Athlete & Coach licensing

The USFL provides licensing for youth athletes, ages 8 to 17 yrs and their coaches enabling them to compete in legally regulated Pankration events.


REGISTER ONLINE FOR FIGHTER OR COACH LICENSE 

YOUTH ATHLETE LICENSE** - $50

COACH LICENSE - $20

Coaches must complete Sports Engine Criminal Background Check and Safety Training (Module 1) every other year for $25.50.
Plus free online CDC Concussion and USFL online training (Module 2) in alternating years.

**On-Site Athlete Licensing may be available at some events for $80. Coaches licensing applications must be done on-line due to training requirements.  

Carefully review and complete all steps in the cascades below for
ATHLETES & COACHES

ATHLETES PARENTS LICENSING CASCADE/

FAQ

1. How can I compete in a bout or tournament?

Our home page lists "Upcoming Events" which includes a contact number or email for the promoter/ matchmaker. You should contact them at your earliest convince to see if you can be paired you up with an opponent of equal size, age and experience. Tournaments are open  enrollment with a sign up link include with the event posting.  

2. Why do I need a license to compete in Pankration? 

Licensing ensures participants have provided proof of age and medical clearance for competition. The license is also a method to communicate and provide required state and federal health and safety information to parents. Finally the license is used to track competition results and eligibility of participants. 

3. Does the USFL promote actual competitions. 

No, promoters/ matchmakers are independent from the USFL but licensed to host and run events. The USFL appoints a lead official to oversee pairings, weight in's, medicals, verify regulatory requirements and to report results and injuries.  

4. What happens if my coach does not obtain a coaches license? 

You may still be able to compete. Many coaches in the USFL are willing to substitute and corner athletes without a licensed coach. However, athletes from teams without a licensed coach will be considered "unattached" , not earn team points and have no ability to challenge the outcome of a bout. In many cases a parent obtains a coaches license if they are lacking a licensed coach from their own gym. If a non authorized coach or individual enters the completion area, the opposing athletes camp can petition for an automatic No-Contest to any decision rendered from the outcome of the bout.

STEP 1 - DOWNLOADS REQUIRED FOR ATHLETE LICENSE:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS 

PARENT/ ATHLETE SAFETY EDUCATION MATERIALS   Read and retain Concussion and Dehydration educational documents:

WAIVER/ CODE OF CONDUCT   Print sign & initial -BOTH Parent & athlete. THIS WILL BE UPLOADED

ANNUAL PHYSICAL FORM    Upload or email if physical will be done later.

**We will accept any sports physical signed and dated by the physician such as annual physicals from USA Boxing, IKF Kickboxing or High School Sports, although the official USFL Annual Physical is preferred.

HAVE BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT PROVING AGE READY TO BE UPLOADED

 
 
 

 

STEP 2 - REVIEW REQUIRED EQUIPMENT LIST:

Do not show up with improper Equipment!

Click HERE for PDF of approved fighters safety equipment 

Email jon@fightleague.org if you have any questions. 

STEP 3- REVIEW RULES:

 

RULES VIDEO  

SCORING CRITERIA VIDEO


Rules Guide Page


 

REFEREES RULES BRIEFING 


 

WEIGH IN & COACHING GUIDELINES


 

CLICK FOR COMPLETE USFL RULEBOOK


 

The Coaches handbook contains useful Health & Safety information for coaches youth as well as rules and regs for USFL

DOWNLOAD USFL COACHES HANDBOOK 

 

STEP 4 - SAFE SPORT/ CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION: Review every year and as needed.

SAFE SPORT MATERIALS FOR PARENTS

Child abuse is the #1 health and safety risk for youth athletes. 

Rule #1 - Prevent all potential ONE on ONE situations between youth athletes & adults.

Report any occurrences of Child abuse to any USFL Official or

Make a Confidential Report utilizing this form

 This link contains free training, information & resources for parents of youth athletes in prevention detection and reporting of inappropriate conduct from peers, coaches & officials.

FREE PARENTAL RESOURCES

  FREE PARENTS EDUCATION COURSE

 

Final Step - PURCHASE AN ANNUAL YOUTH FIGHTERS LICENSE: Every Year

 

Be prepared to register with athletes Legal Name, the same name as listed on the proof of age document.

