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Coaching Requirements

West Seattle Junior Football & Cheer has great coaches, but we could always use more. We welcome anyone who has the desire and commitment to make a positive impact on the youth in our community. If you’re interested in coaching, review the five requirements below and contact us.

Coaching Requirements

  1. Commit to the Wildcats program and philosophy.
  2. Pass the background check.
  3. Read and sign this Coach's Code of Conduct.
  4. Register and attend NJFL Certification Training and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Training.
  5. Complete the online USA Football Tackle Coach Certification course.

More info about each requirement is below.

Committing to the Program

Our programs require coaches to run the same offense and defense at every level. We have a strict coach conduct policy; there's absolutely no profanity on the field. All coaches need USA Football certification and need to adhere to USA Football practice guidelines. Our coaches do this because they want to, not because they have to.

Background Checks

The background check is conducted by NJFL. Protect Youth Sports is the company conducting the checks. Starting the background check is the first step of the process.

Click on the link below to start your background check.

Coach's Code of Conduct

Each coach signs the Code of Conduct. Our coaches hold each other accountable, and this is point of pride for our franchise.

NJFL and PCA Certification

Coaches are required to have certification in three areas:

  1. NJFL: Coaches attend a certification meeting where they learn league rules and expectations.
  2. PCA: The certification ensures coaches know and understand the aspects of positive coaching.

NJFL/PCA Certification Dates and Locations (TBD)


USA Football Online Training 

This online training ensures coaches are teaching latest and safest football techniques.

Returning coaches:

  1. Log in to your existing account (at and confirm you are with the same club (West Seattle Wildcats - NJFL) by answering "Yes."
  2. Purchase and complete the Youth Tackle Recertification (if certified last season).

New coaches:

  1. Click on the link below and set up an account. ​Link: (TBD)
  2. Purchase and complete the Youth Tackle Certification. New coaches can download a help guide.

If you have any problems, contact USA Football:

  • Online:
  • Email:
  • Phone: 877-5-FOOTBALL (877-536-6822)
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West Seattle Jr Football and Cheer

3614 A California Ave SW, #147

Seattle, WA 98116