Heads Up Football

Heads Up Football High School – endorsed by the
Pennsylvania High School Football Coaches Association

As the sport’s most comprehensive high school player safety program in the nation, we endorse USA Football’s Heads Up Football High School program. Student-athlete safety is our No. 1 priority and Heads Up Football High School empowers coaches to make a difference and help make the game better and safer for our student-athletes.

5 Reasons Why You Should Start Today …

  1. All certification courses are created from leading football experts and medical professionals
  2. USA Football’s certifications are standardized and supported by the NFL, NCAA, NFHS and AFCA 
  3. Certification shows parents your dedication to student-athlete safety
  4. Coaches with valid USA Football certification are eligible for coaching insurance benefits
  5. Take the next step in furthering your coaching development

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The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) has endorsed USA Football’s Heads Up Football High School® program for the betterment of it member coaches and their student-athletes. Including the PSFCA, a total of 26 state high school athletic associations and coaches associations support the USA Football program.

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the United States.

In preparation for the 2016 football season, the PSFCA recommends each of its 4,000 members to enroll for  USA Football’s nationally endorsed Heads Up Football High School training and coursework.

Created and administered by USA Football, Heads Up Football High School establishes important standards rooted in the best available science and is supported by the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, among others.

More than 1,100 high school football programs nationwide enrolled in Heads Up Football High School in 2015.

“The health and safety of Pennsylvania’s student-athletes is our top priority,” said Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Executive Director GARRY CATHELL. “Implementing USA Football’s Heads Up Football program will provide our coaches with the education and resources to best teach the sport, ultimately making the game better and safer for our student-athletes.”

Heads Up Football High School is a comprehensive approach to teach and play the No. 1 participatory sport of high school boys. The program teaches blocking and shoulder-emphasized tackling techniques designed to reduce helmet contact and improve skill development as well as all-sport-relevant topics including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response; sudden cardiac arrest protocols; hydration and heat preparedness; and instruction on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.

Coaches enrolled in the USA Football program complete hands-on, in-person training as well as the Heads Up Football High School certification course developed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and USA Football. USA Football is an education partner of the NFHS.

Education Components of Heads Up Football High School:

·         Concussion Recognition and Response

·         Heat Preparedness and Hydration

·         Sudden Cardiac Arrest

·         Proper Equipment Fitting

·         Heads Up Tackling

·         Heads Up Blocking

“This is an important commitment by the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association for its members and student-athletes,” USA Football CEO SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Coaches are teachers. This empowers them to establish an exciting new standard across the state, raising the bar for fun and positive football experiences with lasting fitness, academic and social benefits.”

State high school associations and coaches associations that support USA Football’s Heads Up Football High School program for the good of their student-athletes:


Alabama High School Athletic Association

Minnesota Football Coaches Association

Alaska School Activities Association

Mississippi High School Activities Association

Arizona Interscholastic Association

Nebraska Coaches Association

Arkansas Football Coaches Association

North Carolina Football Coaches Association

California Interscholastic Federation

Oregon Coaches Association

Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association

Oregon School Activities Association

Hawaii High School Athletic Association

Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Assoc.

Idaho High School Activities Association

South Carolina Football Coaches Association

Indiana Football Coaches Association

Vermont Principals Association

Indiana High School Athletic Association

Virginia High School League

Louisiana High School Athletic Association

Louisiana High School Coaches Association

Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Assoc.

Northern Virginia Football Coaches Association

Michigan High School Football Coaches Assoc.

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association


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PSFCA Announces Hot 100 Class of 2017

April 16, 2016 — The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) in conjunction with the Big 33 Classic, has released its annual listing of top high school football prospects for the class of 2017. This list of 105 student athletes who are rising seniors from across the state, compiled for the sixth straight year, represents a cooperative effort on the part of representatives from PSFCA — district directors, coaches and other functions of the association. It is the only list of its kind to be compiled exclusively by high school coaches.

