According to statistics from the NFSHAA, football was the most popular high school sport in the nation for the 2011-12 school year with 1,121,744 participants. The endorsements by the Indiana and Minnesota coaching associations include 703 combined high school programs.
“This is an extraordinary show of leadership by the IFCA and the MFCA that will further advance the safety of youth and high-school aged athletes who enjoy the fun, fitness and rewards of football,” USA Football executive director Scott Hallenbeck said in a release.
“We are changing for the better how the game is being played.”
Broughton has been coaching football at Pendleton Heights for 38 years, and he believes the IFCA’s endorsement is another step forward for the sport.
“Anything the IFCA can do to make the game safer for us in Indiana,” Broughton said. “I think is a good move.”