TCYFL Health and Wellbeing initiatives

TCYFL has always been the leader in youth football for many reasons. We like every other youth sports programs are concerned for our players safety.

The difference with us is that we are ALWAYS going to be proactive and do something to continue to improve the way we protect our athletes. Our goal is to teach and educate every participant (players, parents and coaches) on how we can continue to keep our players safe.

Heat and Hydration:
TCYFL has implemented the guidelines to deal with extreme heat at all youth football games and practices. It is designed to provide participants with a standard for safe play in situations of extreme heat.

The two values that the TCYFL will take into account when modifying or canceling games/practices are air temperature and relative humidity. The combination of these two elements reflects the heat index. We will rely on the heat index reading that is updated hourly by the National Weather Service at the OHARE Executive Airport.

As a parent, please educate yourself regarding these Heat and Hydration Guidelines.

Concussion Awareness:
TCYFL continues to be a leader in health & safety initiatives. Our game has never been safer thanks to the improvements in equipment, teaching and coaching techniques and the resources and knowledge available to us. TCYFL was one of the first organizations to implement the ImPACT Cognitive testing tool to all of our players 10 years of age and older, with recurring baseline testing and education. We continue to review other tools that may assist in the evaluation and assessment of a player injury. Most of our games are supported by trained and licensed Athletic Trainers that are there to actively respond to any potential injury and provide the best possible evaluation and care. All of our coaches have completed mandatory USA Football’s Heads UP Certification and Advanced Concussion training provided by TCYFL and our partners.


Advanced Concussion Training for ALL TCYFL Coaches.(TCYFL & USA Football)
Baseline ImPACT Cognitive testing for ALL players 10 years and older. (ImPACT)
Schedule Athletic trainers at TCYFL football games
Preseason and in season changes to full contact
Conditioning week: from 10 hrs conditioning to 6 hrs (3 days) conditioning and 4hrs. (2 days) helmet and shoulder pads for proper heads up blocking and tackling technique training
Equipment week: from 10 hrs full contact to 10 hrs total with 7 hrs max contact
In school and season: Starting the Monday prior to opening weekend from 8 hrs full contact to 8 hrs total including film and walk through with 4 hrs max contact
Absolutely NO leading with the crown of the helmet. 15 yd unsportsmanlike penalty. 2nd is automatic game disqualification

Parents, please visit our partner USA Football to learn more.

USA Football also offers a FREE mobile app for both android and iphone users that can assit you in keeping your player safe and making the right decisions while on the field.

 TCYFL parents

 TCYFL Member Communities

The Chicagoland Youth Football League
PO Box 1087
Lake Zurich, IL 60047


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