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Middle Tennessee's leading youth community football magazine.

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  • M A G Z N E

    Middle Tennessees Leading Youth Community Football Magazine for Parents, Youth and Sports Officials

    Blazin

    Post Season Bowl

    Games for Your

    Community Team

    Discover Top

    Community

    Teams In

    Our Region

    With FRABrentwood Blaze faces off

    against Franklin Road

    Academy for the first time.

    PHOTOS BY NATHAN CROWDER

    JACKSON HANNAH (BRENTWOOD BLAZE)TIM COVINGTON (FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY)

    Fall 2012

  • TABLE OF

    Founder

    Publisher

    Editorial Contributors

    LaJuan Stoxstill-Diggs

    Michael Thompson

    Advertising Sales

    LaJuan Stoxstill-Diggs

    Published by Michael David Media

    P.O. Box 2513 | Brentwood, TN 37024

    Tel. (615) 832-5388 | Fax (615) 832-1040

    www.facebook.com/gridironyouthmagazine

    Lajuan@michaeldavidmedia.com

    Byron Blandin

    Linette Daniels

    Mike Jones

    LaJuan Stoxstill-Diggs

    Gridiron

    Fall 2012

    4 Advice From Coach MikeRead about tips andideas to help run asuccessful program.

    5 League StandingsDiscover topcommunity teamsin our region as ofOctober 6, 2012.

    6 HighlightsStay up to date withvarious teamsaround the leagues.

    Feature

    4

    10 To the Coach

    13 Empowering Youth

    14 Events

    Exclusive info forcoaches.

    Find out ways to helpyour child learn timemanagement.

    Activities and otherevents around ourregion.

    BLAZIN WITH F.R.A.

    8

    BY LAJUAN STOXSTILL-DIGGS

    Brentwood Blaze faces offagainst Franklin Road

    Academy for the first time.Pictured here are players

    Jackson Hannah (BrentwoodBlaze) and Tim Covington(Franklin Road Academy).

    PAGE 6

    PAGE 14

    PAGE 4

    GRIDIRON

    GRIDIRON

    GRIDIRON

    is published four times per year (August, September, October, November) by Michael David Media. Post Office Box 2513,Brentwood,Tennessee 37024, (615) 832-5388. DISTRIBUTION: Free subscription to qualified recipients. See Website for additional distributioninformation. All rights are strictly reserved, and reproduction in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from thepublisher. is funded privately and is not affiliated with--nor does it necessarily reflect the opinions of--the local community footballleagues, sports associations, its advertisers, or any other entities. is printed in the USA. Web address:http://www.michaeldavidmedia.com. Copyright2012 Michael David Media.

    GRIDIRON YOUTH MAGAZINE Fall 2012 3

    Page

  • TABLE OF

    Founder

    Publisher

    Editorial Contributors

    LaJuan Stoxstill-Diggs

    Michael Thompson

    Advertising Sales

    LaJuan Stoxstill-Diggs

    Published by Michael David Media

    P.O. Box 2513 | Brentwood, TN 37024

    Tel. (615) 832-5388 | Fax (615) 832-1040

    www.facebook.com/gridironyouthmagazine

    Lajuan@michaeldavidmedia.com

    Byron Blandin

    Linette Daniels

    Mike Jones

    LaJuan Stoxstill-Diggs

    Gridiron

    Fall 2012

    4 Advice From Coach MikeRead about tips andideas to help run asuccessful program.

    5 League StandingsDiscover topcommunity teamsin our region as ofOctober 6, 2012.

    6 HighlightsStay up to date withvarious teamsaround the leagues.

    Feature

    4

    10 To the Coach

    13 Empowering Youth

    14 Events

    Exclusive info forcoaches.

    Find out ways to helpyour child learn timemanagement.

    Activities and otherevents around ourregion.

    BLAZIN WITH F.R.A.

    8

    BY LAJUAN STOXSTILL-DIGGS

    Brentwood Blaze faces offagainst Franklin Road

    Academy for the first time.Pictured here are players

    Jackson Hannah (BrentwoodBlaze) and Tim Covington(Franklin Road Academy).

    PAGE 6

    PAGE 14

    PAGE 4

    GRIDIRON

    GRIDIRON

    GRIDIRON

    is published four times per year (August, September, October, November) by Michael David Media. Post Office Box 2513,Brentwood,Tennessee 37024, (615) 832-5388. DISTRIBUTION: Free subscription to qualified recipients. See Website for additional distributioninformation. All rights are strictly reserved, and reproduction in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from thepublisher. is funded privately and is not affiliated with--nor does it necessarily reflect the opinions of--the local community footballleagues, sports associations, its advertisers, or any other entities. is printed in the USA. Web address:http://www.michaeldavidmedia.com. Copyright2012 Michael David Media.

    GRIDIRON YOUTH MAGAZINE Fall 2012 3

    Page

  • As of October 5, 2012 these are the top 3 lead-ers in Midstate AAA and BBB. For currentstandings visit: http://leaguelineup.com/msyfl

    AAAUNA Bears 6-0Neely's Bend Tigers 6-0Lavergne Wolverines 5-1

    BBBUNA Bears 6-0Hendersonville Knights 5-1Lavergne Wolverines 4-2

    As of October 5, 2012 these are the top 3 lead-ers in TNYFL AAA and BBB. For currentstandings visit: www.tnyfl.org

    AAABrentwood Blaze 4-1Blackman Blaze 4-0Franklin Cowboys 2-3

    BBBBlackman Blaze 4-1Franklin Cowboys 4-1Spring Hill Coyotes 2-2

    As of October 5, 2012 these are thetop 3 leaders in TYFA AAA andBBB. For current standings visit:www.tyfa.org.

