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Coaching Resource Center

Coaches Must Complete Concussion Training and Criminal Background Checks

If you are interested in coaching with any of our leagues you must complete the following, all links to do so are listed below:

  1. Complete the 2023 Coaches Registration
  2. Complete the criminal background check.
  3. Complete concussion training.  Acceptable certificates must be dated 2022 or 2023.
  4. Upload your completed concussion training certificate to the 2023 Concussion Proof of Certification.

**  Note: 8U is run under our Little League organization and 8U coaches must follow these steps including the background check.

HOWEVER - every other softball league (10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U) will perform background checks under the direction of Tri-County Softball.  Please do not run your background check with us.

JDP Criminal Background Check

This is required for all Little League and 8U coaches. JDP is a third party national criminal background check service and is recomended by Little League International. All personal info is secured by JDP and detailed information is available during the application process. ** Note: Coaches for 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U coaches will NOT perform this background check. Tri-county will direct you to their background check link.

Concussion Training

This link brings you to the state of Minnesota required concussion training. Please complete this training, save your certificate of completion and upload it into the Completed registration listed below.

For the concussion Training:

  • If you do not have a completed concussion certificate from the NFHS Learning Center, then go there now and complete the training.  You should be emailed your certificate immediately AND you should be able to go to a dashboard area and download it on demand.
  • Once on the webpage from the link above, if you have never had training here, you must click "Register" in the upper right of the page and create an account for yourself.
  • Then use the "Search for Courses" box, search for Concussion and find the free "Concussion in Sports".  Click on the course.
  • Select Minnesota for the state and go through the checkout process.  
  • Complete the course for coaches and get a copy of your completion certificate which should be emailed to you.

The course should take about 40 minutes and there is a short quiz at the end.  It is good for two years.  Keep the certificate for future proof of completion or you will need to retake the course.

Please save a copy of your completed training certificate and submit it to the "2023 Concussion Proof of Certification".

After completing your concussion training you should save your certificate of completion and then complete this registration to submit proof of completing the training.

A Note About Concussion Training

Attn Coaches:

The requirement to be certified for concussion training is a MINNESOTA STATE LAW.  We require this because we must, and agree that it is a good idea to have coaches understand concussions.

Please note that after completing the concussion training, a pdf certificate will be presented to you.  You must make this certificate available to us by uploading it into the proof of concussion registration seen below on this page..  

We recommend you first print this certificate at the completion of the training, then save it so you can upload it in the registration.  NHFS has historically also emailed you a copy of your proof of completion.

Mandatory Concussion Training for Coaches

Concussion Certification Required for ALL Coaches & Officials 

The Minnesota Legislature passed a "Concussion Law" which requires any municipality, business, school district or nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity and charges a fee to follow the statute's requirements, including implementing concussion training and education to improve player safety and establish safe return-to-play policies for athletes who sustain a concussion.

The law mandates that:

  • All coaches (head and assistants) and officials receive concussion training and education.
  • Coaches must remove an athlete from activity if they exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion and/or are suspected of sustaining a concussion.
  • The law also requires a doctor's signature to return to play if an athlete is removed due to a concussion or is showing signs or symptoms of a concussion.

The Concussion Education we recommend for coaches and officials is the online video training session developed by National Federation of High Schools with the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  This course requires registration but is free. The training process involves watching a video and then successfully completing a quiz. The entire training module can be completed in a little over a half an hour and then participants will be emailed a certificate of completion and can be accessed on demand online.