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Georgia Elite Sports Academy Inc.

PLAYER SAFETY MEASURES

To help ensure the safety of every child, Georgia Elite Sports Academy, Inc. NFL Flag Football Program:

  1. Performs background checks all coaches
  2. Hires only trained officials to ensure that “safe play” is enforced
  3. Requires players to wear a mouth guard
  4. Requires concussion awareness training and certification for all coaches
  5. Has adopted a rule book with it’s emphasis on player safety
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Coach Background Checks

All coaches are background checked through the USA Football National Center for Safety Initiatives Background Checks Program. The fully managed screening system is designed for youth-serving organizations with optimal safety in mind. The USA Football subsidized program is tailored to meet the needs of youth football organizations.

Screening includes:

  • Identity verification
  • National Criminal Database search
  • All available state sex offender registries search
  • Social security number verification
  • OFAC federal terrorist database search
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Trained Officials

All game officials for Georgia Elite NFL Flag Football are provided by You Play It, We Call It, an organization that has been serving the Atlanta Metro Area since 2006 by educating and supplying game officials and referees for many of the area's school and private youth and adult sports leagues. Each official is required to know and apply the rules properly and to work effectively to ensure that “safe-play” is enforced. Officials are expected to demonstrate good communication skills and manage the game accordingly at all times. In addition, a site supervisor is present at all games.

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Mouth Guards

All Georgia Elite NFL Flag Football players are required to wear a protective mouth guard at all times the ball is in play.

Though the primary role of mouth guards is the protection of the teeth and orofacial structure, claims have been made that there is a relationship between mouth guards and the prevention of cerebral concussion. While there is no scientific proof that wearing a mouth guard can prevent a concussion, there is agreement among many experts in the field that properly fitted mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment for kids participating in contact sports.


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USA Football Certification and Concussion Awareness Training for all Head Coaches

All Georgia Elite NFL Flag Football coaches are required to complete the USA Football Flag Training and Certification course, which provides important information on coaching theory, football fundamentals and safety, including concussion prevention and awareness.
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Game Rules With An Emphasis on Player Safety

Georgia Elite NFL Flag Football enforces rules that emphasize player safety by:

  • Ensuring the game is non-contact (no blocking or tackling)
  • Instituting “No-Run Zones” to avoid short yardage, power running plays
  • No fumbles (ball is dead)
  • No contact with the quarterback
  • No metal cleats allowed
  • No shorts/pants with belt loops or pockets (to protect fingers, hands)
  • No kick-offs or punts

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