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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30 Responses to “Vikings To Host USA Football Coaching School At Winter Park”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    This is probably a good sign, that Vikings business is going on as usual.

    We talk about “the CBA.” What is really going on is a STRIKE by the NFL players who refused to accept the offers given by the Owners.

    Who could blame the players at first. The owners were messing with there health with the crazy proposal of an 18 game schedule.

    The way I look at it, less games, less injuries. Perhaps the NFL should consider a 12 game schedule. Chances are, that’s what we’ll be seeing this year anyway.

  2. By Chilly4Life on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    I heard “The Perfect One”, Brad Childress, will be the speaker of honor. I, for one, will be bringing the whole family to Winter Park in hopes of a glimpse of a man who brought so many smiles to the faces of this great state. I can only hope that this is the beginning of this organization reasserting Childress into the staff. Change in ’11. Bring back Childress and we’ll be bathing in Super Bowl rings.

  3. By CA Norwegian on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    The season could be longer, and there could be more byes. It seems that there are many more teams than before, but they could have games of the week for 18 weeks, and because there are more teams, each weekend would hold some interest, even if the Vikings aren’t playing. What about 18 weeks with 4 byes? The season is too long for the players and too short for the fans, this is a good compromise.

  4. By Carl K on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    I have a hard time getting excited about bye weeks. I don’t want to add more bye weeks and I don’t think the season needs to be any longer.

    I like 4 preseason games because it give some young guys that are on the cut bubble a chance to put some things on film.

    One change I would like to see is – lets make all 53 guys on the roster active and eligible to play each week.

  5. By Carl K on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Playoff games add the most revenue – so if you want to make the season longer add more playoff wild card teams and have an extra week or 2 of playoffs. I can live with 3 preseason games and an extra playoff games… but I think the 16 games season is plenty long enough.

  6. By CA Norwegian on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    I hate seeing guys limping or getting carted off the most. Some more time to recoup during the season would reduce that. Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye… Means longer careers. Logistically it may be unfeasible. They will work it out this season or not, but more byes may in fact logically be discussed if they opt for a longer season.

  7. By Carl K on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    More active players would mean more subs… which would lead to less injuries, or less pressure for a player to stay in the game and play through an injury. Thus meaning longer careers.

    Bye weeks are kinda like kissing your sister… the excitement just isn’t the same.

  8. By Parody on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    LOL – Kissing your sister? Is that how you heal up from one date to get ready for the next? I don’t know that I like that analogy quite so much. Maybe kissing a mirror or a blowup doll would be more accurate, unless you found it easier to practice with a real person…

    But I like bye weeks just because it gives more chances to see your rivals play and cheer against them, while at the same time giving solace that the team will have a slightly better chance the next week because of the extra R&R.

  9. By Parody on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    I just checked out the start or sit em video from yesterday, and was happy to see that the people from NFL Network were so certain that Ponder should be one of the 2-rookie QBs who should start this year, along with Cam Newton. Gabbert and Locker both are shut down because they aren’t smart/accurate enough.

    But the Vikings “have all the tools…great weapons to work with, and BECAUSE HE DOES HAVE ADRIAN PETERSON!” Add in the fact that Ponder should be a quick study (3-years of college in “the Harvard of the South” with a degree and Masters to show for it), and he could really do some good things during his rookie year.

  10. By Parody on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s some inviting breaking news:

    The article says that a deal for the stadium could get done by TONIGHT! That sounds very optimistic, from the fact that the state hasn’t even worked out a budget yet, but it’s nice to see.

    The article also says that $200m has been cut from the estimated construction costs, which just leads me to wonder if we are going to be missing out on something special because of it, but so long as we have a stadium that can keep the Vikings in MN, I’ll be happy with whatever the final result is.

    The positive side of the lower construction cost is that it should make it very easy for the state to buy in, since they have already claimed that $300m would be covered, but that an extra $120m of road construction above and beyond was holding them back. Now the state will have enough reserves to build that road AND couple of doughnut shops around it! Then the extra police officers needed for the area can be kept happy too!

  11. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    good one Parody,LOL, x10.

  12. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    Twin Cities Suburb Angles For New Vikings Stadium
    ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) Officials in a Twin Cities suburb say they have reached agreement with the Minnesota Vikings to lure the NFL team away from their longtime home in Minneapolis.

