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PLP Announces Clinic Schedule

Practice Like Pros today announced its travel schedule for the first few months of 2019 -- 13 appearances at 11 sites in 11 different states.  

The year begins in San Antonio, TX, with a Monday, January 7, presentation to theFootball Council of the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), trade organization of leading industry sports and fitness brands, suppliers, retailers and partners.

The seven weeks beginning in mid-January are packed with Glazier Clinics, NIKE Coach of the Year Clinics and state coaches' association clinics.  April brings co-presentations with two head coaches -- Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth and Pat Shurmur of the New York Giants.  Additional appearances will be announced in coming weeks.

The schedule to date:

SFIA Football Council Meeting January 7, Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX​

Michigan MHSFCA Clinic January 17-18, Radisson Hotel, Lansing, MI​

Glazier/Atlanta Clinic January 26, Evergreen Marriott Resort, Stone Mountain, GA​

New York NYSHSFCA Clinic February 8, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, NY

Glazier/Baltimore Clinic February 9, Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

NIKE/Orlando Clinic February 22-23, Wyndham Resort Hotel, Orlando, FL​

NIKE/New England Clinic February 28, Windsor Marriott, Windsor, CT

Presentation to TnFCA Board of Directors March 1, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN

Glazier/Pittsburgh Clinic March 2, Sheraton at Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA

New Jersey NJFCA/Rutgers Clinic w/Pat Shurmur April 5, Rutgers Practice Bubble, Piscataway, NJ​

SFIA/NFHS/NCAA Rules Conference w/Buddy Teevens April 23, Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, IN

Thanks to Gamebreaker and Atavus

PLP's ambitious travel schedule is made possible by its loyal sponsors, Gamebreaker andAtavus.

Gamebreaker is uniquely designed soft-shell headgear for football, rugby, soccer, water polo and wrestling.  Its protective foam cushioning is D3O Smart Molecule technology.  The hook-and-loop chinstrap combine with adjustable laces in back to give custom fit.  LYCRA surrounds the outer shell, allowing airflow to relieve excess heat.  PLPrecommends Gamebreaker for 7v7 and any football practice or walk-through in which helmets are not worn.  In testing last year by the renowned Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, Gamebreaker earned the top score of 5 Stars, which scientific researchers report "translates to a reduction in concussion risk of at least 70 per cent for the impacts tested."

Atavus is a world-leading authority on tackle performance and coaching technique for clients in the NFL, college and high school football.  Combining actionable data with analysis from successful coaches, Atavus delivers measurement/analysis of game and practice video to improve the performance of players and coaches.  Its shoulder-led tackling technique is both dominant and safety-conscious.  In 2018, the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA), in partnership with the University Interscholastic League (UIL), governing body of Texas high school athletics, madeAtavus tackling education mandatory for all 23,000 coaches in the state. 


Practice Limits Considered in Two States

Practice Like Pros' recommended practice-contact limits will be considered this month by governing bodies in Michigan and New Jersey.

On January 17, Mark Uyl, executive director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), and Nate Hampton, his assistant director for football, will meet in Lansing with Brad Bush, Board member of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA), and PLP founder Terry O'Neil.

Meanwhile, the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) will consider the proposal at its meetings January 9 and February 13 in Robbinsville, NJ.

In both cases, the state coaches' associations have endorsed PLP's recommended limits, the most restrictive in the history of football at any level:

no full contact in spring/summer,6 hours total in pre-season, including scrimmage(s),15 minutes per week in regular- and post-season.

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