Capital Beltway Youth Football League Employs USA Football Coaching Education Program and Member BenefitsBy Steve Alic Wed, 04/29/2009 - 5:33am
Helping foster great football experiences for its youngsters, the Capital Beltway Youth Football League has enrolled approximately 200 coaches into USA Football's Certified Coaching Education Program (CCEP). The league serves Montgomery, Prince George's, Howard, and Charles counties as well as the District of Columbia and encompasses approximately 5,000 youngsters. USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, has trained more than 16,000 youth football coaches nationwide in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., since March 2007.
All Capital Beltway League head coaches will complete the first level of USA Football's CCEP or attend a USA Football Coaching School. To advance through the online course at usafootball.com, which takes roughly two hours each to complete, a coach must receive a cumulative score of at least 80 percent on the 11 course quizzes.
USA Football's CCEP encompasses coaching philosophy, practice planning, communicating with young players and parents though computer animation and audio narration. Upon course completion, coaches receive a USA Football coaching certificate and have their name added to usafootball.com's national coaches' registry.
In addition, each of the league's head coaches have become USA Football coaching members, providing them innovative resources including coaching insurance, a 3-D online computer-animated drills library with more than 100 drills, an online practice planner, USA Football's "Click 'n Create" online playbook, and more.
"We want to provide the best possible experience for the kids," said JAMES WHITE, a Montgomery County resident and the Chairman of the Board of the Capital Beltway League. "The better educated our coaches are, the better they can educate the kids. The better educated the kids are, the safer and more effective they will be on the field."
"The best way to shape America's favorite sport at the youth level is to provide coaches with resources to become quality instructors and mentors," said USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK. "Under James' leadership, the Capital Beltway Youth Football League is doing that in an exciting way through our online coaching education course and coaching membership benefits. Prepared and dedicated coaches result in youngsters having more fun playing a game they love - that is precisely what is happening for youth football in these Maryland and Washington, D.C., communities."
About USA Football
USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, hosts more than 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. USA Football was started by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund and is chaired by former U.S. Congressman and professional quarterback Jack Kemp.