Heads Up Football Certified



CMFL requires all coaches participating in on field activities to be USA Football Heads Up Certified. The Heads Up Football program is designed to enhance safety and effectiveness by focusing three areas: Tackling and Blocking, Health and Safety and Fundamentals of Coaching.


Starting as three pilot programs in 2012, Heads Up Football is now used by more than 7,000 youth and high school programs, setting the highest standards in the sport and giving the football community one voice when it comes to safety.


Coordinators know that safety comes first — both for the players on the field and their parents on the sidelines. The Cleveland Muny Football League Having a Heads Up Football program in place, with teams led by USA Football certified coaches, show that youth football is being taught the right way and parents should feel confident about the organization.



Heads Up Football is supported by leading educational, medical and football organizations.

Concussion Training

Concussion Training - State law requires training in recognizing concussions in sports. The Ohio Department of Health offers free online training for coaches. Click on any of the below links to begin training. Once you complete the training please forward certificate directly to your head coach.


Online Concussion Management Training


Per ORC 3707.52 as enacted by Ohio HB 143 of the 129th General Assembly, ODH is required to post free training programs that train coaches and referees in recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions and head injuries.


The two following free online trainings have been approved by ODH for coaches and referees:


1. National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports - What you Need to Know:



This free on-line course is available through the NFHS. You will need to click the “order here” button and complete a brief registration form to take the course. Follow these steps to complete the course:

Click on the button that says, "please login to order." In the window that appears, click "Register Now".

1. When your registration is complete you may "order" the free concussion course offered along the left hand side of the page. Continue following prompts. Although it may look like you'll be charged for the course, there is no cost.

2. Once you have completed "checkout," you'll be able to take the free online course.

3. When you have completed and passed the course, you have the option of printing a certificate of completion.



HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training

Changing the Culture of Concussion Starts With You!

You can improve the culture of concussion by taking this free online training and using what you learn to inform how you talk about, prevent, and respond to concussions. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive – both on and off the playing field.

You can print out a certificate once you complete the training and quiz, making it easy to show your league or school that you are ready for the season.


Learn Important Steps in Concussion Safety.


By the end of the training, you will be prepared to:

  • Explain what a concussion is and the potential consequences of this injury,
  • Identify at least three concussion signs and symptoms,
  • Describe the steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and
  • Create a plan for how to help keep athletes safe from concussion.

We can help athletes stay active and healthy by knowing the facts about concussion and when it is safe for athletes to return to play.


Launch the Training

The HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training is available to coaches, parents, sports officials, athletic trainers, and other individuals interested in learning about concussion safety.

Click one of the following links to access the best course for you:

Lindsay's Law

Lindsay’s Law: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Athletes


What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest? A Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.  Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal if not treated immediately, most often by a defibrillator. Who is Lindsay? Senate Bill 252 is named for national heart health advocate and former Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis who suffers from a heart condition and has since dedicated her career to raising awareness of this potentially fatal condition. "Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes," said Davis. "At any moment I could have died because coaches and teachers had no idea this was even a possibility for someone who looked as healthy as I did at that age."   Lindsay’s Law Lindsay’s Law, Ohio Revised Code 3313.5310, 3707.58 and 3707.59 went into effect in 2017. In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.


The following resources were developed to implement Lindsay’s Law:


For frequently asked questions and answers, click here.


For parents/guardians and youth athletes:

For coaches:

  • If you are a coach for an interscholastic sport and are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education, please visit their website for information about their training requirements around Lindsay’s Law.
  • If you are a coach for an interscholastic sport, but do not have a current license by the Ohio Department of Education, or are a coach in a community program, please use the following resources:


Contact Information

Ohio Department of Health
School Nursing Program
246 North High Street, 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: 614-466-1930

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