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Become an OWFL Coach

Each year, the OWFL and our member clubs are dependent on a dedicated group of coaches to deliver supportive, safe, and competitive environments for our athletes of all ages to grow and develop. Interested in becoming a coach? This page will outline information on the formal certification process for new and returning OWFL coaches. Please reach out to your local club for specific declaration and application dates!

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COACHING CERTIFICATION

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

First year OWFL coaches must have completed the NOCP Community Development course at all competitive divisions - U11, U13

U15, U19 & Senior.

Second year coaches must have completed the NOCP Community Development course to coach U11 & U13.

Second year coaches must have completed the NOCP Competitive Introduction course to coach for U15, U19 & Senior.

Workbooks associated with the NOCP Competitive Introduction course MUST be completed and submitted, and you must have completed all of the online components, including "Making Ethical Decisions" and "Making Headway (Concussion Protocol)" in order to be on the bench in 2022.

Information on how to register for an OWFL-approved Coaching Certification Course will be posted on this page when it is available, including dates, locations and cost. 

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS

 

ALL coaches and personnel in the OWFL who may come into contact with any participant under the age of 18 must have a current police check on file with their home club.

Senior teams cannot call up players under the age of 18 unless the staff has police checks on file. There are no exceptions to this policy, so please be diligent in getting these completed well prior to the start of the OWFL season! 

Check with your home association webpage for additional links to Criminal Record Check policies and/or declaration forms.

Click here to complete a Criminal Record Check using the OLA's sponsored Sterling Backcheck.

OFFENSE DECLARATIONS

​If coaches, trainers and volunteers have submitted a Criminal Record Check and have been a volunteer in successive seasons, they require an Offense Declaration to be submitted yearly. Click here for the OLA Offense Declaration Form.

TRAINER CERTIFICATION

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

One  of the following certifications listed in the document below is required in order to serve as a team trainer. All certifications must be valid and up to date: 

 

  • OLA Trainer Certifications 2020.

  • ​A professional designation which includes a current letter of employment (acceptable examples: MD; RN; Police Officer, Firefighter, First Responder, Paramedic)

  • ​Please note that CPR as a stand alone certification is NOT an equivalency.

When registering online as a trainer, a copy of the valid certification must be uploaded in order for your registration to be completed and approved.

If you registered as a trainer last year and your certification is still valid, there is no need to upload a copy of your certification as it is kept on the system. However, you are still required to register each year as a trainer. 

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS

As a reminder, all coaches and bench staff including trainers in the OWFL who may come into contact with any participant under the age of 18 must have a current Criminal Record Check on file with their home club.

Senior teams cannot call up players under the age of 18 unless the staff has police checks on file. There are no exceptions to this policy, so please be diligent in getting these completed well prior to the start of the OWFL season! 

Check with your home association webpage for additional links to Criminal Record Check policies and/or declaration forms.

 

Click here to complete a Criminal Record Check using the OLA's sponsored Sterling Backcheck.

OFFENSE DECLARATIONS

​If trainers, coaches or volunteers have submitted a Criminal Record Check and have been a volunteer in successive seasons, they require an Offense Declaration to be submitted yearly. Click here for the OLA Offense Declaration Form.

Skills & Drills

Are you an OWFL coach looking for new drills and inspiration for your team practices? Stay tuned as we will be looking to add a list of resources to help improve your ability to develop your athletes on and off the field. 

Making Headway (Concussion Awareness)

Player safety is of paramount importance to us.  Brain injuries can have devastating consequences which is why every coach and trainer needs to have a basic understanding of concussions.  New this year, the Making Head Ways module is mandatory for all bench staff.


ALL coaches and trainers require Making Head Ways. Module is available here:

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