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Be Prepared, Be Better

Be ready for every play on and off the field. The new standard in football.

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USA Football, the National Football League and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working to make this your best season. Coach members get the tools, resources, and certified education to help make football better and safer.

Be Prepared, Be Better
Education Tools Resources
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Certified Coaching Education Courses

The most affordable and respected coach certification courses in football.

  • USA Football is the national leader in football coaching certification. Developed by both education and football industry leaders, our program is backed by the National Football League.
  • The ONLY football coaching course certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education.

Online Convenience

Get easy online access to courses.

Sign in to your account from anywhere to take a new certification course or pick up where you left off.

Online Convenience
The right age. The right stage.
Introduction FOUNDATION REFINEMENT

The right age.
The right stage.

Coaching education for age specific training.

age specific training

Our teaching model provides coaches with the right materials and techniques for different age groups. Make sure you're coaching properly to reduce the risk of injuries in your players.

Age Based Certifications

Coach your players based on their physical and mental capabilities.

  • Learn proper coaching techniques with optimum player safety in mind.

LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATIONS

Included in Coach Membership
  • Tackle Certification
  • Tackle Re-Certification Quiz
  • Flag Certification
  • Flag Re-Certification Quiz

LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATIONS

Aged Based Courses
  • U6 Certification

    U12 Certification

  • U8 Certification

    U14 Certification

  • U10 Certification

Age Based Coaches Certification is $10 per course and available to all active members who have completed a Level 1 Certification.

Features

  • General Liability (Up tp $1 million)
  • Participant Legal Liability
  • Products and Completed Operations Liability
  • Personal and Advertising Injury
  • Damage to Premises Rented to You

Protect Yourself and
Your Team

Affordable insurance for individual coaches for the peace of mind we all need.

Member coaches can be covered for up to $1 million in general liability insurance coverage for youth and amateur coaching activities. This insurance eligibility is automatically included in the Coach's Membership purchased individually, through USA Football for $25 after passing either the Tackle or Flag Certification Course.

More eligibility info on the USA Football insurance program »

Health & Safety Resources

A resource center loaded with the latest health and safety information.

Stay informed on health and safety with USA Football's resource center. Coaches can learn about concussions to hydration and more. All the information we provide helps keep players engaged in the game and healthy.

  • Concussion Awareness
  • Conditioning
  • How to Tackle
  • Heat Preparedness
  • USA Football App
  • Hydration
  • Equipment Fitting
  • Nutrition
  • Injury Prevention
  • NFLHealthandSafety.com
Health & Safety Resources
  • Drills Library
    3D and 2D drills.
  • Practice Planner
    Organize practices
  • Film Room
    Access videos
  • Online Playbook
    Build a playbook

The Best Football Tools

Tools designed to improve the game.

Coach members tools let you run better, safer practices, learn from award-winning coaches, watch videos, organize, communicate and a whole lot more.

Extra Tools

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For a safe environment.

Tools to Improve the Game

Be prepared for every play and make this your best season ever.

USA Football provides coach members with football tools that make a better, safer game both on and off the field.

Tools to Improve the Game
practice planner

Practice Planner

Manage your practice plans quickly and easily.

The Practice Planner enables coaches to manage their teams, practice days and activities. Practice plans can also be printed, accessed from an iPad or shared.

Film Room

Get coaching instruction from on-demand videos.

Learn from award-winning football coaches as they share football's best practices in more than 150 on-demand video clips. The Film Room offers hours of fundamental coaching instruction for offense, defense, speed and strength training.

film room
drills library

Drills Library

Run a better, safer practice.

The Drills Library has over 150 practice drills broken down by position and designed with 2D and 3D animations so they are easy to learn. Summaries are also provided to identify the required equipment, time allotment and number of players needed for each drill. Drills can be viewed online or printed.

myCOACH's PAGE

(Included in all coach memberships)

Your new team website, combining organizational, social and football tools in one place!

The myCOACH’S PAGE enables coaches to use all the USA Football tools in a way that meets their needs.

Pages can be customized by selecting specific apps to display. Coaches can also invite players, parents and other coaches to visit their page.

game library

Paid Apps - Game Film Tool

Football Apps/Tools Drills

Sharing/Social Tools

Organizing Apps/Tools

Ipad Apps

 
playbook library

Playbook Library

Pre-populated tackle and flag football playbooks.

Coach members receive complimentary access to playbooks loaded with offensive and defensive plays for youth football.

Roster Tool

Build and manage your team roster online.

USA Football's Roster Tool enables coaches to easily build and manage their team's roster. Add or manage players, parents, coaches and staff. The Roster Tool enables coaches to include information such as titles, birth dates, jersey number, position, contact info and more for everyone on the roster.

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depth chart tool

Depth Chart Tool

Manage and print depth charts easily.

The Depth Chart tool is designed to work with the Team Roster tool, where player names should be entered first in the Team Roster tool.

QB Wristband Tool

Give your team an edge by calling plays from the QB Wristband.

The QB Wristband tool lets coaches select 20, 40 or 60 plays to be printed on a 3-by-5 index card for players to wear with a specialized wristband. Plays can be color coded to differentiate running plays from passing plays. The QB Wristband tool is helpful for hurry up offenses or coaches that call plays from the line of scrimmag.

