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Click here for the official UA FLAG COACHES BINDER Document!  

Click here for a WEEK ONE sample practice guide.  Great for new coaches.

1) Coaches Certification (required within 1st year):

At Under the Lights, we require our coaches to be certified in two NCCP certifications: (1) Coaching Initiation in Sport & (2) Making Headway Certification.

Coaching Initiation in Sport Certification:

The NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport module introduces new or experienced coaches to the foundational skills of coaching, such as long-term athlete development, ethics, coaching motivation, and athlete safety and wellness. It also teaches the key coaching concepts and educational tools that are the foundation of the NCCP. NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport is a valuable resource for:

● Parents who are new to coaching new coaches

● Experienced coaches new to the NCCP Athletes transitioning to coaching

● Experienced NCCP coaches who need professional development, or a refresh on the fundamental principles of the NCCP

● Sport administrators who work with the NCCP and coach development

Making Head Way Certification:

NCCP Making Head Way module is designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes. This football module will cover what to do to prevent concussions, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, what to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion and how to ensure athletes return to play safely.

Registration and cost/rebates:

For only $15, this informational resource will take approximately one hour to complete. To complete these certifications, visit and create an account.  The cost for this certification will be rebated upon proof of completion to the Oakville commissioner.


Every coach or volunteer directly working with the players must present a recent Police background check.  The type of report is called a "Vulnerable Sector"  check.  Assuming you're a Halton resident, below is the link to the online portal to request the Vulnerable Sector Check.  If you live outside of Halton, consult your local police services to request a check.  Cost in Halton is $30 and will be rebated upon proof of delivery to the Oakville commissioner.


Some great coaching and training info found online:

Youth Flag Football Tutorial for First Time Coaches | Teach NEW Players Flag Football Fundamentals

A sample Flag Football playbook in Powerpoint format.  For inspiration!