Taking Back Football

Coach Blum’s Take On The Sport

University of Iowa’s Youth Football Research: More Than Reported

By Tyler Blum At the risk of sounding like a politician, the mass media got it wrong when reporting the results of a recent University of Iowa study on injury rates in youth football. Headlines and reports of the data were spun to grab readers’ attention, but didn’t...

9 Reasons To Attend Offseason Football Camps

The offseason is a better time for personal player development than is during the season. During the season is a difficult time for youth coaches to provide small-scale or position-specific training for every player on the team. Limited practice time and coaching...

TBF Camps Will Make An Impact This Season

Pictued above: Chase Arends (blue) will be a sophomore at Dike-New Hartford next fall. Last year, Chase was selected to All-American teams for his age group by 2 national organizations: O-D Football Camps (Florida) and the USA National Team (Dallas). Chase was...

Learning To Pitch

This is one of my favorite times of year. On the heels of March Madness and Wrestlmania, baseball season has come again. Every season from 2nd-11th grade, I was gearing up for another summer on the ball diamond in the proud baseball town of Walnut, Iowa. I was blessed...

You’ll Rely On Your Academics Longer Than Your Athletics

I got lucky. I made the mistake that every academic counselor tries to steer student athletes away from. I didn’t put a lot of thought into a post-college career because I never considered a life without football. I eventually settled on the athlete-friendly...

The Life Of My Football Life

My life has been guided by a sport that I fell in love with from the moment I first played on the playground. Football has been my medium for learning life’s most critical skills. The football field is a place to develop interpersonal skills, overcome challenges, to...

A Nod To Wrestling

To put it simply— Wrestling is exactly what youth football players should be doing during the football offseason. I was a dedicated wrestler for 15 years and recall how much that sport impacted my path from Walnut, Iowa to the University of Iowa. I was in an Iowa...

Winnings & Losing in Youth Sports

This post was inspired by a USA Football article “How to come back from defeat,” which discusses dealing with losses in relation to a player’s purpose for participating in the first place.  In the NFL and NCAA, coaches & players are often judged by one stat– wins...

Recruiting Tips

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS– getting a college football team to look at you may not be as difficult as you imagine. Sure, you need to be a heck of a player for them to seriously recruit you and consider offering a scholarship, but you need to make yourself a recruit-able...

Taking Back Football

I don’t need to tell you that the sport of football has been under a microscope lately– from youth programs through the NFL, the debates include injuries, player misconduct, locker room bullying, intercollegiate scandals, and more. The current state of the sport has...

University of Iowa Sports Medicine researching local youth football

When I started the RedZone Youth Football League with Diamond Dreams, one of driving forces behind it’s genesis was the growing concern from parents over injuries & concussions in youth tackle football. A heightened awarness and growing media coverage has...

Get Rid Of Pads In Youth Football

The RedZone Youth Football League (powered by NFL Flag) is a flag football league; yet it will be highly instructional, competitive on game day, and start to teach the correct fundamentals of tackling to the older groups. The debate of padded vs. non-padded youth...
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