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Coaching Information & RULES

Coaches Application

Please complete the tackle football coaches application HERE

2023 Tackle Coaches Requirements


There are three requirements to be certified as a MGYFA coach for the season, receive your badge and be available on sidelines in the team area during games. 

LMAA Rules Meeting

Please attend one of the following rules meetings for the grade level you plan to coach.

  1. Verified attendance via check-in will be required to fulfill this requirement
  2. LMAA Rules meeting details can be found by clicking here [].

Meeting 2: 8/10 Wayzata Central Middle School

Meeting 3: 8/16 Maple Grove Senior High School

Back Ground Check Through Trusted Coaches

Please complete the following background check through Trusted Coaches.  LMAA requires a new background check at the start of the season regardless of previously passed background checks from other sports season. 

Go to

Log in or Register

Click ‘Claim a Role/Join a Season’ button

Enter information below:

State: Minnesota

Organization: Lake Minnetonka Athletic Association (LMAA)

Season Name: 2023 LMAA Tackle Football

Season Access Key: 2023LMAA

Role: Maple Grove Tackle Football Coach

For technical support, please email or call 763-746-1719 (Mon-Fri – 9am-5pm)

Youth Coach Certification

  1. USA Football Tackle Certification Level 1 or Level 2

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Coaches need to make sure they are using the same account to take their certification that they have used in previous years. If you have forgotten your email or password you need to contact USA Football Support  If you think you have multiple accounts or have to create a new account the system will assume that you are a NEW Coach requiring Level 1 certification.

Also see the attached PDFs for more detailed USA Football Instructions if needed.

  1. Log-in (or first time users create a profile) in USA Football:  USA Football | Account
  2. Once logged in, navigate to your “Dashboard”
  3. Click on “Organizations”
  • Verify “Your Organizations”, if you see your “Maple Grove Youth Football” Association listed move to step viii.  If not move the next step.
  • Scroll down to “Find New Organization”
  • Enter your “Maple Grove Youth Football” underneath “League Name” and click “Search Organizations”
  • Once, your association is listed, click “Associate”.
  • Go to USA Football Youth Tackle Certification (NOTE: Double check to make sure you are in the TACKLE CERTIFICATION)
  • Click on "Get Certified"
  • Click "Continue to Payment"
  1. Type in promo code:  VIKINGSTACKLE23
  2. Click "Update Price"
  3. Click "Sign Up For Course!"
  4. Start Certification

NOTES:  Level 1 Coaches (aka new coaches or coaches that have not completed USA Football Certification w/in the last year) will take approximately 2hrs to complete all required training modules.  Level 2 Coaches (Formerly Recertification) will have the ability to “test out” reducing your time required to approximately 45 minutes.  The USA Football Certification fulfills all state requirements for Concussion and Child Safety plus reinforces the skills and techniques adopted by the LMAA.


About the Coaches

All coaches are volunteers. Our goal is to have a minimum of 3 coaches per team (one head coach and two assistant coaches). We will need and appreciate your help!

No previous coaching experience is required, and the coaching opportunity is open to both moms and dads. The program provides each head coach with a coaches handbook, coaching clinics and other resources to assist them in their efforts. We request that each coach understand and accept that the program is for the kids.
While many of the coaches have children in the program and coach on their children's teams, we have several coaches that participate every year without having a child in the program. It is not a requirement for our coaches to have a child in the program in order to coach!

The LMAA required background checks will be conducted with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for every head and assistant coach. This process requires that you register electronically through Trusted Coaches. This is an additional registration requirement to the MGYFA registration process detailed below.

Coaching assignments are largely based on team formation. Being a head coach the previous year is not a guaranty you will continue as one going forward. We may contact new coaches for an interview in order to get to know them better.  Many factors go into the coach selection process:   coaching philosopy, player development, team enviroment and final sign off by Coach Lombardi.

Please be sure to check our calendar for important dates of meetings and clinics.