Western New York writer Linda Dynel, author of the memoir “Leaving Dorian” and the novel “Sunrise and the Seven One Six” (available at barnes and noble.com, goodreads, amazon.com and locally at Crafts and Creations, Inc. and Ticklebridge in Lockport, New York), who has also published an article in the Buffalo News regarding Concussion Awareness, has posted a blog regarding youth football.

This insightful blog details the efforts of the NFL and USA Football to educate parents, players and coaches in the new initiatives regarding “HeadsUp” Football.

Please find her published blog below:


NEYSA Parent Symposium & Player Clinic on the NFL Evolution page and in the Lockport Star

NEYSA’s 1st Annual Parent Symposium and Player Clinic was featured on the NFL Evolution page on July 3, 2014 and in the July 17 issue of The Lockport Star, a Community Papers of Western New York, LLC publication, Nick Sabato writes about the NEYSA 1st Annual Parent Symposium and Player Clinic.

To see the article from the NFL Evolution page, please click here

To see the article in The Lockport Star, please click on the link here


At the monthly NEYSA Meeting, held on July 10 at the Tonawanda Football Clinic, the NEYSA Board approved the franchise application of the North Tonawanda Athletic Association (NTAA) to join our League.

NEYSA’s Board of Directors, Commissioners, Representatives and each member organization welcomes the NTAA parents, players and coaches to our League!!!

Mark Kelso to Headline Youth Football Clinic

Mark Kelso, former Buffalo Bill defensive back, current Bill’s color commentator and USA Football Ambassador, USA Football Master Trainer Ken Stoldt (Section VI Football Chairman) and the Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association (NEYSA), a non-profit youth group, formed by seven local youth sports organizations will be conducting a “Parent Symposium/Player Clinic” for area youth football players from the ages of 6 – 14 years old and their parents and/or guardians, on July 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

This free event is open to any and all parents/guardians and their children, in Western New York, who are interested in learning about the new initiatives being implemented around the country in compliance with the USA Football protocols.

This free event will be held at the Starpoint High School Football field at 4363 Mapleton Road in Lockport, New York and will include participation of some of the NEYSA member organizations (Grand Island Jr. Vikings, Tonawanda Football Clinic, Niagara Falls Jr. Vipers, Niagara Wheatfield Amateur Athletic, Pendleton Athletic Booster Association, Lewiston-Porter Youth Football and Wilson Jr. Lakemen).

The event will introduce the efforts of the NFL, USA Football and NEYSA to implement the USA Football “HeadsUp” protocols to every youth football organization and to educate Parents, Players and Coaches in those protocols, which include: proper equipment (helmet and shoulder pads) fitting; concussion awareness; proper “HeadsUp” tackling techniques and heat preparedness and hydration.

Parents will be informed about these objectives while the players will participate in drills, designed by USA Football, to teach them the “HeadsUp” tackling techniques as well as skill position drills ran by USA Football Player Safety Coaches (PSC) and “HeadsUp” certified coaches representing each member organization of NEYSA.

For more information, please contact Ray Turpin at (716) 838-6850 or http://www.niagaraerieyouthsports.wordpress.com.

USA Football Player Safety Clinic

The Buffalo Bills and USA Football held a “Player Safety Clinic” at ECC South Campus on June 14, 2014, to educate local area youth football coaches in teaching their coaching staffs, parents and players the “HeadsUp” football protocols including: proper tackling techniques; concussion recognition and awareness and monitoring for heat related illnesses.

In attendance representing the Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association (NEYSA) and their member organizations – Grand Island, Tonawanda Football Clinic (TFC), Niagara Falls Junior, Niagara Wheatfield, Lewiston Porter, Wilson and Pendleton Athletic Booster Association (PABA), were Player Safety Coaches that were nominated by their member organizations. The full day course was presented by USA Football master trainers and Mark Kelso, former Buffalo Bill and USA Football Ambassador.

For the story, please use the link below:


PSC Clinic

Front Row: Ted Barrientus – Lewiston Porter; Ron Cirrito – Niagara Falls Jr.; Mark Kelso – USA Football Ambassador; Bill Ploetz – Niagara Wheatfield; John Lloyd – Niagara Wheatfield; Jim Cashatt – Niagara Wheatfield; Chris Gallivan – TFC; Mike Braddell – TFC.

Second Row: Jeff Davis – PABA; Todd Glynn – PABA; Tom Wrate – PABA; Bill Casale – Niagara Falls Jr.; Mark Ziegler – Niagara Wheatfield.

Top Row: Jack Hodge – PABA; Peter Fox – Wilson; David Archer – Grand Island; Shawn Licht – TFC; Ray Turpin – PABA