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Football Coaches Certification and Registration

Thank you for volunteering to coach in the Dublin Football League.  In an effort to enhance your coaching experience and the techniques we teach our players, each coach is required to complete the USA football tackle coaches certification course along with a background check.  Both are required to be completed prior to coaching.  Certification is required for our insurance coverage.  

Here are the instructions (8 steps) to complete your coaches certification, the cost is $15.00 per coach.  The training takes between 3 - 5 hours to complete.  You will want to keep a copy of your certification once you have completed the training.

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Are you a future Dublin Football League Volunteer Coach?

The Dublin Football League is always looking for volunteer coaches who are dedicated to serving as positive role models to the youth of our community. DFL Coaches are responsible for demonstrating and teaching players good sportsmanship, teamwork, basic rules and fundamental skills of the game while providing a fun experience that encourages players to do their best.

The Dublin Football League believes in providing the best coaching possible for the players in our league. To facilitate this, the DFL is an affiliate of USA Football. USA Football provides additional training, coaching and league resources to the DFL. In addition to the USA Football resources, the DFL has added a VP of Coaching to our board to assist in the training, development and continueing education of our 90+ coaches.

All coach candidates will be required to sumbit to a background check through our USA Football partner, National Center for Safety Initiatives. The fully managed screening system is designed specifically for youth-serving organizations with optimal safety in mind. The USA Football subsidized program is tailored to meet a youth football organizations needs. Services include a fully managed and administered programs featuring, online applicant self registration and "Red Light/Green Light" determinations to easy-to-read background check reports for making your own decisions. Our Check-It-Twice™ searches are the foundation for every program and include searches through two independent, screened and selected national database providers.

All coaches selected this year are required to complete two online training programs and attend a mandatory coaches meeting with the league. Topics covered will include: concussion awareness and the new return to play law, player safety, league rules and procedures, and sample practice plans and play books.


Online Concussion Management Training

Per ORC 3707.52 as enacted by Ohio HB 143 of the 129th General Assembly, ODH is required to post free training programs that train coaches and referees in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries.

The following free online trainings have been approved by the Ohio Department of Health for coaches and referees:

National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports - What you Need to Know:
(This free on-line course is available through the NFHS. You will need to click the "order here" button and complete a brief registration form to take the course.) Follow these steps to complete the course:

  1. Click on the button that says, please login to order. In the window that appears, click Register Now.
  2. When your registration is complete you may "order" the free concussion course offered along the left hand side of the page. Continue following prompts. Although it may look like you'll be charged for the course, there is no cost.
  3. Once you've completed "checkout," you'll be able to take the free online course.
  4. When you've completed and passed the course, you have the option of printing a certificate of completion.



Coach Applications Now Being Accepted

Coaches Registration Instructions:

STEP 1First, you must let the DFL Board know you are interested in coaching. If you have not completed this step, you can email the board at [email protected] and/or attend our monthly coach's meeting scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of every month at Heartland Bank on Frantz Rd. in Dublin. If assigned, proceed to Step 2.
STEP 2Once approved to be a coach, you must register with the leagues registration system. Please use the following link to reach the registration page: Coach Registration.
STEP 5complete the level 1 tackle certification for Mini, Junior, and Senior league coaches or level 1 flag certification for Flag League coaches. Please download and follow the INSTRUCTIONS.This course costs $10.00. DFL will not refund the registration.



Coaches who are eligible candidates, through receiving a green light through the NCSI background check, and completing the NFHS and USA Football Certifications will be ranked by the board and selected to receive a team as teams are available. Coach rankings are determined based on experience and years coaching in the DFL, years coaching youth sports, football experience, coaches meeting attendance, volunteer service to the league. Team assignments will be announced in the July DFL coaches meeting.



Ohio's Return-to-Play Law

Ohio's Return to Play Law: What Coaches and Referees Need to Know

Ohio's Return to Play Law: What Parent/Guardians Need to Know

Per ORC 3707.52 as enacted by Ohio HB 143 of the 129th General Assembly, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is required to create a concussion and head injury information sheet for participants in interscholastic activities and youth sports.

Information Sheet:

Youth Sports Concussion Information Sheet (for Youth Sports Organizations) - Starting April 26th, 2013, Ohio law (ORC 3707.511) requires a youth sports organization to provide this sheet to the parent or other guardian of an individual who wishes to practice for or compete in an athletic activity organized by the organization.

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DFL Coaches guide


Please review the Coaches Guide to prepare for the upcoming season. Preparing for your parent meeting, building your practice plans, and and establishing what ofiense and defense your going to run will insure your team is ready on game day.


Todd Bartlett

VP Coaching / Safety Officer

Dublin Football League

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