Les Hernandez, president of Southeast Idaho Youth Football League, coaches a player. Hernandez has shifted his season this year to a series of no-contact skill camps due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The safety of the approximately 1,400 regional children who participate in the Southeast Idaho Youth Football League has always been the top priority for the league’s president, Les Hernandez.

About two years ago, his league was among the first youth football programs to eliminate kickoff returns for seventh- and eight-graders to make the game safer. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the league finds itself making even more drastic changes in the interest of safety, Hernandez said.

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