USA Football has named ANTHONY BIELLO, president of Katy Youth Football (Texas), to its newly established Commissioner Advisory Committee to advance important standards rooted in education for America’s youth football community. Biello is one of eight youth football league commissioners from eight states who will unite to examine regional trends for the football community and collaborate with other USA Football committees, national governing bodies and medical organizations to determine best practices and recommendations for youth and high school player education and safety. USA Football’s Commissioner Advisory Committee will guide the organization’s continued development of educational resources and player safety initiatives, includingUSA Football’s Heads Up FootballSM program, an accredited coach education program that has certified more than 110,000 coaches, and a national background check initiative with the National Center for Safety Initiatives. “Nothing comes before the health and safety of our young athletes, and this committee enables us to advance this for children in all 50 states who love to play football and gain the fitness and social benefits of playing an exciting team sport,” Biello said. “USA Football programs are raising standards in how coaches are prepared to teach and how player safety is addressed by coaches, players and parents.” One of the largest youth football leagues in Texas, Katy Youth Football is composed of 70 teams, 350 coaches and 1,600 players. Also a certified Heads Up FootballSM Player Safety Coach, Biello’s program provides quality youth football programs to children within a sound, structured environment that focuses on safety and promotes sportsmanship. “Our Commissioner Advisory Committee members are as diverse and dynamic as the communities they serve,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Anthony’s knowledge will bring even greater innovation to our work for the sake of the children who love to play this game as well as the dedicated youth leagues that are committed to USA Football’s standards.” USA Football’s Commissioner Advisory Committee:
|Anthony Biello||Rocky Mountain Region||Katy Youth Football (Texas)|
|Jeff Glenn||Rocky Mountain Region||Jeffco Midget Football Association (Colo.)|
|Leroy Hollins II||Southeast Region||Louisiana Youth Football|
|Phillip Lomax||West Region||San Diego Youth Football & Cheer|
|Dan Macartney||East Region||The Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference (Pa.)|
|Geoff Meyer||Midwest Region (Committee Chair)||The Chicagoland Youth Football League|
|Brian Noe||Midwest Region||The Downriver Junior Football League (Mich.)|
|Terry Riddle||Southeast Region||Florida Youth Football and Cheer League|
Some of the medical and sport backers of USA Football and its Heads Up Football program include:
- Maxwell Football Club
- National Parent Teacher Association
- American College of Sports Medicine
- Michigan H.S. Football Coaches Assoc.
- National Police Athletic League
- American Football Coaches Assoc.
- Minnesota Football Coaches Association
- North Carolina Coaches Association
- American Medical Society for Sports Med.
- National Athletic Trainers Association
- Northern Va. Football Coaches Assoc.
- Arizona Coaches Association
- NATA Research & Education Foundation
- Pac-12 Conference
- Atlantic Coast Conference
- National Fed. of State High School Assoc.
- Pop Warner Little Scholars
- Big 12 Conference
- National Football League
- Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society
- Big Ten Conference
- NFL Alumni Association
- Sport Safety International
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- NFL Head, Neck & Spine Committee
- Sports & Fitness Industry Association
- Indiana Football Coaches Association
- Nat’l Interscholastic Athletic Admin. Assoc.
- United Youth Football League
- Korey Stringer Institute
About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football (usafootball.com) is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics.