Being a coach in the Vancouver Mainland Football League can be one of the most rewarding experiences one can have. As a coach you are the most important person in the football organization as you are front and center for the youth that are there to learn what has become a fantastic sport.
As you go through the season you will see the progression each player makes both on and off the field. At season’s end you can reflect back to where you started and see not only the gains each player has made but the whole team as one unit.
More importantly you can see the changes that each player has gone through whether it be showing more confidence, achieving goals, winning awards or many other things. All of which are attributed to you and the other staff by giving back to your community in volunteering your valuable time to teach these players football and life skills.
Before you begin your path there are some simple steps that you must first take. Safety is a top priority in the VMFL and as such there are courses to take and forms to fill out. Some of these are required by Football Canada while others are required by Football BC or the VMFL itself.
It may seem daunting at first but in actuality it won’t take you long. Listed below is a simple step by step list to guide you on your way to a rewarding career as a community football coach.
Steps To Complete To Coach In The VMFL:
- Check in with your local Community Football Association and sign up as a coach or coach in training. In many cases the association will pay for your required courses where costs are involved. As well they will help guide you as to what the next steps are.
- Get your training in the required National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Course for appropriate age group that you wish to coach. You must take the course before or during your first coaching year in order to be on the sideline or on the practice field. For more course information see the Football BC website. The courses required are:
- Community Sport Initiation (Flag, Atom or Peewee) consists of an online coarse and a 4 hour in-class session.
- Introduction to Competition (Junior Bantam, Bantam, Midget) consists of a two day in-class session.
- Once you have an NCCP number from your course you will be required to take a short online course called Making Ethical Decisions.
- Next you must take the Making Head Way In Football course through coach.ca
- The last course you may or may not have to take is the VMFL Coaching Clinic. These are held before the beginning of each season and required for all coaches new to coaching in the VMFL. On occasion the VMFL will also require Head Coaches also attend a specific Head Coach clinic. See your association president for more information. Dates and times will be listed on the right when they become available.
- The VMFL will require that each and every coach, manager and trainer on the team read and sign the VMFL Coaches Code of Conduct form. This must be signed and turned into the league office before the first regular season game.
- The VMFL will require all coaches, managers and trainers contact information including name, phone, email and NCCP level of training. This should be submitted to your association for sending into the VMFL league office.
- Last but not least as a coach you should learn and understand the two rule books that you will be playing by. The first is the national amateur rulebook called the Canadian Amateur Rule Book For Tackle Football or CARBFTF. The other is the VMFL Handbook which rules over lay the CARBFTF.
Only after you have completed all the above steps are you allowed to be on the game field come regular season. If you have any questions please contact your Association President or the VMFL Coaching Coordinator.