New coaches must register with USA Football to become certified to coach youth tackle football. After creating an account, scroll down the home page and select Youth Tackle Certification. Certification is $25.
Returning coaches must ensure their certification is up-to-date by taking the re-certification with USA Football. Use your current log in to access your account. Re-certification is $10.
All coaches must take a concussion training. A free, online course is offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their Heads Up Coaches: Concussion and Youth Sports website. As the site states, by taking this course, "you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive - both on and off the playing field."
Every coach must submit to a background check in order to coach youth football. The process is $21. You will need this code to log in: 76404066. Click the "Start Your Background Screening Now" tab at the bottom left of the National Center for Safety Initiatives screen to begin. Successful background checks are good for two years.
Returning coaches: If you are not sure of your background check status, please contact the Football Commissioner.