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NFHS and USA Football Create Football Coaching Course

By Steve Alic Thu, 04/09/2009 - 5:11am

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, have partnered to create a football-specific coaching education course for coaches at all 15,181 high school tackle football programs.

The course, titled Fundamentals of Coaching Football, is an online, 3-D computer animated course with audio narration to support and train prep football coaches.  High school football is the most popular sport played by boys by more than a two-to-one margin.  More than 1.13 million boys played high school football in the United States, according to the 2007-08 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey.

Narrated by Fox-TV and NFL Network football analyst Charles Davis, the "Fundamentals of Coaching Football" online course employs state-of-the-art graphics, video, in-depth instruction for all positions and built-in auto-graded comprehension tests to set a standard for varsity, junior varsity and freshman coaches. The NFHS encourages state high school athletic associations to make the course part of their required football coach training curriculum.

"USA Football is proud to partner with the NFHS to co-produce this ground-breaking course for the betterment of the high school coaching community," said Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football executive director.  "The commitment made by the NFHS to afford coaches resources to strengthen their skills will grow football's popularity and make the game's future even brighter."

"Fundamentals of Coaching Football" provides a unique curriculum on essential football coaching techniques and methods for interscholastic teacher-coaches.  The course includes five unit tests and takes approximately two and a half hours to complete.  It also shares practical ways for programs to increase student-athlete participation. 

The recently launched course is accessible now at and is available for study 24 hours a day.  The course, delivered with a $50 registration cost, is designed so that coaches may save their progress and log back on at their convenience.  All testing and certification is issued online.

"Our partnership with USA Football helps to ensure that interscholastic coaches will be properly trained in coaching football fundamentals," said Robert F. Kanaby, NFHS executive director.  "It also sends an important message to the football community that USA Football and the NFHS are united in providing training to coaches in education-based athletics."

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and fine arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and Rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing Rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches nearly 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including almost 7.5 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; produces publications for high school coaches, officials and athletic directors; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, spirit coaches, speech and debate coaches and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at

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 leagues.  The independent non-profit also manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $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.  For more, visit