday, sometimes twice a week," Taylor said.

Sports Illustrated pointed out in 2015, 11 football players died, some directly related to on-field incidents, so learning just how to use their bodies could be life saving.

"The discipline has taught him to pay attention a little more than he was before that he needs to listen to his coach to understand what to do and what not to do to keep himself and everyone else save."

"You should tackle them around the here or legs, not right here because if you do that you'll get a flag," Bailey said.

"Don't head to head contact and tackle down low and not up high."

Casper Youth is learning safety, all in order to prevent head related injuries.