The league is requiring its coaches to complete the online course prior to the 2010 season. Louisiana Youth Football serves approximately 2,500 youth football players living in Zachary, Baker, Baton Rouge, Port Allen, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Prairieville, St. Gabriel and New Orleans.
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, will have trained more than 50,000 youth football coaches (players aged 6-14) in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., by the start of this football season. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the New Orleans Saints, the NFL, each of the league’s other 31 teams and the NFL Players Association.
To advance through USA Football’s online coaching course, which takes approximately two hours to complete, a coach must receive a cumulative score of at least 80 percent on its 15 chapter quizzes. Along with player health and concussion awareness material, the computer-animated course with audio narration covers coaching philosophy, practice planning and communicating with young players and parents.
USA Football coaching membership for the league’s coaches provides coaching insurance, a video drills library with more than 150 drills, an online practice planner, USA Football’s “Click ’n Create” online playbook and more.
Upon completing USA Football’s CCEP, each coach receives a USA Football coaching certificate and has his or her name added to usafootball.com’s national coaches registry.
“Coaching education gives our student-athletes an advantage,” Louisiana Youth Football Director Leroy Hollins II said. “Of course, the education is for the coaches, but our student-athletes reap the benefits of well trained coaches. An educated coach can train a fundamentally sound student-athlete while creating a safe and fun environment. Creating this safe and fun environment then gives our parents the security sought when allowing their children to participate. This creates a full circle for our program: educated coaches, well trained student-athletes and satisfied parents equates to a successful program. So for our success as a program, it starts with educating our coaches and USA Football.”
“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,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “Louisiana Youth Football is doing that in an exciting way under Leroy’s leadership through our coaching membership and online coaching course. Prepared and dedicated coaches result in youngsters having more fun playing a game they love – that is precisely what is happening for in communities served by Louisiana Youth Football.”
About USA Football
USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, hosts more than 80 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 is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.