INDIANAPOLIS – Offering the fun and fitness of football to young athletes, USA Football’s 2019 Protection Tour kicks off its national schedule on June 23. The series of USA Football events, conducted in partnership with Riddell, delivers expert-driven football and player safety information to youth players, parents and coaches, including tackling fundamentals, concussion education and equipment fitting.

The 2019 Protection Tour encompasses six free, single-day summer events for approximately 2,000 youth players. Events will take place at NFL stadiums and practice facilities across the country, providing instruction on several components of USA Football’s nationally endorsed Heads Up Football program. The Protection Tour applies non-contact, age-appropriate drills in alignment with the Football Development Model for lifelong health and wellness through America’s favorite sport.

Youth football players, parents and coaches can learn more and register for free 2019 Protection Tour events at[Note: To register, participants need a USA Football account, which can be created at no cost at this link.]

“With support from Riddell, USA Football’s Protection Tour provides families with fun and dynamic football experiences while delivering better and smarter standards for young players,” USA Football CEO SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Our Tour sites also feature exceptional football destinations, thanks to the community-minded generosity of NFL teams.”

“Riddell’s widespread work at the grassroots level includes the USA Football Protection Tour, which is an important initiative for us each summer,” Riddell President and CEO DAN ARMENT said. “Protection Tour creates a solid foundation for young athletes to experience the game in an exciting format, and central to the event, is collaborating to share information on proper equipment fitting and advancements in head protection.”

Riddell, the official protective equipment partner of USA Football, is a long-time supporter of USA Football’s programs and initiatives. Riddell assists the independent non-profit as it awards more than $1.5 million in grants to youth and high school programs annually.

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.

2019 USA Football Protection Tour Schedule of Events (all times local):






June 23

12 to 3 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia, Pa.

NovaCare Complex

June 28

5 to 8 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers

Santa Clara, Calif.

Levi’s Stadium

July 27

12 to 3 p.m.

Los Angles Chargers

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Hoag Performance Center

Aug. 10

6 to 9 p.m.

New York Giants

East Rutherford, N.J.

MetLife Stadium



Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis, Ind.

Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center



Minnesota Vikings



2019 USA Football Protection Tour event components:

Shoulder tackling

Clinicians teach youth players and coaches proper tackling technique. Shoulder Tackling is designed to reduce helmet contact for fundamentally sound and safer play.

Equipment fitting

Players, parents and coaches participate in an interactive session, led by a Riddell equipment fitting expert, to learn how to properly fit a player’s helmet. Players may also bring their own helmet and receive a personalized fitting by Riddell.

Learn the fundamentals

Athletes participate in a fun and dynamic seven-part rotation of non-contact football drills to advance fitness and physical literacy.

Concussion recognition and response

Parents take part in an educational seminar on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response protocols.

Special guest appearances

Past and present NFL coaches and players participate at Tour stop to meet parents and young players.


About USA Football: USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance, unify and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team program for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.

About Riddell: Riddell is a premier designer and developer of football helmets, protective sports equipment, head impact monitoring technologies, apparel and related accessories. A recognized leader in helmet technology and innovation, Riddell is the leading manufacturer of football helmets and shoulder pads, and a top provider of reconditioning services (cleaning, repairing, repainting and recertifying existing equipment). For more information, visit our website at, like the Riddell Facebook page, or follow Riddell on Instagram and Twitter @RiddellSports.

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