SAFE CONTACT TRAINING
Safe Contact Week
Since 2017, teams and clubs have been required to begin their respective seasons with three hours of helmet-only Safe Contact training. An integral part of Football Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), Safe Contact teaches safe tackling techniques that emphasizes a blocking technique that emphasizes the use of hands and making contact with the chest and front shoulder and not the head.
Safe Contact Week is to begin at the start of all team’s training camps to practice Safe Contact fundamentals.
What Safe Contact Week means for teams:
Teams must complete at least three hours of helmet ONLY training, practicing Safe Contact techniques like blocking and tackling
Safe Contact Week is to begin at the start of teams’ respective training camps
All players, regardless of position are expected to participate
The suggested format is three one-hour practices
Safe Contact is a workshop which teaches the football fundamentals of tackling and blocking techniques in a safe and fun manner. It also enables coaches to teach essential football fundamentals progression to their players which they can integrate into their practices and games. In addition to technique, the program educates and enhances coaches’ awareness of player safety while integrating players and parents into the education process.
Safe Contact Training for Coaches
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All member coaches must be Safe Contact trained in the latest safe blocking and tackling techniques. This requirement applies to any coach of an amateur team or club that falls under Football Canada’s umbrella. Any new coach has a year from the time he or she first steps on the field as a coach to complete the safe contact training.
Become Safe Contact trained
A coach can become Safe Contact trained by following three easy steps:
Attend a Safe Contact clinic, which typically spans eight hours taught over one or two days, usually on a weekend.