QB wristband
coach registry

Coach's Registry

Show your certified, committed and prepared.

Coaches that have successfully completed an online coaching certification or attended a USA Football Coaching School will appear on the Coaches Registry. It not only shows a coach is properly educated, but helps to recruit players and ease many parent's concerns.

Call Sheets

Stay organized on game day.

USA Football Call Sheets give coaches the option of choosing the sheet that works best for them and the team. Coaches simply fill in the plays so they can make the right call in any situation.

call sheets
game day print center

Game Day Print Center

Easy to use tools for Rosters, Depth Charts and Wristbands.

All three tools assist a coach in both organizing and printing their rosters, depth charts and QB wristbands.

We're Certified

USA Football's coaching courses are certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE).

This accreditation makes USA Football's Coaching Education Program the ONLY football-specific coaching program to receive accreditation from the NCACE. It not only promotes and facilitates coaching competence within all levels of amateur sport by overseeing and evaluating the quality of coaching education programs, but confirms that football has its guideline for coaching education.

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Certified Coaching Education Courses
  • Coaching Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Program Planning
  • Communication
  • Equipment Fitting
  • Injury Care
  • Concussion Awareness
  • Hydration and Heat
  • Position Responsibilities
  • Understanding the Game
  • Leadership
  • All Players Skills

Certified Coaching
Education Courses

USA Football has partnered with the best in football to deliver certified coaching education.

Whether you're a seasoned coach or new, our certified education courses provide proper, up-to-date information on tackle and flag football. Additional age-specific certifications can be purchased.

LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATIONS

Included in Coach Membership
  • Tackle Certification
  • Tackle Re-Certification Quiz
  • Flag Certification
  • Flag Re-Certification Quiz
Included in High School Coach Membership
  • High School Certification

LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATIONS

Aged Based Courses
  • U6 Certification

    U12 Certification

  • U8 Certification

    U14 Certification

  • U10 Certification

$10 per course and available to all active members who have completed a Level 1 Certification.

Course Methodology

The right age, the right stage. Progressive learning for progressive development.

Each age group requires a different approach to training and development. Coaches need to teach in ways players can safely and quickly become their best. Our coaching courses are designed to ensure players get appropriate training using a system that guides coaches with age based courses, 3D animated Drills Library and Film Room video techniques.

Course Methodology
  • Physical Skills
  • Mental, Emotional and
    Social Ability
  • Technical Skills
  • Game Development
  • Team Warm-ups
  • Training: Volume, Intensity
    and Type
  • Practice Planning
  • Competition
  • Ratio: Training to Game Hours
  • USA Football Coaching
    Certification
  • Parents Priorities

Concussion Awareness

Keep your players safer on and off the field.

Education is the first step to help players lessen the chance for concussion. Coaches and parents should know what to look for on and off the field and encourage everyone to learn the signs and symptoms of concussion.

Topics include:

  • What is a Concussion?
  • Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
  • What to do When a Concussion Occurs
Concussion Awareness
 
Heads Up Tackling

Heads Up Tackling℠

Keep players safer. Teach a better, safer tackle.

USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling℠ is a step-by-step protocol to teach the core principles of the skill and sets a new standard in player safety. The program utilizes five fundamentals through a series of drills to reinforce proper tackling mechanics and teach players how to properly tackle with a focus on reducing helmet contact.

 
 

USA Football App

Tap into player safety and make a positive difference in the sport of football.

Keep players safer with the USA Football app. Developed with support from the NFL, it’s loaded with resources to help make a better, safer game.

  • Health & Safety Content
  • Team or League Fundraising
  • Videos

  • News & Articles
  • Football Rules & Signals
USAF Football App
app store android
 
safety standards

Player Safety Standards

A checklist of recommended standards.

Player Safety Standards

USA Football in partnership with the National Football League and the Centers for Disease Control have created a standard for player safety. Coaches are encouraged to view and follow the list of recommended standards to keep players safer.

 

Equipment Fitting

Ensure a proper fit for optimal protection.

It is essential that every player has a properly fitted helmet and shoulder pads. League administrators, coaches and parents should be able to recognize when equipment fits properly and check the fit of equipment throughout the season. Improperly fitted equipment can place an athlete at greater risk for injury.

equipment fitting
 
injury prevention

Injury Prevention

Keep your players safer by preparing for injuries before they happen.

Preparation is the best way to handle the responsibility of keeping players safe on and off the field. Stay updated by reading articles on preventing injuries, treatment, and more.

 

Conditioning

Condition your team properly.

Learn about the latest techniques and conditioning practices for optimal performance with articles and videos.

conditioning
 
heat preparedness

Heat Preparedness and Hydration

Understand the dangers of heat how to keep your players safe on the field.

Prevention, understanding early warning signs, and knowing how to react are the best defenses against heat illness and other injuries.

 

Nutrition

Keep your players in good health.

A balanced diet is essential for high performance in all extra-curricular activities, especially athletics. Read articles on proper nutrition, hydration and other facts and share them with players and parents.

nutrition
 

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