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Resources for all Great Plains Youth Football League Coaches to Ensure a Positive Experience for Everyone Involved!
Background Screening for coaches is conducted through each member program in conjunction with an established Background Screening Organization. Each coach must clear the following league established criteria: No sexual offenses. No felony charges (includes a crime that was chargeable as a felony, but was pled to a misdemeanor). No violence-related crimes. No record of abuse (adult or child). No restraining orders. If any coach is red-lined, the program must report the coaches name to the league immediately and ensure they do not coach in any league sponsored game or event. If a coach is red-lined, best practice is to disqualify that person from coaching or helping in any capacity involving your program. The safety of everyone involved is the single most important piece in all that we do!
Certification with USA Football makes it less daunting for coaches to prepare for the season. Through the training, a coach will have everything they need to make a positive impact on their team. Certification Topics Include: Health & Safety Head; Heart, Heat & Emergency Action Planning; Abuse Prevention; Enhanced Foundations of Transformational Coaching; Enhanced Foundations of Quality Coaching; Principles of Contact Featuring Shoulder Tackling; Blocking & Defeating Blocks; Equipment Fitting. The cost for the USA Football Coaching Certification is $15 per coach. Great Plains Youth Football does not cover the cost of certification. Please refer to your designated Program Director for more information on reimbursement. START YOUR COACHING CERTIFICATION TODAY!
Both Nebraska and Iowa Law require that all public, private and parochial schools, as well as all organized youth sports sponsored by villages, cities, businesses, or non-profit organizations for children ages 19 and under, make available approved concussion training. The course highlights the impact of sports-related concussion on athletes, teaches how to recognize a suspected concussion, and provides protocols to manage a suspected concussion with steps to help players return to play safely after a concussion. Each coach must test online and certificates must be provided to the coaches designated Program Director for record keeping. Testing can be completed through the NFHS Concussion in Sports Course.
Passed by Congress into Federal Law, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, is aimed at protecting amateur athletes from sexual abuse. This law creates a standard of care, expectation and responsibility for youth serving organizations. The purpose of the law is to expand mandated reporting laws to all youth sports organizations that participate in interstate sporting events. This law includes camps, community youth organizations, and sport facilities. Each coach must test online and certificates must be provided to the coaches designated Program Director for record keeping. Testing can be completed through the NFHS Protecting Students from Abuse Course.
"Football is an honest game. It's true to life. It's a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life."
~ NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
"If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you."
~ Legendary Alabama Coach
Paul Bear Bryant