The Brentwood Blaze football players will begin their evaluations with new helmets this year.
The Blaze board heard safety concerns from parents and invested in helmets that are college and NFL rated.
“While the helmets were close to $400 each, offering this to our players and parents betters our program,” Don Borgeson, board member for the Blaze organization, said.
The Riddell Speedflex helmets offer state-of-the-art protection and are backed by extensive research and data to keep young players safe. The way the helmet is designed allows for it to better absorb the impact of a tackle to the front of the head.
“We divide the kids by age, weight and experience to make it safer,” Borgeson said. “While football does get a bad rap, the research shows head injuries in soccer, basketball and flag football. Our coaches are trained on safety, and we take it seriously.”
The Blaze board also created a director of player safety position, which will be responsible for ensuring safety standards are in place.
Brentwood Blaze camp starts Monday, July 26, and goes through Thursday, July 29. Evaluations begin Aug. 2 at 6 p.m., and a preseason bowl is scheduled for Aug. 14 and a jamboree on Aug. 21.
While there is currently a wait list, the board wants additional players to sign up to create an additional team.
“We also have opportunities for additional coaches,” Borgeson said. “If anyone wants to sign up their child, please know we can always use more coaches.”
As an organization, Blaze is shifting its focus to partner with area middle and high schools, so when players transition to their respective schools, they’ll be better prepared.
“As a coach, my job is to teach players the best technique, teamwork, and as an organization, it is important to work with public and private schools to prepare the player for the next level,” Borgeson said.
Brentwood Blaze is a nonprofit organization founded to provide an educational and recreational program for ages 5-12 in the Brentwood area.
To learn more or register for the fall 2021 season, visit www.brentwoodblaze.org.