Coaching Information

The Township of Denville requires all coaches to complete a Rutgers Coach Certification Class in order to remain eligible to coach. The Township of Denville also requires all coaches to submit to a fingerprint background check once every 3 years in order to remain eligible to coach. The State of NJ is now requiring the completion of a concussion awareness online course for all recreation and travel coaches.

Rutgers Certification

The upcoming schedule for the Rutgers Certification class is as follows:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Classes will be held in the Community Room in the Denville Municipal Building. Paper registration starts at 6pm; the class will begin promptly at 6:30pm. The class is 3 hours long. Pre-registration is required. Please e-mail Recreation Department at to pre-register, include your name, address, phone number and the sport you are coaching.

If you are taking this class in order to coach for Hub Soccer, we will pay for the cost of the class, otherwise, the cost of the class is $35 for Denville Residents and $40 for non-residents. Cash (exact change) or checks payable to the township of Denville are the only payments accepted.  Each class is limited to the first 40 coaches who pre-register. Please, NO phone calls.

At this time the Township of Denville only requires you to take the Coaches Safety Class one time. Other current coaching organization cards may be accepted. Please check with the Recreation Director.

Background Checks

The Township of Denville requires all Volunteer Youth Sports Coaches and Officials to submit to a fingerprint background check once every 3 years. Coaches are required to use MorphoTrak. MorphoTrak is located at 601 Jefferson Road in Parsippany. Applications and more information about this process are available from your Youth Sports Organization, the Denville Recreation Department or on the Denville website click on the forms link then click on Recreation.

Concussion Training

The Legislature of the State of New Jersey passed a bill to raise the awareness of concussions amongst youth athletes. This bill requires coaches to have head injury safety training to help in the recognition of concussions. All coaches are now required to have completed o- line Concussion Awareness Training before coaching any youth athletes and should be able to present the certificate they receive from taking the course.

This requirement pertains to both travel and recreation coaches.

There are two online training courses that a coach may take that will meet this requirement. Both of these courses are free courses and will provide you a certificate that you have taken the course at the completion of the course.

1) The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate, making it easy to show your league or school you are ready for the season.

2) The National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports – What You Need To Know. Sports-related concussion in high school sports can be serious or even life-threatening situations if not managed correctly. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to provide information and resources to help educate coaches, officials, parents, and students on the importance of proper concussion recognition and management in high school sports. Mick Koester M.D., ATC, Chair of the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Director of the Slocum Sports Concussion in Eugene, Oregon takes you through this course. In this course, you will understand the impact sports-related concussion can have on your players, how to recognize a suspected concussion, the proper protocols to manage a suspected concussion, and steps to help your player return to play safely after experiencing a concussion.