$50 Annual Athlete Licensing FEE 

Click Here to Register & Purchase Youth Fighters License 

(This is where you will upload documents and pay for license) (Create a new account if renewing)

HAVE READY TO UPLOAD  Scan or take CLEAR photo with cell phone. 

1) A passport style photo (face only). 

2) A government document that clearly shows Name and Date of Birth. 
 
3) An Annual Sports Physical 
CLICK FOR USFL PHYSICAL FORM  Must have date and signature or stamp of doctor.
You can also use any sports physical signed and dated by doctor. This form can be uploaded later or emailed to jon@fightleague.org if not yet completed. *Please complete as soon as possible!
 
4) USFL waiver and code of conduct must be uploaded each year to purchase license. 
 
*Athletes will not be able to register unless a Photo, Document Proving Age and Waiver/ Code of conduct is uploaded.  
The physical can be uploaded later. 
 
REGISTERING MULTIPLE ATHLETES - Do not delete any entries or the documents will be lost!
Create a new account for each athlete! You can use the same email address, simply change username for each applicant. 
 
 

 

COACHES LICENSING CASCADE

FAQ

1. I am already a professional MMA coach, do I still need to register as a coach with the USFL and complete the training and background check? 

Yes, Federal and State statutes require additional safety and vetting requirements to coach youth athletics.

2. Can I still qualify as a coach if I had a felony conviction?

Maybe, the Criminal Background check is primarily designed to restrict individuals with convictions for sex offenses and crimes against children as well as other crimes which may be pose a threat to the health and safety of children. Understanding Combat Sports are often described as the sport of second chances, the USFL will consider waivers for individuals convicted of other crimes of violence on a case by case basis.  

3. Is my coaches license valid in all areas of the country?

The USFL coach and athlete license is valid and required in every state and jurisdiction that has USFL Youth competitions. 

4. If I already competed a background, Concussion and SafeSport compliant training for another sport do I still have to do it for the USFL? 

We will accept proof of completion if documentation with date and name is proven on a case by case basis

5.  What exactly do I need to do to become a licensed coach?

Every Year: $20 Annual Coach License 

First year and ever-other year after:
 Module 1  Training(Cost $25.50) - Includes Criminal Background Check, Abbreviated Concussion course, and email link to Abuse Prevention Systems online course and certificate.

Second year and every-other year after:
Module 2 Training (Cost : Free) Includes:
Online *Coach Training - USFL rules, health and safety and Abbreviated Safe Sport Training.
Online CDC Heads Up Concussion training and **Certificate 
*Code for Coaches training - USFL

Details on the above requirements are in the cascade below

STEP 1- REVIEW COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT:

COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT

Download Federal Abuse Prevention Code of Conduct

We Are Serious About This. Take the Minute To Read & Digest.

USFL Coaches license and privileges can be revoked for violations:

Specific Principles

All Coaches shall therefore resolve to conduct themselves with dignity as a member of the USFL by:

  • Upholding the honor and dignity of the profession.
  • Setting an example of the highest ethical and moral conduct in personal contact with athletes, sports officials, parents/guardians, spectators and the public.
  • Taking an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse.
  • Avoiding the use of alcohol and tobacco products when in contact with athletes.
  • Mastering the contest rules and teaching them to his or her team members.
  • Not seeking an advantage by circumvention of the spirit or letter of the rules.
  • Exerting an influence to eliminate un-sportsmanlike conduct by spectators or others and not to indulge in conduct which would incite competitors or spectators against the officials.
  • Respecting and supporting decisions by officials.
  • Meeting and exchanging cordial greetings with the opposing coach; setting the appropriate tone for the event before and after competition.
  • Encouraging safe and practical competition practices, including but not limited to, reasonable weight management and discouragement of unnecessary weight cutting.

Prevention, Detection and Reporting of Child Abuse

  • Never create an unobserved ONE on ONE interaction with a youth athlete. This is the key preventive measure against sexual assaults and claims.
  • You are a mandatory reporter and must report suspicion of child abuse to 911 within 24hrs of occurrence and specifically ask if follow up is required.
  • Complete criminal background check & all required safety training.

