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American Youth Football coach certification course updated for 2017 season; required training for new and returning AYF coaches

With the May 2017 publication of the sixth edition of Coaching Youth Football, written by AYF president Joe Galat, the online course Coaching Youth Football The AYF Way has also been updated to align with the new book.


For the 2017 season, the new Coaching Youth Football The AYF Way online course is required for all first-time and returning AYF football coaches. Certified and recertified coaches will be covered under AYF’s $2 million liability insurance policy. AYF tournament team coaches will need to provide documentation of successful course completion with their tournament entry forms. The course will be available mid-May.


The new online course includes the just-released Coaching Youth Football, Sixth Edition book (accessible as an e-book from within the course) and features reading assignments from the book, interactive activities, video clips, unit quizzes, and a comprehensive test. Also included in the course is a handy Coaches’ Clipboard feature that houses accessible forms, checklists, drill sheets, and sample season and practice plans that coaches can download, print, and share. Course takers have access to the course and its online resources for an entire year. The 30-item online test is scored automatically. Coaches who pass the test can print a certificate of course completion directly from the website to document their achievement.


The online course is offered through AYF’s exclusive coaching education provider Human Kinetics Coach Education through the AYF Coaching Education Center website at www.AYFCoaching.com. The price is $24.95, which includes insurance coverage. The course is available at discounted rates when buying 25 or more courses. Administrators interested in purchasing courses in bulk should contact Human Kinetics’ Mark Allemand at MarkA@hkusa.com or 800-747-5698, ext. 2212.


Joe Galat is president and founder of AYF. A former college and professional football coach, Joe coached in the National Football League (New York Giants and Houston Oilers) and the Canadian Football League (Montreal Alouettes and British Columbia Lions), and at Miami University, Yale University, University of Kentucky, and Youngstown State University.


For cheer coaches, first-time AYC coaches are required to take the Coaching Youth Cheerleading The AYC Way, Second Edition online course to earn initial certification. The price is $24.95, which includes the $2 million in liability insurance coverage.


Returning cheer coaches should take the soon to be released AYC Recertification Course: Safety and Health 5E, priced at $15.95, to extend insurance coverage. Cheer coaches must complete the Coaching Youth Cheerleading The AYC Way course before taking the recertification course.