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Raves for Our Touring Video Clinic (Worcester, Ma., August 10)

"I thought the program was terrific."

–Jimmy Tucker, head coach, Nashoba Regional HIgh, Bolton, Ma.

"I thought the program was phenomenal. It was logical, backed by science and overall in the best interest of the kids, which is what we're all about as coaches."

–Joe Beveridge, head coach, Tantasqua High, Fiskdale, Ma.

"Very good, a very worthwhile experience. We learned new ways to practice, new drills to do. I thought the panel of Dr. Cantu, Buddy Teevens, Coach Ditka and Chris Berman was fantastic."

–Jim Pisegna, Burncoat High, Worcester, Ma.

"I thought the program was excellent. This is the way football is going. Particularly, the drills from Stanford and Dartmouth can be shown to high school coaches to get this done faster."

–Steve Dembowski, head coach, Swampscott (Ma.) High

"Terry, I listened to you speak in Canton, Ohio, and also attended the meeting in Worcester. It has revived me as a coach. I have totally bought into the words of Dr. Cantu, Coach Ditka, Coach Teevens and yourself. We need people to understand that football is evolving into a safer game. It is a sacred game that can provide an amazing number of opportunities to the young men who play it."

–Eric Cumba, head coach, St. Thomas Aquinas High, Dover, N.H.

"...just absolutely awesome."

–Jim Kelleher, head coach, Abington (Ma.) High

"...really exciting. Some of the video footage we can show the
kids will help keep them safe."

–Doug Orland, assistant coach, Campbell High, Litchfield, N.H.

"I have watched the video, very much enjoyed it and found it helpful.
We have been heading toward this as a sport for years, and we want to be on the cutting edge, ahead of the curve. We will be implementing this ASAP."

–John Bowen, head coach, Hephzibah (Ga.) High

"I want to try to get out the message about Practice Like Pros. I've said all the time down here there's too much, too much tackling, physical contact at practice. Let's come together and do something here in Atlanta."

–Glenn Ford Jr., i-dareU football training, off-season coach of DeAntre Turman,
high school player who died on a suburban Atlanta practice field, August 16, 2013

"Terry, I thought it was very good, truly a professional presentation. Your introduction leading to the coaches' talks was excellent. It grabbed your attention right away. The coaches were also excellent!! I believe it will be very well received wherever it is viewed and on every level. We must all face the fact that the game must be made safer. As a former head coach, I often wonder how many wins I left on the practice field by over-emphasizing technique, tempo and toughness."

–Dick Vermeil

Mission

In high school football,  58% of concussions occur in practice, not in games.*
In the NFL, that number is 3%.**

Our mission is to advocate change in youth and high school football.
These are the five pillars of Practice Like Pros . . . .

 

  • We advocate flag football through 6th grade, followed in 7th/8th by a limited-contact format that is full pads/full speed, but "thud" finish instead of tackling, thereby keeping everyone on his feet......nobody goes to the ground. Tackling/full-contact should be delayed until 9th grade.
  • No full-contact practice in spring/summer/off-season, 3 hours full-contact including
    scrimmage(s)in pre-season, 30 minutes per week in-season.
  • Players must self-diagnose and report concussion symptoms because:
    The Second Impact Can Kill You.
  • Full-time athletic trainer or comparable medical professional on every team.
    EMS on site at every game.
  • First-ever scientific research of neuro-catastrophic injury in high school football, now being
    conducted by Dr. Robert C. Cantu and teams of researchers from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Maryland and the University of Washington.

  *Source: Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention
**Source: NFL

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Practice Like Pros  is endorsed by...