    AAANational ConferenceBordeaux Eagles 5-0Old Hickory Bulldogs 5-0Donelson Hermitage Warriors 4-1

    Central ConferenceBellevue Steelers 5-0East Side Bobcats 4-2Waverly Belmont Bulldogs 4-1

    American ConferenceMiddle Tennessee Bulldogs 5-0Lebanon Blue Devils 5-1Grassland Golden Eagles 4-1

    BBBNational ConferenceSmyrna Bulldogs 5-1Mt. Juliet Bears 4-1Goodlettsville Trojans 3-2

    Central ConferenceShelbyville Eagles 6-0Waverly Belmont Bulldogs 4-1Bellevue Steelers 3-2

    American ConferenceLebanon Blue Devils 6-0Nolensville Panthers 4-1Cookeville Cavaliers 3-2

    As League directors, administrators, parents, andfootball coaches at all levels, we must adapt a con-tinuous improving model for the application ofSafe football practices and Proper football tech-niques within each and every one of our youthfootball leagues here in Middle Tennessee. Hereare a few suggestions for you to consider:

    Make a commitment to have your coachesvisit with High School, and college coachesto talk, demonstrate, and perhaps give you

    film of the hitting/tackling drills that they use. Maketheir practice habits your habits.

    As league directors, try to make all your teams schedulethere hitting/tackling drills at the same time daily sothat you can make evaluation rounds to ensure propertechniques are being taught.

    Parents, be aware of improper technique being prac-ticed by a coach. If the child is at risk of injury youmust intervene.

    Know your players ability and monitor who they com-pete against in practice and games.

    Bea leaguethathasauniversal languageforteach-ing tackling techniques. In the Lebanon Youthfootball League, we teach our kids to BITE THEFOOTBALL.Your facehas tobeup tobite.NORAMMING. Thepracticeof facedownhead toheadcontactwillbepunished.

    Be a League that has a continuing educationpolicy for football coaches. Have coachesclinics, and teach your coaches the properdrills for teaching football techniques. Studyvideo in these clinics, even YouTube hasgreat football drills available.

    Lets raise the standard for the application of Safe foot-ball practices and Proper football techniques in ouryouth football leagues here inn middle Tennessee. Ourkids deserve that from us.

    Advice LeagueFROM COACH MIKE STANDINGS

    Mike Jones spent 9 years in the NFL as a defensivelineman. He has played in two Super Bowls andretired with the Tennessee Titans. He is currentlyan assistant coach with Lebanon High school andthe Lebanon Blue Devils community league.

    4 GRIDIRON YOUTH MAGAZINE Fall 2012 www.facebook.com/gridironyouthmagazineGRIDIRON YOUTH MAGAZINE Fall 2012 5

    GYM

  • As of October 5, 2012 these are the top 3 lead-ers in Midstate AAA and BBB. For currentstandings visit: http://leaguelineup.com/msyfl

    AAAUNA Bears 6-0Neely's Bend Tigers 6-0Lavergne Wolverines 5-1

    BBBUNA Bears 6-0Hendersonville Knights 5-1Lavergne Wolverines 4-2

    As of October 5, 2012 these are the top 3 lead-ers in TNYFL AAA and BBB. For currentstandings visit: www.tnyfl.org

    AAABrentwood Blaze 4-1Blackman Blaze 4-0Franklin Cowboys 2-3

    BBBBlackman Blaze 4-1Franklin Cowboys 4-1Spring Hill Coyotes 2-2

    As of October 5, 2012 these are thetop 3 leaders in TYFA AAA andBBB. For current standings visit:www.tyfa.org.

    AAANational ConferenceBordeaux Eagles 5-0Old Hickory Bulldogs 5-0Donelson Hermitage Warriors 4-1

    Central ConferenceBellevue Steelers 5-0East Side Bobcats 4-2Waverly Belmont Bulldogs 4-1

    American ConferenceMiddle Tennessee Bulldogs 5-0Lebanon Blue Devils 5-1Grassland Golden Eagles 4-1

    BBBNational ConferenceSmyrna Bulldogs 5-1Mt. Juliet Bears 4-1Goodlettsville Trojans 3-2

    Central ConferenceShelbyville Eagles 6-0Waverly Belmont Bulldogs 4-1Bellevue Steelers 3-2

    American ConferenceLebanon Blue Devils 6-0Nolensville Panthers 4-1Cookeville Cavaliers 3-2

    As League directors, administrators, parents, andfootball coaches at all levels, we must adapt a con-tinuous improving model for the application ofSafe football practices and Proper football tech-niques within each and every one of our youthfootball leagues here in Middle Tennessee. Hereare a few suggestions for you to consider:

    Make a commitment to have your coachesvisit with High School, and college coachesto talk, demonstrate, and perhaps give you

    film of the hitting/tackling drills that they use. Maketheir practice habits your habits.

    As league directors, try to make all your teams schedulethere hitting/tack