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USA Football Introduces "Tip of the Spear" Contact System

Source: USA Football

INDIANAPOLIS – USA Football, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the sport’s national governing body, will offer new and innovative skill development and techniques to high school and youth football programs in 2018 to advance play across the sport.

USA Football’s Tip of the Spear Contact System teaches principles and techniques of blocking and block defeating in the leading participatory sport of football for high school boys. Emphasizing proper use of the hands and arms, the system evokes a visual image for greater technique, helping to reduce helmet contact. The leverage-based, all-position-relevant contact system addresses athlete posture and body movement efficiency for greater skill development.

The system was created by SCOTT PETERS, a former NFL offensive lineman, two-time submission grappling world champion and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert. Portions of these disciplines are found in his techniques and instruction. Peters has taught the system to more than 50 college and professional teams in addition to youth and high school programs and will serve as its chief instructor for USA Football. 

“Blocking and defeating blocks are foundational skills in our sport,” Peters said. “Techniques needed to win those one-on-one competitions should not involve contact with the head and they can be learned by any athlete who loves to play football and wants to learn.”

In 2018, USA Football will offer three clinic levels for high school and youth programs, led by Peters, in a progression from basic principles to position- and scheme-specific contact techniques. Clinics will encompass classroom and on-field instruction.

“Education and better techniques are fueled by forward-thinking,” said USA Football CEO SCOTT HALLENBECK. “With our Tip of Spear Contact System and through Scott’s leadership, coaches can deliver smarter skill development to advance their players’ abilities, reduce contact and excel on the field.”

More information on the USA Football Tip of the Spear Contact System, including how to request clinic information, can be found here.

About USA Football:  USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.

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