FEDERAL LEGISLATION - PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN YOUTH SPORT

STEP 2 - REVIEW RULES:

 

RULES VIDEO  

SCORING CRITERIA VIDEO


Rules Guide Page


 

REFEREES RULES BRIEFING 


 

WEIGH IN & COACHING GUIDELINES


 

CLICK FOR COMPLETE USFL RULEBOOK


 

The Coaches handbook contains useful Health & Safety information for coaches youth as well as rules and regs for USFL

DOWNLOAD USFL COACHES HANDBOOK 

STEP 3 - REQUIRED EQUIPMENT LIST:

Do not show up with improper Equipment!

Click for PDF of approved fighters safety equipment 

Email jon@fightleague.org if you have any questions. 

Final Step - MODULE 1 TRAINING: 1st Year and every other year

USFL YOUTH COACHES LICENSE - $20 ANNUAL FEE

WITH MODULE 1 TRAINING - $25.50

Coaches will complete Module 2 Training the following year, alternating between Module 1 and 2 each licensing year.


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE AN ANNUAL COACHES LICENSE & MODULE 1 TRAINING IN SPORTS ENGINE

Module 1 Training Includes: 
1. Criminal Background Check 
2. USFL Code of Conduct 
3. Concussion 
4. Dehydration
Online Abuse Prevention Training Course (APS) & Certificate - A link will be emailed immediately after you complete your background check. (Check spam box if email does not come)


You may bypass Module 1 requirements if you can provide proof of completion within 1 year from another sports federation:
Module 2 must be done if Module 1 is skipped. 

  • Proof of Completed/Passed a Criminal Background check.
  • Provide a Certificate/ Documented proof of completion of one of the following: 
    Safe Sport Certificate
    Mandatory Reporter Certificate
    Abuse Prevention Certificate
    Darkness to Light Certificate

Email Certificates/ Proof to jon@fightleague.org 


Certain criminal convictions of violence may require a waiver.  

Convicted Sex offenders, Convictions of crimes against children and other egregious offenses cannot be waived. 

Information on who and how to apply for a conviction waiver.

 


Stand Alone Abuse Prevention System (ABS) Training is available for $5.

*You already get this course as part of your Search Engine background check. If you failed to use the email link sent to you and now have to complete the course, do it here.  
Use this link to take the online course by itself 


 
 
Final Step - MODULE 2 TRAINING: 2nd year and every other year

USFL YOUTH COACHES LICENSE - $20 ANNUAL FEE

WITH MODULE 2 TRAINING - Free

Coaches will complete Module 1 Training the following year, alternating between Module 1 and 2 each licensing year.


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE AN ANNUAL COACHES LICENSE & MODULE 2 TRAINING IN SPORTS ENGINE

 

Module 2 Training Includes: 
1. CDC Heads Up Concussion Course w/ certificate
2. USFL Online Training
3. USFL Code of Conduct 
4. Online Concussion Course
5. Dehydration


It may be easier to complete the Module 2 Training before registering in Sports Engine 

CLICK TO LAUNCH CDC HEADS UP CONCUSSION COURSE

You must save your certificate of completion and upload to the registration site. If you do not save your certificate you will have to do the course again. This course takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. 


CLICK TO LAUNCH USFL ONLINE COACHES TRAINING
Use Access Code - USFL 

Includes supplemental Safe Sport materials as alternative annual training to the more formal Abuse Prevention Systems or Safe Sport Online video courses.

Click all answers as you believe they apply. This is not an actual test but a method to deliver important information to you!  Upon completion you can download the correct answers. Your results will be reported to the USFL but it is recommended that you screenshot your results page. 

 


Coaches Card

Coaches will be emailed their USFL Coaches Card once all their training and vetting requirements are completed. The card should be saved on phone or device or laminated and used each time the coach checks in to corner a youth athlete. Please refer to date of license and last Training Module (1 or 2) competed to prompt annual renewal. Failure to show card at event check in will result in additional coaching fees for each event. 


SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FOR COACH, ATHLETE & PARENT

IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

CLICK TO TO MAKE A CONFIDENTIAL REPORT OF CHILD ABUSE 


Join USFL Facebook Group


 


  

CHALLENGES, COMMENTS OR COMPLAINTS

Only a licensed coach may submit an official challenge.
Note - A challenge to overturn results of a bout must be based on error of technical application of the rules and not a referee/ officials  judgement call. The action being challenged must  directly impact in the outcome of the bout.  Challenges must be submitted using proper form within 7 days of bout and from a coach licensed at the time of incident to include annual completion of online coaches test.  

Download Challenge Form

 Email to request a coach challenge form in word