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Whether you’re a veteran coach or coaching for the first time, you’re in a position to instruct and influence the young athletes on your team. USA Football’s Youth Coach Certification ensures you have the right knowledge and teaching methods to develop your athletes appropriately.
“The biggest thing for me, the impact of USA Football on the youth level, is allowing parents to say, 'You know what? My children are being taught by someone who knows what they are doing.' The coach has been certified. He knows how to teach the game, so the kids can play the game the right way - a safer way.”
Coaching the whole athlete is a pillar of the model. USA Football’s Youth Coach Certification embraces an age and game-type approach to learning football skills, athletic movements and abilities like thinking, feeling and behaving.
Learn how to coach your age group the right way. This part of the certification shows you how to keep age in mind as you instruct your athletes when it comes to physical development, tactical, strategies non-contact skills and abilities like thinking, feeling and behaving.
Keeping kids playing and keeping kids healthy is important in any sport, not just football. The updated Health and Safety elements of the certification will ensure coaches receive targeted instruction on concussion awareness, injury prevention, hydration and procedures for cardiac events.
Protecting the well-being of our athletes is the most important thing we can do as coaches. This year’s certification will help you identify the signs of abuse and learn process and procedures for reporting it. In addition, understanding how to coach is critical. As such, the Coach 101 course has been fully updated.