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Batavia's Dennis Piron Talks Student-Athlete Safety

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Dennis Piron, a teacher and coach at Batavia High School, who is also an inaugural member of the Illinois Advisory Council on Player Safety recently talked about a variety of topics related to the Play Smart. Play Hard. campaign for a story on the school website. Piron talks high school football, preparation at the youth level (both tackle and flag), as well as student-athlete preparation.

"The choice to play flag or tackle football is a decision that has to be made by the parents," said Piron in the story. "To me, the most important factors are that a football program is fun, safe, and well organized. The majority of our Batavia High School football players began tackle football in 7th grade."

For more, read the entire story by clicking here.