Organizations have until August 31 of the current year to satisfy the requirements outlined in the levels. Benefit packages will be available after May 1, 2020 and available through August 31 of the following year.
Leagues will unlock their benefit package when their subsidiary organizations independently satisfy the identified standards and requirements.
As you explore the League Excellence Program to understand what is asked of your organization, you'll want to review the full verification requirements document. It includes details on criteria for all levels, including:
Examples and more information for certain requirements can be found below.
Background checks are a critical part to running a quality league. Through our preferred background check screening partners, you'll receive best-in-class screenings that also satisfies the Gold Level requirement in the League Excellence Program.
Both of our preferred background check partners, PeopleTrail and the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), are able to deliver a compliant check at a very attractive price point (as low as $10 per coach per year for a 2-year check).
Review the requirements to make sure you're meeting the standards for the minimum criteria and search components.
Levels of Contact allows coaches to plan effective practices through a step-by-step approach to teaching the fundamentals — so players can build skills and gain confidence in limited full contact environments.
The Football Development Model teaches the game through a progression of skills and game types. Implementing the multiple game types and a full progression illustrates your dedication to providing options to athletes and their families, while also focusing on development and reduction of contact.
In 2020, leagues that offer any two game types will be recognized as satisfying the game type offering requirement for the Silver Level.
USA Football is committed to advancing player safety to protect the health and well-being of every child. The purpose of practice guidelines is to provide youth football organizations with recommendations for consistent methods designed to limit the chance for injury during structured practice sessions.
Beyond practice guidelines, using USA Football's practice plans illustrates your organization's further commitment to the proper instruction and development of athletes. Coaches can access these plans after purchasing certification, with the option of using USA Football’s new Coach Planner app, coming to iOS and Android devices soon.
Assessments are used by coaches to better understand an athlete's physical aptitude, choose appropriate drills, and track how a player is progressing. When young players are taught the right skills at the right time it makes the game fun and fulfilling, which means they are also more like to stay with football over the years.
These assessments are also available to coaches as part of the Player Progression Guide.
USA Football’s Player Progression Guide and Contact Manual provide step-by-step approaches to technical skills like Passing, including drill glossaries.
Coaches will also learn how to teach the new Prep for Contact curriculum, designed to help you get your athletes ready for player-to-ground or player-to-player contact.