Player Safety is our #1 Priority

Eastside Crusaders Junior Football and the Northwest Junior Football League make player safety our top priority. Our commitment to USA Football and the Heads Up program requires concussion awareness education for coaches, parents and players - and requires training and certification for all coaches covering safety, equipment fitting, proper techniques and more. Research, rule changes, better equipment, increased awareness, improved medical care, and changes in teaching fundamental techniques are making the sport of youth football safer.

Concussion Awareness Prevention Program (EC-CAPP)

Eastside Crusaders Junior Football has created the E.C. Concussion Awareness Prevention Program (EC-CAPP), which is a program-wide committment on the part of Eastside Crusaders Junior Football coaches, players, and parents to reduce the number and severity of concussions incurred by our participants. For more information, please refer to the document "EC-CAPP Overview".  You can find more information by going to the  EC-CAPP page. 

Is Youth Football Safe? 

What is your definition of "safe?" If it's "safe"="no risk," then youth football is not "safe" and neither is baseball, basketball, riding a bicycle or riding in a car. News about concussions and lawsuits by current and former NFL players has fueled debate about the safety of football from youth to the pros. On the positive side, it is driving increased research, better equipment, rule changes, better coaching and awareness - resulting in a safer game. On the negative side, emotional and tragic stories are leading to reactions based on emotion - not on facts.
Sports and physical activity carry the risk of injury, including concussions. Safety should always be taken very seriously. Most parents are surprised to learn that the risk of injury, including head injury is comparable or even higher in many of the other sports and activities their children participate in. Keeping a child out of youth football to avoid the risk of a head injury, but allowing the child to play baseball, basketball, soccer, ride a bicycle or other activities, doesn't eliminate the risk. Know the facts, know the risks.
Sammamish Based
Alumni From All Seattle Areas
While we may be a Sammamish based youth football & cheer program, our alumni have come from all over the Seattle area.
Federal Way

Mercer Island
North Bend

Comparing Risks in Youth Football to the NFL

The risk of injury, including concussions, increases with each level of play. There is very little, if any, correlation or comparison between the risks faced by youth football players and the risks faced by professional football players. NFL players are adult athletes in the top 0.06%, performing at the peek of their strength, speed and size at the absolute pinnacle of their sport.