Dr. James Andrews Dr. James Andrews, Founder,
Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics
& Sports Medicine
Tony Dorsett Tony Dorsett, NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz Anthony Munoz, NFL Hall of Famer
Chris Ash Chris Ash, Head Coach,
Rutgers U.
Cortez Kennedy Maurice Jones-Drew, All-Pro RB,
Jacksonville Jaguars
Dan Hampton Mark Richt, Head Coach,
U. of Miami (Fl.)
Cornelius Bennett Cornelius Bennett, All-Pro LB,
Buffalo Bills
Ronnie Lott Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Famer Rocky Seto Rocky Seto, Assistant Head Coach,
Seattle Seahawks
Dr. Robert Cantu Dr. Robert Cantu, Co-founder,
Concussion Legacy Foundation
Oliver Luck Nick Lowery, All-Pro kicker,
Kansas City Chiefs
Bob Surace Bob Surace, Head Coach,
Princeton U.
Tom Condon Tom Condon, Premiere NFL Player Representative Oliver Luck Oliver Luck, Executive Vice President,
NCAA
Buddy Teevens Buddy Teevens, Head Coach,
Dartmouth College
Bob Costas Bob Costas, Broadcaster Archie Manning Archie Manning, Patriarch,
First Family of Football
Marcus Trufant Marcus Trufant, All-Pro CB,
Seattle Seahawks
Mike Ditka Mike Ditka, NFL Hall of Famer Leonard Marshall Leonard Marshall, All-Pro DL,
New York Giants
Dick Vermeil Dick Vermeil, Coach, Philadelphia
Eagles, St. Louis Rams (Super
Bowl champion), Kansas City Chiefs
John Dockery John Dockery, DB, Super Bowl III
champion New York Jets
Warren Moon Warren Moon, NFL Hall of Famer Sam Wyche Sam Wyche, Super Bowl Coach,
Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Bucs
 
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Appearances

2017

New York NYSPHSAA Executive Director/Section XI executives,
January 23, Smithtown, L.I., N.Y.

New Jersey NJSIAA Football Committee,
January 25, Robbinsville, N.J.

Greater Miami (Fl.) Athletic Conference (GMAC)
Executive Director,

March 6, Miami, Fl.

Florida FHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee,
March 7, Gainesville, Fl.

New Jersey Football Coaches Association (NJFCA)
Executive Committee,

March 13, Piscataway, N.J.

University of Miami Football Mini-Clinic,
April 1, Coral Gables, Fl.

Rutgers/NJFCA Coaches Clinic,
April 7, Piscataway, N.J.

Massachusetts High School Football
Coaches Association (MHSFCA) Executive Committee,

April 12, Westwood, Ma.

U.S. Veterans Administration's Brain Trust: Pathways to InnoVAtion
May 17, Boston, Ma.

Gamebreaker Annual Meeting
July 14, San Antonio, Tx.

Houston Texans Youth Football Summit
July 15, Houston, Tx.

2018

NIKE/Mid-South Clinic
February 17, Tunica, Ms.

NIKE/Pittsburgh Clinic
February 23-25, Pittsburgh

NIKE/New England Clinic
March 1-3, Windsor, Ct.

New England Coaches Clinic w/Buddy Teevens
March 9, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Ma.

Rutgers/NJFCA Clinic w/Dick Vermeil
April 6, Piscataway, N.J.

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About Our Founder

Terry O'Neil

Terry O'Neil

  • 16-time Emmy Award winner
  • Producer, ABC’s Monday Night Football, 1980
  • Executive Producer, CBS Sports, 1981–86
  • Creator/Executive Producer, The Sports Reporters for ESPN, 1988
  • Executive Producer, NBC Sports, 1989–93
  • Executive Producer, Olympic Games, Barcelona NBC, 1992
  • Executive Producer, Special Events, ABC News, 1994–96
  • Executive, New Orleans Saints, 1997–99
  • Creator/CEO, RealTeam.com, 2000–2002
  • Creator/Executive Producer, Thin Ice for ABC Entertainment, 2008–10
  • CEO, O’Neil Productions/O’Neil Entertainment, 1981–present
  • Founder, Practice Like Pros, 2013
Education: B.A., English, University of Notre Dame ’71
M.S.J., Pulitzer School of Journalism, Columbia University ’74
Author: Fighting Back, Stein & Day Publishers, 1975
The Game Behind the Game, Harper & Row, 1989
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Thank you for considering a donation to Practice Like Pros. For all of us who love the game, player safety is suddenly the foremost issue. And there is no level of the game that demands more urgent attention than high school football, played by 1.1 million American boys. Practice Like Pros is an opportunity to make a difference, to engage in a movement bigger than our individual selves.


Practice Like Pros, Inc., is incorporated in Connecticut and registered with the IRS as a
501(c)(3) charity. As such, your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Mailing address:

Practice Like Pros
P.O. Box 1066
Weston, Connecticut 06883