“This year’s list reflects balance in every position, reinforcing that Pennsylvania consistently turns out quality student athletes who are solid college prospects,” said PSFCA member and Philadelphia area coach Mark Schmidt. “We look forward to seeing them excel both on and off the field in the coming year.”

First Name Last Name School Position Height Weight
Levi Becker Erie McDowell High School QB 6’3″ 200
Lance Blass Crestwood High School QB/Athlete 6’1″ 205
Nasir Boykin Imhotep Institute Charter High School QB 6’1″ 192
Grant Brenaman Cedar Cliff High School QB 6’1″ 195
Bryan Downey Lancaster Catholic High School Athlete 5’11” 180
Kevin Doyle Malvern Prep QB 6’3″ 210
Luke Emgee Fleetwood High School QB/DB 6’1″ 188
Rob King Father Judge High School QB/Athlete 6’1″ 180
Kyle McCloskey Germantown Academy QB 6’4″ 210
Brycen Mussina Montoursville High School QB 6’3″ 190
Grayson Sallade Manheim Township High School QB/DB 5’10” 175
Collin Smith Ligonier Valley High School QB 6’1″ 196
Reece Udinsky North Penn High School QB 6’4″ 180
Jacob Watts Scranton High School QB/Athlete 6’2″ 235
Darius Wise Beaver Area High School Athlete 5’10” 175
Joe Young Bethlehem Freedom High School QB/DB 6’3″ 200
Journey Brown Meadville High School RB/DB 5’11” 185
Charles Carr Hickory High School RB 5’9″ 195
Evan Chadbourn Bishop Guilfoyle High School RB/DB 5’11” 180
Solomon Gross Warren Area High School RB/LB 6’2″ 235
Sean Judge Wyoming Valley West High School RB/DB 5’8″ 165
Amir Lewis Imhotep Institute Charter High School RB 5’9″ 180
Syaire Madden LaSalle College High School RB 5’10” 205
Dwayne Murray Steel Valley High School RB 5’10” 185
Trael Seegares Susquehanna Township High School RB/LB 5’11’ 198
D’Andre Swift St. Joseph Prep RB 5’10” 205
Devon Allen Szymczak Erie McDowell High School RB/DB 6’0″ 189
Ross Stebbins Williamsport Area High School RB/LB 5’10” 225
Bill Williams Camp Hill High School RB/DB 5’6″ 175
Dajone Averett West Catholic Prep High School DB 6’3″ 200
Amadou Barry West Catholic Prep High School WR/DB 5’10” 170
Aamir Brown Imhotep Institute Charter High School WR 5’9″ 179
Kevin Brown Plum High School DB 5’11” 180
Mike Crawford Imhotep Institute Charter High School DB 6’0″ 188
Devin Evans Susquehanna Township High School DB 5’10” 195
Paris Ford Steel Valley High School WR 6’2″ 185
Noah Hamlin Clairton High School WR 6’0″ 170
Foday Jalloh Wilson Westlawn High School WR/LB 6’2″ 200
Jeremy Jennings Downingtown East High School DB 5’11” 170
Ricky Johns North Penn High School WR/DB 6’3″ 180
Kalen Keathley Athens High School WR/DB 6’0″ 185
Kade Kubicki Manheim Township High School WR 6’2″ 185
Ryan Lezzer Clearfield High School WR/DB 6’1″ 180
Trysten McDonald Cedar Cliff High School WR/DB 6’2″ 202
Bryan Neal Susquehanna Township High School WR/DB 5’10” 188
Kenny Robinson University Prep High School DB 6’2″ 205
Darian Street Bethlehem Liberty High School WR/DB 6’3″ 180
Jalen Szymczak Erie McDowell High School WR/DB 6’2″ 177
Dan Trimbur South Fayette High School WR 6’3″ 195
Alex Wade Manheim Township High School WR/DB 5’11” 185
Lamont Wade Clairton High School DB 5’10” 185
