Millwoods Minor Football relies on volunteers for 100% of our operations, this includes our coaches and other on field staff. The majority of our coaches start out as parents, most of whom played the game at some point, or have an interest in being involved in their child’s experience. Others are former players from within our organization. That said, there is no requirement to have a child registered with the club to volunteer your time. Our coaches come from many backgrounds with a range of football experience. MWMFA believes in coaches education and training to provide an excellent experience for our players on the field.
Below are excerpts from our Coaches Handbook. We are always looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to help with our coaching programs. Positions with the organization are not limited to people with children registered with the club. Anyone interested should read the complete handbook, and contact the General Manager for more information on how they can participate.
In order to coach on the field you must :
- Register as a coach with the NCCP
- Complete the Making Headway in Football online module
- Register for and complete a Safe Contact workshop
- Complete a Police information check
In addition to these bare minimums, if you wish, you can continue to develop yourself as a coach through various workshops offered in the city in conjunction with the UofA Golden Bears, Edmonton Eskimos , Football Alberta and the NCCP.
MWMFA is dedicated to developing their coaching staff and will reimburse any charges incurred by taking clinics for those coaches who agree to commit to at least 2 season of play with the club.
Coaching can be a very rewarding activity and we hope you enjoy your season. That said, there are a few expectations that do come along with the role.
- You’re a Role Model – Act Accordingly
- Be prepared – If you are a positional coach, have your drills prepared in advance
- Respect People’s Time – If you can’t make practice, that’s fine – football doesn’t pay any of our bills, but please respect people’s time and let someone know if you will be unavailable for a practice or game so things can be planned accordingly.
Training & Resources
Coaches Training & Resources
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the recognized body that administrates coaching certification in the country. If you haven’t done so already, you should register for a NCCP number at https://thelocker.coach.ca/.
If you are just starting out, or have been coaching for 20 yrs, you should be sure to visit Football Canada and learn about how the coaching certification process has changed. There is a wealth of information available to new coaches.
Football Canada , is the governing body for football in this country. Together with the regional organizations, they have developed the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) guide. Although we are all volunteers, it is still our responsibility to be aware of, and follow the guidance of our governing bodies. Please familiarize yourself with the LTAD program. You can find more information about it on the Football Canada website by searching “LTAD”. Take note, and keep in mind that our athletes are in the “FUNdamentals”, “Learn To Train” & “Train to Train” phases of this program.
Concussions. We’ve all heard about them, we’ve all read about them, and we’ve all likely had one. Recent changes to the rules of the game have been made in attempts to take the head out of tackles. The game isn’t played, and therefore can’t be coached, in the same manner as it may have been when we once laced up. With that, Football Canada has developed a Safe Contact program that you MUST both understand, and also be trained in if you wish to participate as a coach in minor football.
A concussion is a serious event, but you can recover fully from such an injury if the brain is given enough time to rest and recuperate. Returning to normal activities, including sport participation, is a step-wise process that requires patience, attention, and caution.
The following return to play protocol is developed and maintained by Football Canada. Whenever in doubt, refer to a medical professional.
If for some reason, there is an issue between coaches on a team, the conflict should be addressed and escalated as follows:
- The issue should be addressed within the team by the head coach; if the issue can’t be resolved then,
- The head coach should speak with the General Manager (GM) – the GM acts as a mediator in an attempt to find a resolution; if the issue can’t be resolved then,
- The issue is take to the board, which will make a final decision on a course of action