USA Football’s Coaching Education Program (CEP) is designed to train coaches who are responsible for the on-field development of youngsters, ages 5-14, playing organized youth flag and tackle football.
The CEP provides youth football commissioners with a resource that can help them annually certify and set a standard for volunteer youth flag and tackle coaches. USA Football is committed to providing youth coaches, from beginner to advanced, with a program that challenges their abilities to teach the most progressive skills and techniques by age group. The diagram below breaks down the current USA Football coach progression pathway.offers coaches and commissioners two levels of education that include:
USA Football’s Level 1 Flag and Tackle Coaching Education Program courses serve as the entry point for all coaches to begin their coaching development. These courses include an annual recertification quiz to provide youth football organizations with an easy-to-use solution, ensuring their volunteer coaches are trained and ready to teach their players every season.
All Level 1 courses have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education.
This accreditation makes USA Football’s Coaching Education Program the ONLY football-specific coaching program to receive accreditation from the NCACE, the standard in coaching education. More than ever, coaches can trust that a USA Football coaching education is the best way to ensure your players have a great youth football experience.
WHO IS THE NCACE?
The NCACE is “The Coaching Standard” for content presented within any formal coaching education program. It promotes and facilitates coaching competence within all levels of amateur sport by overseeing and evaluating the quality of coaching education programs. The NCACE is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE GAME
This accreditation confirms that football now has its guideline for coaching education. Commissioners and coaches can turn to our Level 1 online courses knowing that it has been given a full review and proved to be the nation’s most comprehensive coaching education course.
THE PROCESS OF ACCREDITATION
The Process of Accreditation For six months, the NCACE reviewed our Level 1 Coach Certification for tackle and flag. This exhaustive review ensures that our courses meet each of the following NCACE Domain Requirements:
Level 2 of USA Football’s Coaching Education Program is designed for coaches who want to improve their ability to coach and provide the best development experience for their players. This continuing education track offers coaches five age-appropriate courses starting from U-6 flag to U-14 tackle. Course content is presented using streaming video that teaches coaches a set of age-appropriate on-field skills that can be used as a foundation for players to master before they advance to the next age division.
Developed in partnership with experts across medicine and sport, USA Football’s High School Certification Course educates coaches of health and safety protocols for the well-being of their student-athletes. This course is a requirement for high schools participating in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program
Coaches who complete one of USA Football’s certification courses or attend a Coaching School are recognized for their commitment to improve their coaching skills in the Coaches Registry.
If interested in learning more about the Coaching Education Program, please call USA Football at 1-877-5-FOOTBALL (1-877-536-6822) or contact your Regional Manager.