Football & Cheer

Bound Brook Pop Warner 

A team’s or squad’s coaching staff is in complete charge of the team or squad whenever it is together on the practice or playing field, traveling as a group to and from practice sessions and games, or together for any team function. The coaching staff is under the direction of the Head Coach; other coaches are called Assistant Coaches. All Football Coaches & Team Moms Must Take The USA Level 1 Tackling or Flag Certification Online Course. Successful completion (80%) of Training is good for one year. In addition, all Board Members, Coaches, and Team Moms must be Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Certified and all Football Coaches and Team Moms must be Heads Up Tackling Certified which includes Training for Concussion Awareness. All Head Coaches must also be CPR Certified.
The following applies to all coaches:


S1: The Head Coach and the Football/Cheer Commissioner/Coordinator must be 21 years or older in order to supervise during all practices, games and functions. The Head Coach can only be rostered as the Head Coach on one roster.

S2: An Assistant Coach must be at least 18 years of age. A football team may have a maximum of five (5) assistant coaches, plus a maximum of one (1) Coach-Trainee, (1) Equipment Manager, (1) Trainer, (1) Team Parent. (Please note this applies only to Football. See Spirit section for squad coaching members)

S3: Teams/squads are permitted to carry a Coach-Trainee, who must be a minimum of 16 years of age and a maximum of 17 years of age.

S4: The Head Coach will determine the assignments of the Assistant Coaches.

S5: In the absence of a specialized, trained person affiliated with the team/squad in the medical area (physician, paramedic, specially trained volunteer, Certified Athletic Trainer), one of the coaches must be the holder of a current Red Cross Certificate in Community CPR and First Aid, or the P.R.E.P.A.R.E. Course by the National Center for Sport Safety (www.sportssafety.org) or their equivalent.

S6: Coaches are to be selected by methods approved by League rules and/or by-laws.

S7: Once approved for coaching, a coach is automatically terminated at the close of each season. To coach the following year, the same League approval is required. Any violation of the rules committed by a coach during the season, even though the hearing is not held until after the close of the season, is still under the jurisdiction of the sponsoring association and/or League.

S8: Coaches do not make team or League policy. Rather, they carry it out. However, on the playing and practice fields, the coaching staff is in complete charge and shall not be interfered with except in cases of rules violations and any other conduct deemed by higher authority to be contrary to the welfare of youth.

S9: The Head Football Coach has final responsibility for his/her actions, those of his/her assistant coaches, players, staff and parents.

S10: The Head Spirit Coach has final responsibility for his/her actions, those of his/her assistant coaches, spirit participants, staff and parents.

S11: Each League shall establish its own rules regarding the placing of coaches with sons, daughters or siblings within its own boundaries.


NATIONAL CHEER COACHING REQUIREMENTS


S3-SQUAD LEVEL, CHEER/DANCE, STAFF REQUIREMENTS

A squad’s coaching staff is in complete charge of the squad whenever it is together at practice or on the playing field, traveling as a group to and from practice sessions, games and competitions, or together for any squad function, such as a banquet. The coaching staff is under the direction of the Head Coach; other coaches are called Assistant Coaches. The following applies to all coaches:

A. The staff positions for a spirit squad are as follows:

1. The Head Coach of each spirit squad must be 21 years old by the start of the season, August 1.

a) The Head Spirit Coach has final responsibility for his/her actions, those of his/her assistant coaches, spirit participants, staff and parents.

b) The Head Coach will determine the assignments of the Assistant Coaches.

c) Every squad shall have at least one adult volunteer as head coach (21 years old or older). After the first 12 participants (including mascots) there must be an assistant volunteer coach (18 years old or older) for every 12 participants. The number of adult volunteers shall, therefore, determine the maximum squad size (one 21 year old or older head coach –maximum 12 participants; 13-24 participants must have one 21 year old or older head coach and one 18 year old or older assistant volunteer coach, etc.).

d) The Head Coach must participate in a valid Pop Warner endorsed, Spirit Coaches’ Education Training Program.

2. An Assistant Coach must be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate. A squad may have a maximum of four (4) assistant coaches.
a) It is highly recommended that all Assistant Coaches participate in a valid Pop Warner endorsed, Spirit Coaches’ Education Training Program or a professional cheerleading organization that is approved by the National Cheer and Dance Commissioner.

3. In the absence of a specialized, trained person affiliated with the squad in the medical area (physician, paramedic, specially trained volunteer) one of the coaches must be the holder of a current Red Cross Certificate in Community CPR and First Aid or its equivalent or the P.R.E.P.A.R.E. Course by the National Center for Sport Safety (www.sportssafety.org) or their equivalent.

4. Teams/squads are permitted to carry a maximum of 3 Coach-Trainees, who must be a minimum of 16 years of age and a maximum of 17 years of age.
a) All coach trainees must be certified in the same manner as all other minors participating in Pop Warner Football, Cheer and Dance i.e., parent permission, physical, proof of age, scholastic eligibility, photo ID. (Refer to guidelines as specified in Article 6-Registration.)
b) Coach-Trainees must also follow the guidelines for a student demonstrator listed below in A5.
c) It is highly recommended that all Coach Trainees participate in a valid Pop Warner endorsed, Spirit Coaches’ Education Training Program or a professional cheerleading organization that is approved by the National Cheer and Dance Commissioner.