    Ramsey County officials say they will be the team’s partner on a proposed retractable-roof stadium in Arden Hills, about 10 miles from the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.
    The site of the stadium would be the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant property. The agreement calls for an $884 million stadium and an additional $173 million for site infrastructure, parking and environmental costs.

  13. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply


    An announcement is expected Wednesday on a new Vikings stadium deal hammered out between Ramsey County, state lawmakers and the team officials. The Vikings have reportedly increased their contribution to the Arden Hills complex to seal the deal.

  14. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Sounding good at this time, wait for it, is it time to par-tie? Tail getting soon? Hope runs high. I hope the carpet is not pulled from under our feet.

  15. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hope, Hope, Hope.

  16. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    Now, the cost for the project has reportedly (if the Star-Tribune’s report is accurate) dropped by approximately $200 million dollars, which would put the cost of the project at $800 million or so. Hmmmmmm. . .$200 million. I believe that’s about how much its been reported that it would cost to put a roof on this new stadium. Not to mention that Zygi Wilf has said on more than one occasion that he would love for the Vikings’ new stadium to be of the outdoor variety.

    I’m not saying it’s likely or anything. . .but isn’t it at least possible that the Vikings are tired of waiting for this to get done and are asking the state to just repair the roads, taking the roof for the proposed stadium out of play and basically making this a partnership between themselves and Ramsey County?

  17. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply


  18. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    This is from,

    Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, said the early reports sent stadium opponents scrambling, and led to a conference call Wednesday that included her and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “It’s just clear that something was in the air,” said Hausman. “Now, nothing’s in the air.”

  19. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Who is trying to stop the Vikings new stadium? DFL?

  20. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Is hope dashed, dashed, dashed? Hmmmm.

  21. By Parody on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like the team is cutting costs by dropping the idea of a retractable roof, which means that the new plan has changed to Metrodome 2.0

    That’s pretty disappointing. I’d much rather they just scräp the roof idea all together. It would probably save them another $100-$200 million and the state won’t have to pay a cent. As others have said, they built the Twins a field without a roof, why should the Vikings get punished? What they really ought to have done was put a roof on TCF field. Are any of the other events that the state wants to hold going to need more seats than the Gophers built? Plus, since they just put a new roof on the metrodome, why can’t they just continue to use that for all the indoor events?

  22. By Frederick Jones on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Perhaps they could build the stadium without a roof, but with plans for a roof later?

  23. By Frederick Jones on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    @CA Norwegian,

    I favored all those bye weeks initially just like you did. But now I realize that would be bad for the sport of football. In addition one bye week is not going to heal an ACL ! !

    There are many injuries that are not going to heal with one weeks rest, even with the supersonic medical programs the Vikings are using.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    I would go back to a 14 game schedule in a heart-beat. But that’s not going to happen.

    The more games of football they play, the more money…INITIALLY.

    It’s like the goose with the golden age. You have that goose who keeps giving you eggs, but then you try to get more eggs by using a knife on the goose, thereby killing him.

    That’s what will happen with more, and more games. I’m not sure 16 game is too many. But certainly it will happen eventually if there are too many games.

  25. By Frederick Jones on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Can we make football more popular?

    Quality will get more fans to start watching, not quantity !

    Have you ever watched the NHL, NBA, or MLB? THEY PLAY WAY TOO MANY GAMES ! ! !

  26. By Parody on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – I like your idea for the stadium. Then they can justify the new roof on the dome for the time in between until they decide they can finance a retractable roof. Good thinking!

  27. By Parody on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    On the other side of things though, Fred, I think that the offseason is WAY too long. So I’m with the owners for adding a couple more games, and another bye week or two.

    Injuries happen, and these guys are paid big money to take the risk. If they decide that it’s really not worth the chance, then they have every right to try to find a different job.

  28. By DRS on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings could build a stadium with the fixed roof that is planned for a retractable roof later on when the Vikings could get the financing need to complete the stadium. That could go for future expansion of the surrounding area. They should present this plan as an ongoing development. Build now what can be built with the future expansion in mind, Start small and build as you go, year by year with an end date in mind, 5 to 7 years. Going back to the lawmakers every two years for further financing, just an I deal to get the Vikings to the open air stadium.

  29. By DRS on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    Now there is no NBA, they are on a lock out.

  30. By DRS on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    If pro-sports keeps going this way it will be a boom for semi-pro sports.

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