National Conference: Why I Attend – Part II

By USA Football | Posted 11/5/2018

USA Football’s National Conference is the event for you. Now in its eighth year, the opportunities to come together, network and learn with your peers are unlimited.

This is the ultimate football conference — but don’t just take our word for it. Check out what fellow coaches and administrators had to say about attending the Conference in the multi-part series, "National Conference: Why I Attend."

National Conference: Why I Attend – Part II

Administrator of the Hill City Youth Football and Cheerleading Association, Carla Garrett is a previous attendee of USA Football’s National Conference. Though she has only been to one National Conference so far, the event left a big impression.

Here are the highlights from Carla’s National Conference experience:   

  1. The opportunity to hear from knowledgeable speakers about the sport
  2. The information provided is applicable for everyone from coaches to administrators
  3. A better understanding of how successful organizations should be run
  4. Access to various youth football resources — equipment, website vendors, uniform vendors, etc.
  5. Breakout sessions that allow administrators and coaches alike to select topics based on their varied interests

Carla notes the importance of National Conference goes far beyond just the session information, saying, “As we strive to grow and sustain football, in whatever capacity, communication is essential. This is a hub for football enthusiasts, administrators, coaches and those who have a sincere love for the sport and the kids involved. This is about playing a better, safer game than 10 years ago.”

Administrator Garrett’s Pro-Tips for Future Attendees:

  • Attend for the fellowship first and foremost because it is wonderful to be around people who share your passion. The information gathered from being around just the people is outstanding. Additionally, to attend the various applicable sessions gives a better understanding of the sport, the challenges involved with the sport and the changes and decisions made to sustain and improve the sport.
  • This is not a vacation, but a resource to gather information and perfect our trade. Be prepared to attend various sessions and discuss the topics and issues surrounding football today.


Address some of your biggest programmatic challenges and celebrate your biggest wins at the 2019 USA Football National Conference!

This one-of-a-kind event is more than just a coaches' clinic. In addition to schemes, drills and techniques, you'll amp up your team's performance by discovering topics on leadership, health and safety, and participation.