Player Safety

Updated Tuesday July 9, 2019 by Heather Hanrahan.

The Antioch Vikings put Safety as their Top Priority.
Stay informed and play smart for proper prevention and care.


We want to have a great game and it's fun to win, but not at the expense of the kids safety. We care about the kids. That is why keeping them safe is such a high priority for the Antioch Viking League. Our commitment to our athletes, parents, coaches, and community is to properly train and inform everyone involved and continue to implement ways to protect the kids.

We equip our players with the safest and latest equipment, provide training and run background checks for all of our coaches. We mandate that all coaches for cheerleading and football be certified according to the latest safety recommendations through The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL), USA Football, the youth football development partner of the NFL, and Illinois Recreational Cheerleading Association (IRCA).


Antioch Viking Football, Along with TCYFL, Support USA Football's Health & Safety Initiatives


Heads Up Football is USA Football's national initiative to help make the sport of football better and safer. It is a comprehensive collection of resources, programs, applications & promotions to create change and address the complex challenges of player health & safety in youth football.

Take some time and review this resource on concussion awareness. The website offers valuable information on preventing injuries, including video tutorials of the safe way to tackle, signs & symptoms, proper equipment fitting and more. USA Football - Concussion Awareness

TCYFL reinforces player safety standards by incorprating USA Football initiatives, as well as, some of their own. One way of doing that is by having their TCYFL teams participate in Baseline Concussion Testing with Centegra. The guidelines for participation are as follows :


Any player 12 years and older on Sept 1, 2019 must get ImPACT tested prior to any physical contact.
Complimentary ImPACT testing from Illinois Bone & Joint Institute can be done at the following locations. When contacting to make your appointment, please let them know it is for a TCYFL team.
Grayslake: IBJI 1274 E. Belvidere suite 150, (847)735-0828
Gurnee: IBJI 350 S. Greenleaf St., suite 403, (847)596-7640
Libertyville: 724 Florsheim Dr., (847)918-9077.
Also available at AMITA & Northwestern Centegra. Call ahead and check availability and locations, a small fee may apply to AMITA & Centegra.



During a TCYFL game, there is absolutely no leading with the crown of the helmet. The first offense is penalized with a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty; the 2nd is automatic game disqualification.

TCYFL Incident Report Document

TCYFL Concussion-Related Documents

Additional Concussion-Related Resources

  • TCYFL has arranged to have an Accelerated Rehab Center Certified Trainer Personnel at all sanctioned TCYFL games. For a complete list of services Accelerated provides to TCYFL game participants, visit their Parents page.
  • Our Antioch Viking football coaches are required to complete the TCYFL Advanced Concussion Training and the USA Football and Flag Certification, which provides important information on coaching theory, football fundamentals and safety, including concussion prevention and awareness.
  • Besides providing our coaches with the best training and players the best equipment we have every helmet re-conditioned and re-certified.
Additional Resources


  • Background Checks thru KidSafePlus are done on every football and cheerleading coach.
  • TCYFL has implemented the guidelines to deal with extreme heat at all youth football games and practices. It is designed to provide participants with a standard for safe play in situations of extreme heat. TCYFL Heat & Hydration Guidelines


Concussions and injuries can also be a concern with cheerleading accidents too. It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms, and ways to prevent it.



  • The AACCA also has many helpful resources on their website about cheer safety, including videos of the stunts.