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Long before the organization of National Football as it is known today, local groups throughout the country formed football teams and played teams from neighboring communities. The pride and rivalries developed have carried through to this day in Semi-Pro Football, and with today's ease of travel and communication, has enlarged its landscape to touch almost every segment of North America.
Binghamton, NEW YORK - The American Football Association has reached agreement with Smyrna Media Group to develop an annual Hall of Fame Induction Yearbook. The American Football Association's Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame has been recognizing individuals whose leadership, performance, and unselfish contributions have forever endeared their fans, family, and former teammates for over 30 years.
Aside from the AFA National Association's concerns for bringing recognition to today's market of semi-pro type teams and leagues - its desire to keep alive the memories of those who were associated with this level of the sport for the past 100 years has come to the forefront in the formation of the AFA's Alumni Clubs. The American Football Association has begun issuing "Charters" to team, regional and state alumni organization who qualify for official Alumni Club status. (click) Elmhurst Travelers AFA Alumni Club
AFA Initiates Eye Black Partnership
PFRA Coffin Corner: Vol. 31, No. 6 (2009) - Semi-Pro or Pro? by Bob Carroll. A great article examining the difference between a semi-pro player and a pro player.
Outsiders II: Minor League and Independent Football 1951-1985 - by Bob Gill, Steve Brainerd and Tod Maher. Following the pattern set with Outsiders I (which covered 1923-1950), this volume covers the independent minor leagues of professional football from 1951 through 1985.
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When was the last time you planned out a car crash? Or practiced the safest way to run full speed into a brick wall? Never? Pity. You're not much of a problem solver..........
CONCUSSIONS: HOW MANY BRAIN INJURIES ARE ENOUGH CAUSE TO STOP PLAYING?
The American Academy of Neurology suggests players not even be allowed to return to play until they've been assessed by a licensed health care professional-- trained on concussions. Moreover, the American Academy of Neurology suggests a more gradual return-to-play.
10 SPORTS CONCUSSIONS FACTS THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN
With Eye on Concussions, NFL Adopts New Rule on Helmet Hits
NFL Concussion Litigation Faces An Early Courtroom Test
Using Your HeadMayo Clinic finding a way to diagnose concussions with more certainty
Mouthguard Detects Head Impact In Athletes
Despite the medical advancements and spike in concussion awareness during the past few years, the ability to quickly and accurately detect head impact in athletes is severely lacking.
David Burch, Chris Stepp and Kevin Van Valkenburg join "Outside the Lines" to discuss the dangers of average Joes gathering to play what they call "semi-pro" football.
AFA now offers AFLAC to members!
AFA members now have discounted rates for AFLAC benefits available to them. Aflac pays you cash if you are hurt or sick and compliments any other benefits you already have! This Accident Plan: Pays you cash for services you or a family member may have due to any injury. On or off the job. Pays cash dollar amounts for different treatments. This plan is perfect for players needing accident coverage; leagues signing up can take advantage of our special opportunities for billing.
AFA SmartPhone App
The AFA Smartphone App is now available for download at Google
Sports Concussion? Use Mobile Phone App Phone Diagnosis
Use the our collection of apps to ask a series of questions and the app will decide the chances that a player has actually suffered a concussion. The questions used come directly from the Centers for Disease Control. This app has a list of symptoms that will help in the decision to remove a player from a game or seek medical attention. In fact, it has a "Return to Play" feature helping you decide when to allow the player to return to practice and game status. Also comes with a feature to email a doctor, if further medical advice is needed. Just click Smartphone App to download....
AFA logo Smartphone Cases also available :)
American Football Association Hall of Fame
We continue to get phone calls and requests from folks confused about membership in the AFA's Hall of Fame. It appears that after 33 years, a few folks are still a bit confused regarding hall of fame membership. As a result, we have edited and published a more readable copy of our inductees from day one at American Football Association Hall of Fame Listing.
Note: The 2013 AFA Hall of Fame Inductions are scheduled to be held June 27th - 28th (same date annually) and at the same location as last year, the Pro Football HoF. Official ballots have gone out to all 2013 Active AFA Alumni. Nominations will only being accepted on the official ballot and in this timeframe.
Sponsorships are now being solicited at Hall of Fame Banquet Sponsorships.
American Football Association Hall of Fame Jackets -
Now Available !!!.
... we are pleased to announce that AFA Hall of Fame jackets are now available for purchase
directly from Chicago Knitting Mills.....and yes, they do have the plus sizes 2X -- 5X! Just send an email to email@example.com
to obtain an order form.
Wilson NFL Footballs... New Wilson Footballs are now in stock. The price is $65/ball or $390 per case for new balls plus $20 shipping and handling for a total of $410 per case of six...to download form, click Wilson NFL Footballs.
AFA Broadcast Channel Goes Live
The AFA's live broadcast channel capability for video webcasts is now available for PCs, iPads and, Smartphones. Featured video includes weekly vintage and live video webcasts of events such as the Pottstown Firebirds Super Bowl Special, Kalamazoo Tornadoes AFA Championship, Past AFA Hall of Fame Inductions, AFA Member Game Broadcasts and special announcements. These weekly broadcast will accessible directly from our website and in additional to performances by some of our hall of famers, will also feature AFA sponsors. These broadcasts can also be accessed at......
Steve Weed Productions.
AFA Membership Programs
2013 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member?
AFA Membership is open to anyone and everyone that, at one time or
another, had been (or still is) involved with a semi-pro team and/or league. Semi-Pro Football Alumni Club is co-sponsored by the AFA National Association and the Members of the AFA Hall of Fame Alumni. To join Just click AFA Alumni Membership App.
Lifetime AFA Memberships Now Offered for AFA Hall of Fame Members! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.
American Football Association Benefits, Inc
The America Football Association recently established major partnerships with insurance companies to make comprehensive coverage products available for all AFA Alumni. AFA Alumni and where applicable their spouses and dependents, can now apply for insurance at competitive group rates.
It's now easy to join the AFA and apply for affordable insurance coverage with a special discount for being an AFA Alumni. For more info, please call 877-624-4485 or email AFABenefitsInc@americanfootballassn.com.
About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 33rd year of operation and is dedicated to the advancement of adult (semi-pro) football from coast-to-coast. Our slogan is Semi Pro & Proud®. We are not affiliated with any other national semi-pro/minor league organization (Minor League Football News, American Football News Today, American Football Hall of Fame, Minor Pro Hall of Fame, etc). The AFA, Hall of Fame, American Football News™ and AFA logo design are registered trademarks of the American Football Association. All other AFA-related trademarks are trademarks of the American Football Association.