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|TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013 - “If
we look to history, our great country and freedom are under attack.
We’re at a tipping point and, quite possibly, our country as we know it
may be lost forever if we don’t change the course in which our country
is headed.” Chuck Norris
*********** Relax, Mom. Junior's coach has been certified by USA Football. You see, Mom, USA Football is supported by the NFL. Your son is going to be taught to tackle exactly the way the NFL teaches its own players to tackle. And you know how careful the NFL is about the way its players tackle! Heads-up and all that.
I've made it no secret on this site that I am VERY suspicious of USA
Football because I see it as a front for the NFL - where most of its
funding comes from - in an attempt to take control over all
football, at all levels.
Notice USA Football's campaign to warn parents (Moms) that they can allow their sons to play football and have peace of mind - IF (and ONLY if) their coaches have been certified. By USA Football.
Funny how this "Heads Up" business only picked up steam after the NFL
found itself facing enormous lawsuits from former players, and under
investigation by Senator Coburn of Oklahoma because, for a so-called
non-profit, it doesn't exactly act like one.
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GREAT FOR PRACTICE! The PASSBACK! Maybe
you've noticed, as I have, that not enough kids come to us with the
ability to throw and catch a football. Maybe it's because they don't
play catch the way they used to - maybe because even when they do play
baseball they're not taught to catch with two hands. Whatever, as
football coaches we've just had to live with it. Until now. Now,
though, we can do something about it. Better still, the kids themselves
can do something about it!!
Now, for the first time ever, there's the PASSBACK
- a training device that looks, feels, throws and catches just like a
real football - and a player can use it by himself. No more having to
find someone to throw to (or someone to throw to him).The PASSBACK
is not a toy. It's a real football, modified so that it bounces back to
the thrower! And it comes it two sizes - youth and regulation. Watch a young QB demonstrate or,,, Check out some receiver and DB drills I predict that the PASSBACK
will revolutionize coaching the skill positions. Long-time readers of
my site know that I don't endorse many things, but I was so sold on the PASSBACK that I didn't just endorse it - I worked out an agreement with the US licensee to become a PASSBACK dealer. I took as many as I could to my recent Providence, Philadelphia and Carolina clinics and sold all I had.
I'm selling them for
$19.95 + $3 shipping ($22.95) for the youth-size ball or $29.95 + $4
shipping ($33.95 total) for the regulation size. Trust me -
you're not just going to want one for each of your quarterbacks -
you're going to want enough for your receivers and backs as well. DB's,
too. The PASSBACK also makes a great gift! Why watch the little guy in your life kick a soccer ball when he can be throwing and catching a football! (Incidentally, I've found that the youth-size may work even better for receivers!)
A high school coach who bought a Passback for his young son writes, Coach
Wyatt, I recently purchased the Passback for my 9-year-old son who is
recovering from a leg injury. He loves it because it allows him to play
catch by himself, and he quickly discovered the better the throw, the
truer the return. I love it because it has him outside moving, throwing
and catching, all while he is having fun. I would recommend it for any
kid looking to develop hand-eye coordination! KC Smith Walpole,
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