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L.I.Y.F. Player Academy
Mission Statement

 

The Long Island Youth Football Player Academy is a four day fundamental based camp that puts the emphasis of teaching “player safety” as its NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!  It is no secret that there has been a large amount media attention putting a spotlight on the “dangers” of playing football. The game that is loved by many is under extreme pressure to help provide answers in promoting and implementing strategies and techniques that increase player safety.  There has always been an inherent “risk” of possible injury while participating in the game of football. However, current research continues to support that with learning and practicing the proper “techniques” coupled with building an “awareness” that emphasizes a “safety first” mind-set  those risks can be reduced significantly. The Long Island Youth Football Player Academy has a professional staff comprised of Varsity level coaches from throughout Nassau County that believe in our mission of a “player safety” first curriculum.  These coaches are all New York State certified teachers and coaches, who have a wealth of experience in coaching the game of football.  Each staff member took a further step in their professional development by completing another certification offered through USA Football’s “Heads-Up” program.   In addition to teaching youth players how to play the game in “safest way”, the academy will teach all the basic fundamental skills that make for a better football player. 

Player Academy- Ages 5-10

The camp will also include segments of “position-specific” time periods devoted to further development in the areas of offense, defense, and special teams for each of our campers. 

 For young athletes in Nassau County, a great opportunity to do just that will soon take place in their own backyard. L.I.Y.F Youth Football Player Academy Camp will be at a Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, New York – youth players aged 5-10 will have the opportunity to receive top instruction on the football fundamentals of offense, defense, and special teams.

 Player Academy encompasses four days of instruction. Academy players are split into five age brackets – 5-6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 – allowing for age-appropriate pace and sophistication. The camps’ controlled and limited contact also incorporates game-like situations. In addition to great instruction, campers will have the opportunity to win awards and compete in our youth combine and other camp competitions throughout the week. We are excited to build “safer” and “better” football players through this one of a kind camp.   

The Next Level

(Middle School)- Ages 11-14

A specifically designed football experience geared for the middle school aged player!” CAMP EMPHASIS (NON-CONTACT)

•    Position-Specific Instruction (Offense-Defense, Special Teams)

•    Offensive and Defensive Strategies
•    Teaching current safety techniques and fundamentals for tackling and            blocking
•    1 on 1competitive
drills (OL/DL) (WR/DB)
•    7 on 7 passing concepts and defensive coverages
•    Speed, agility, and flexibility development
•    Special Teams Instruction (
Placekicking, punting, holding, snapping,                  receiving kicks)

                                                                                            

              Quarterbacks                                    Defensive Backs/Linebackers

                   Footwork                                                            Footwork

     Proper throwing mechanics                                          Ball Skills

    How to read basic coverages                          Defeating block Techniques  

          Playbook Introduction                                Proper Tackling Techniques

                 Play Calling                                                     Pre-snap reads

      QB Leadership Traits                                    Man and Zone Techniques

        Running Backs/Receivers                     Offensive/Defensive Lineman   

                Ball Security                                             Proper stance techniques                         Footwork                                                              Footwork

                 Blocking                                                            Run-Blocking

             Pass Catching                                                     Pass Protection

             Route Running                                            Zone blocking techniques

            Receiver Releases                                           Pass Rush Techniques 

              Pre-snap reads                                             Gap Control Concepts           Tackling Fundamentals                                      Tackling Fundamentals​

Camp Directors

Coach
Mike Spina

Coach Mike Spina was a all state quarterback at Nanuet High School . He was recruited and went to Southern Connecticut then finished his college career   at C.W. Post.  Coach Mike started coaching at Locust Valley 1985, where he won 4 championship in a row. Currently Coach Mike is the Head coach at Floral Park since 1995. Under is direction he lead Floral Park to 2 finals  and 7 semifinals. Coach Mike Won 2 sportsmanship awards and New York Jets Tri State Coach of Week last year. Other great accomplishments were coaching  alll star game last summer, USA Football Player Academy, USA Football Coaches Clinics, Heads Up Camp, teaching clinics and was originator and director of big daddy football camp. Coach Spina is married with 3 kids, and resides in Massapequa , Long Island.

Coach
Christos Spirou

Coach Christos Spirou has 10 years of experience in youth football. In 2004 Christos became an active organizer, volunteer, administrator, and coach for youth football in Oceanside, N.Y.. Coach Spirou actively contributes his time and expertise to youth combines and clinics and sits on the board of several non-profit organizations. Some of combines and clinics that Coach Spirou has been a part of U.S.A. Football Player Academy, NFL Play 60 Character Camp, Offense Defense Combine, Big Daddy Football Camp, and U.S.A. Player Protection Tour.  Coach Spirou understands that safety is the first priority when it comes to your child's participation and believes that sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, responsibility and self-discipline are among the traits needed by our youth athletes to face the future with positive aspirations and confidence.Coach Spirou is married with two children and resides in Oceanside, Long Island.

Coach
Jim Jackman

Coach Jim Jackman has a wealth of football knowledge and experience as a former player and coach.  In his current position, Coach Jackman serves as The Director of Athletics at Floral Park High School in Nassau County, Long Island.  Coach Jackman was born and raised in Elmont, L.I. and graduated from Sewanhaka High School, where he was an All-Conference member of the 1987 Rutgers Cup Championship Football Team.   Coach Jackman continued to play football at the collegiate level at Scottsdale (AZ) and Westchester (NY) Community Colleges where he was selected as Honorable Mention All-American in his position of tight end, and was selected to participate in the Coastal Conference All-American Game.  Coach Jackman’s playing career was unfortunately cut short due to an injury, but he continued his academic career at Adelphi University and graduated with a teaching degree in physical education and health. As a football coach over a span of fifteen years, Coach Jackman has made coaching stops at Valley Stream North, W.T. Clarke, Lynbrook, Locust Valley, and H. Frank Carey High Schools as a Varsity level coach. In his current position of Director of Athletics, Coach Jackman continues to inspire and work closely with the student/athletes of Floral Park High School in ensuring that each player has the best opportunity to succeed in their academic and athletic goals. Coach Jackman is very excited and is looking forward to bringing his expertise of working with aspiring youth level football players in teaching the fundamentals of the game.  In addition to covering all the necessary skills of football, Coach Jackman will incorporate a strong emphasis on teaching the proper techniques that will ensure player safety in his newest endeavor of Co-Directing The Long Island Youth Football Player Academy.  Coach Jackman is married with 3 kids, and resides in Massapequa , Long Island.

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