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ROPWFA gets equipment reconditioned to meet legislature requirements

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www.movingpictures.photoreflect.com: Red Oak Pee Wee Football Association President Rodney Bridgers(l) and Board Member Marcus Housewright get this player setup with the newly reconditioned and recertified equipment by Riddell®. www.movingpictures.photoreflect.com: Red Oak Pee Wee Football Association President Rodney Bridgers(l) and Board Member Marcus Housewright get this player setup with the newly reconditioned and recertified equipment by Riddell®.

RED OAK - The Red Oak Pee Wee Football Association is in the process of upgrading the Red Oak Junior High  field. 

During July, they are leveling the field out and will be repairing the irrigation system. 

Once that’s completed, they will seed the field and hope to have it ready for the beginning of the season which starts Saturday, Aug. 20. 

The league also went above the standard and sent all helmets and shoulder pads to Riddell® to be tested, certified and reconditioned to meet the requirements of recent legislature that requires all school programs to do the same. 

All helmets and shoulder pads have decals identifying them as being certified and reconditioned. 

Helmets are newly painted and both helmets and shoulder pads have been sanitized. 

Equipment pick-up day was Saturday, July 9 at the ROJH field where players were fitted with pads, helmets and pants.

Also new this year is the Pee Wee Football committed to ensure a positive youth football experience in 2011 by providing new league-wide benefits for its players, parents and coaches through USA Football’s League Affiliation membership. 

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. This year Red Oak Pee Wee Football is comprised of approximately 200 players, 90 cheerleaders and 70 coaches who reside in Ellis County, Texas. Each of the league’s players and coaches will become USA Football members. 

All coaches will be prepared to lead their teams this season by completing a 15-chapter coaching education course on usafootball.com, encompassing how to best teach football fundamentals, communicating with players and player health and safety, including concussion education and management. 

Every Red Oak Pee Wee Football player, parent and coach will receive USA Football development resources, including access to an online film room to help teach football fundamentals, a computer-animated library of football drills organized by position to prepare players for their next practice, a practice planner for coaches to efficiently structure their practice sessions and more.

“We elected to become a USA Football affiliate because of the unique programs offered, such as the coaching certification, that will help our coaches be better prepared to teach our kids the right way to play safe football,” said Red Oak Pee Wee Football President Rodney Bridgers.

“The better educated our coaches are, the more likely they will teach solid fundamentals of the game while keeping the kids as safe as they can.” “Red Oak Pee Wee Football is dedicated to its players, families and coaches,” said USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck. 

“Through Rodney’s leadership, USA Football’s member resources will deliver a fun and exciting season while offering a deeper knowledge of the sport and its inherent team-first values.”


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