5. Each squad is permitted to carry up to four Student Demonstrators. Please follow all guidelines listed below:
a) A Student Demonstrator must be at least 15 years old.
b) A Student Demonstrator for a cheer/dance squad must have had at least two seasons prior cheer/dance experience.
c) The Student Demonstrator must only work with squads that are younger than his/her current age. The oldest girl on the squad that the student is assisting must be at least two years younger.
d) A student can participate as a student demonstrator but may not be involved with any other cheerleading program with the exception of their high school cheerleading squad.
e) A rostered cheerleader may not also serve as a Student Demonstrator.
f) Student Demonstrators must be under the direct supervision of the Head Cheer/Dance Coach.
g) Student Demonstrators must be rostered as part of the coaching staff of the squad with which they are volunteering.
h) All student demonstrators under the age of 18 must be certified in the same manner as all other minors participating in Pop Warner Football, Cheer and Dance i.e., parent permission, physical, proof of age, scholastic eligibility, photo ID. (Refer to guidelines as specified in Article 6-Registration.)
i) The Student Demonstrator may be used to demonstrate moves, techniques and may teach words to cheers. He/she is not allowed to coach or conduct a practice.
j) It is highly recommended that all Student Demonstrators participate in a valid Pop Warner endorsed, Spirit Coaches’ Education Training Program or a professional cheerleading organization that is approved by the National Cheer and Dance Commissioner.

6. A squad is allotted a total of 4 student demonstrators/coach trainees combined (i.e., 1 coach trainee and 3 student demonstrators, 2 coach trainee and 2 student demonstrators, 4 student demonstrators and 0 coach trainee, etc.).
B. Coaches are to be selected by methods approved by League rules and/or by-laws.
C. Each League shall establish its own rules regarding the placing of coaches with sons, daughters or siblings within its own boundaries. Further note: All participants and/or mascots must be placed in an age appropriate division.
D. Coaches do not make squad or League policy. Rather, they carry it out. However, on the playing and practice, the coaching staff is in complete charge and shall not be interfered with except in cases of rules violations and any other conduct deemed by higher authority to be contrary to the welfare of youth.
E. Reference Coaches Code of Conduct – Beginning of PWLS Rulebook:
Coaches shall not receive any payment, in cash or in kind, for services as a coach in Pop Warner spirit. This includes any coach, expert, consultant or choreographer, regardless of his/her roster status.
F. Once approved for coaching, a coach is automatically terminated at the close of each season. To coach the following year, the same League approval is required. Any violation of the rules committed by a coach during the season, even though the hearing is not held until after the close of the season, is still under the jurisdiction of the sponsoring association and/or League.



MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECKS



S1: As a condition of service to a Pop Warner league, all Coaches, Board of Directors’ members and any other persons or volunteers who have repetitive access to or contact with players and/or spirit participants, must complete and submit an official “Pop Warner Volunteer Application” to their local Pop Warner Association or League. Annual background checks must be completed prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season, and should be submitted to the League President prior to the start of the current season. Refusal to submit a fully completed “Pop Warner Volunteer Application” ANNUALLY will result in the immediate dismissal of the individual or denial of participation for the applicant.

S2: Each League shall require and be responsible for enforcing all league and association personnel to annually submit to the League President a fully completed official “Pop Warner Volunteer Application,” prior to the applicant assuming his/her duties for the current season. The Volunteer Application must include signed permission from the applicant allowing the League or Association to perform the necessary background check. The official “Pop Warner Volunteer Application” shall only be modified in order to comply with local, state, provincial or national laws. Each League shall also require and be responsible for enforcing that an Officer of each member Association complete and submit an official Pop Warner “Association Confirmation of Compliance with Background Checks” affidavit. Each League is required to file an official Pop Warner “League Confirmation of Compliance with Background Checks” affidavit annually with the National Office. All volunteer applications, Association affidavits must be maintained by the League for a minimum of one year.

S3: No League shall permit any person to participate in any manner, whose background check reveals a conviction for,or guilty plea to, any crime involving or against a minor. In addition, other charges and convictions may be an indication of an unfit volunteer, and therefore a League may prohibit any individual from participating as a volunteer if the League deems the individual unfit to work with minors, as long as the League applies the same criteria uniformly for all individuals seeking to volunteer.

S4: Each League must require that all volunteers undergo a background check screening which at minimum includes a check of the records for the state in which the volunteer resides. If a League utilizes only a state sex offender registry check, that League must also perform a national database or a Federal background check search, such as those offered by Choice Point, the National Center for Safety Initiatives, or the FBI, unless prohibited by law. If a local organization becomes aware of information, by any means whatsoever, that an individual, including, but not limited to, volunteers, players and hired workers, has been convicted of or pled guilty to any crime involving or against a minor, the league must immediately contact the applicable government agency to confirm the accuracy of the information. Upon confirmation of a conviction for, or guilty plea to, a crime against or involving a minor, the league must prohibit the individual from participating in any manner.

Due to the fact that Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. has no direct operational control over the selection of volunteers, each League shall be required to indemnify and hold harmless Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. against all legal actions based upon allegations arising from a failure to enforce all or part of this regulation. Failure to comply with all or part of this regulation may result in the suspension or revocation of the league charter, the removal of league and/or association volunteers, ineligibility for participation in regional and national play, and as well as significant legal liability.