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Madison Junior Football Invites Parents, Residents to Upcoming Safety Clinic

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Madison Junior Football invites parents and other interested area residents to learn more about what the program does to maintain a safe environment for all its players at is upcoming parent safety clinic on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. inside the Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave.

Speakers will include parents of current football players, a representative from Riddell equipment, League President Dominick Violi, Madison Junior Football President Tom Leck and board member Scott Spelker. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Those in attendance can check out the equipment this program uses to keep kids safe, including the Riddell InSite Smart Helmets its seventh- and eighth-grade teams began using two years ago.

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These helmets have multiple sensors to detect hard impact. One coach will demonstrate how this technology works on the field when a player receives a hard hit.

This season, sixth-grade players will also begin using smart helmets.

Madison Junior Football President Tom Leck said the programs goal is to use these helmets "at every tackle level."

Madison Junior Football has always been at the forefront of safety in the Morris County Youth Football League, Leck said. Madison was one of the first programs in the county to join the nationally-acclaimed USA Football organization, which requires a three-hour certification program and test. The USA football program focuses on "heads up" tackling to avoid helmet to helmet contact and to make the game safer for all participants. Every coach in Madison Junior Football is USA certified. 

To register for the parent safety clinic, send an email to Scott.spelker@cbmoves.com or victoria.heskett@gmail.com.

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