Vikings To Host USA Football Coaching School At Winter Park

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on June 28, 2011 – 12:00 pm

WHAT: USA Football Coaching School, presented by the Minnesota Vikings and Sports Authority

WHO: Minnesota Youth Football Coaches, local high school football coaches and longtime youth coaches serving as clinicians, and USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and the Vikings’ youth football development partner

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Vikings Winter Park Complex, 9520 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

WHAT’S NEW: Five-hour coaching clinics, designed exclusively for youth football coaches, cover coaching philosophy, how to teach football fundamentals, concussion awareness and education, proper equipment fitting and communicating with players, parents and other coaches.

Clinics are designed in conjunction with USA Football’s Player Progression Development Model, introducing age-appropriate coaching techniques and what skills to teach based on a player’s physical and cognitive maturity.

Coaches may select a coaching curriculum for one of four player age groups – Under-8, Under-10, Under-12, or Under-14 – and follow that track throughout the classroom and on-the-field training with instructors specifically trained to teach that level.

REGISTER: Coaches may register at by clicking here

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

USA Football Coaching School participants receive the following with their $30 registration:

  • Instruction from top high school and veteran youth coaches
  • USA Football/Sports Authority clip board
  • Coach’s gift bag
  • USA Football/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Concussion Awareness information
  • USA Football Certificate of Completion

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is the official youth football development partner of the Vikings and the NFL. On July 23, Minnesota youth football coaches will receive instruction on how to best teach the sport’s fundamentals. They also will learn how to recognize and take action if a youth athlete is suspected to have a concussion. Riddell, the sport’s leading protective equipment manufacturer, will have representatives on hand to conduct proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting demonstrations. USA Football corporate partners Marriott, Sports Authority, BRAX SpiritCups, Shock Doctor, TSS Photography, Velocity Sports Performance and PNC Bank also assist America’s youth football family by supporting USA Football coaching schools.

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Vikings Fans are Weighing in on Stadium Efforts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 28, 2011 – 10:36 am

Vikings Stadium Development/Grassroots Coordinator Eric Durkee checks in with this blog entry regarding the Vikings on-going push for a new stadium in Arden Hills:

As the Vikings continue to work with Governor Dayton, legislative leaders, and Ramsey County on developing final legislation to build a new stadium in Arden Hills, the team’s biggest supporters continue to weigh in on the public conversation surrounding the issue.

Shortly after a Shoreview city councilman posted an online petition against a new stadium in Arden Hills, Vikings fans countered with their own petition in support of the plan. Despite the councilman’s petition receiving media coverage from outlets like the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and, Vikings fans’ support of the plan that creates jobs and secures the team in Minnesota has clearly outpaced opponents. In only five days, the fan petition has over 5,400 signatures and continues to climb every hour. You can view and sign the petition here.

Grassroots efforts such as this truly show how passionate Vikings fans are about keeping their team in Minnesota and seeing a new stadium become a reality. And given that the Vikings still believe when the budget issue is resolved, new stadium legislation will also be heard during a Special Session, these efforts could not come at a better time.

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