Mark Webb Archbishop Wood High School WR 6’3″ 200
Joel Whitteker North Penn/Mansfield High School WR/DB 6’0″ 175
Noah Woods State College High School WR 6’0″ 165
Bryon Williams Erie Strong Vincent High School WR/DB 6’2″ 190
Jack Young Mt. Lebanon High School WR 6’2″ 185
Zane Zandier Thomas Jefferson High School DB 6’3″ 203
Luke Frederick Bishop Guilfoyle High School TE/DE 6’3″ 215
Donovan Jeeter Beaver Falls High School DE 6’5″ 270
Parker Jones Wellsboro Area High School TE/DE 6’5″ 225
Connor Kerstetter Blue Mountain High School TE/LB 6’3″ 215
Will Kiely Downingtown East High School TE/DE 6’3″ 250
Micah Parsons Central Dauphin High School DE/WR 6’3″ 240
Ricky Poillon Lancaster Catholic High School TE/DE 6’5″ 235
Tyler Sears Neshannock High School TE 6’5″ 245
Griffin Sestili North Allegheny High School TE 6’3″ 245
Alex Twiford Wilson Westlawn High School TE 6’3″ 230
Nick Argento Red Lion Area High School OL/DL 6’3″ 305
Gavin Barclay York Suburban High School OL/DL 6’6″ 282
Mason Cholewa Montour High School DL 6’6″ 260
Rayquan Crowder Beaver Falls High School DL 6’3″ 280
Jaohne Duggan Bethlehem Liberty High School DL/TE 6’3″ 260
Michael Farrell Dallas High School OL/DL 6’2″ 280
Kieran Firment West Allegheny High School OL 6’4″ 280
James Gmiter Bethel Park High School OL/DL 6’4″ 290
Curtis Harper McKeesport High School DL 6’2″ 290
Shaun Hastings Cedar Cliff High School OL/DE 6’3″ 265
Kurt Hinish Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School DL 6’3″ 270
Logan Hivner Abington Heights High School DL 6’0″ 235
Gabe Houy Upper St. Clair High School OL 6’6″ 280
Josh Lugg North Allegheny High School OL 6’6″ 290
Brady Maxwell Cocalico High School OL/DL 5’11” 250
Alex Minford South Fayette High School OL 6’2″ 280
Raunya Mitchell Susquehanna Township High School OL/DL 6’4″ 280
Carson Picheco Erie McDowell High School OL/DL 6’3″ 268
Kyle Pierce Berwick High School OL/DL 6’0″ 270
Zachary Rode Wallenpaupack High School OL/DL 6’3″ 300
Conner Rutan South Williamsport High School OL/DL 6’1″ 298
Ryan Solt James M. Coughlin High School OL/DL 6’3″ 290
Will Swope State College High School OL 6’6″ 270
CJ Thorpe Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School DL 6’4″ 300
Khalique Washington Lebanon High School OL/DL 6’5″ 285
David Adams Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School LB 6’2″ 230
Amin Black Imhotep Institute Charter High School LB 5’11” 224
Max Chizmar Mars High School LB 6’2″ 225
Antoine Cook McKeesport High School OLB 6’3″ 215
Pete Haffner State College High School LB/RB 6’0″ 215
Brady Hornbaker Bethlehem Freedom High School LB/TE 6’0″ 225
Andrew Irwin Bishop Guilfoyle High School LB/RB 6’2″ 215
Major Jordon North Schuykill High School LB/RB 6’1″ 210
Mike Kalyan Schuykill Haven High School LB/RB 5’10” 210
Matt Kalyan Schuykill Haven High School LB/RB 5’10” 215
Josiah Quigley Cumberland Valley High School LB/RB 6’2″ 205
Rick Squires Penn Hills High School OLB 6’1″ 200
Marcus Wilson Berks Catholic High School LB/RB 5’11” 220
Colin McCreary Abington Heights High School K/P 6’1″ 185


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