Coach’s Corner

Updated July 27th, 2019

The ACCJFL has their own required training.  The only difference is the Cardiac training.  So for this year if you have already completed the Heads up Concussion and Heat Stress training just go on the site below and complete the Cardiac Training.  Next season this will be the site we use for all three.



Coaches, here is the new Heat Illness prevention and recognition training for you.

Click on the link below.  You will have to register for an account.  The course is free and the process is fairly easy to follow.  This link will open to a page where you will then choose your state.  You will see the course costs $0.  Then hit the Order Course button.  Select the “myself” option in the next popup window as to who course is to be completed by.  At some point you will have to register and do the checkout process.  Just follow the prompts/directions.  You will also get a popup asking you to fill in the name you want to have on your completion certificate.  Any questions just give me a yell.

Coach Alan

Heat Illness Training Course



Click below for the downloadable document.

Mercy Rule and Mandatory Play

SECTION O. Mercy Rule 

At any point prior to the start of the fourth quarter if the point spread becomes 21 points or more the team with the advantage will institute the following:

First Half: If the point spread reaches that required to initiate the mercy rule during the first half the following changes must be made:

On Offense: 

Players: No changes.

Plays: Restrict plays to runs between the tackles, sweeps and short passes (less than 10yards).  No trick plays, reverses, option passes, etc.

On Defense: 

Players: No changes.

Plays: No Blitzes or line stunts (both teams).


Third quarter: If the point spread reaches that required to initiate the mercy rule by halftime, or anytime during the third quarter the following changes must be made:

On Offense:

Players: The team that is ahead must replace any player in the backfield that has scored with their second-string players. Scoring includes extra points. If there are not enough players on the sideline those players that have scored may play any offensive line position. If the second-string quarterback is in the backfield, he may continue to play quarterback but is restricted to handing the ball off and short passes.

Plays: Restrict plays to runs between the tackles, sweeps and short passes (less than 10yards). No trick plays, reverses, option passes, etc.

 On Defense: 

Players: No changes.

Plays: No Blitzes or line stunts (both teams).

Both teams must agree to a continuously running clock during the 3d quarter


Fourth Quarter: If at the start of the fourth quarter the mercy rule is not in effect, then there shall be no mercy rule regardless of the score.

At any time that the score closes to less than that necessary to initiate the mercy rule normal offensive and defensive play may resume.

Once the mercy rule is instituted the clock will run continuously throughout the fourth quarter, regardless of the point differential. The clock will only stop for an official timeout, or a coach may use one of the three (3) timeouts permitted each half.

Section P. Mercy Rule Violation 

If a coach participating in the game feels that a team is in violation of the Mercy Rule, the coach shall immediately call a time out and:

  1. Notify the head official who shall make a note of the score and the time of the game.
  2. The head official shall, and both head coaches will meet on the field away from their teams to make notification of the violation, and to attempt to immediately rectify the problem.
  3. The game shall then resume, the time-out will not be charged against the team calling the time-out.
  4. If the team with the advantage continues to violate the Mercy Rule the head coach whose team is at the disadvantage will notify the head official and then follow the protest procedures for the ACCJF.
  5. Violation of Section P will result in: 1st violation is a one game suspension for the coach and a 2nd offence is a suspension for the remainder of the season (not less than three (3) games)



  1. The following shall be a Minimum Play Rule (MPR) for all A.C.C. teams. If a child makes three practices during the week, the player shall receive six (6) plays including special teams.


Prior to the start of each game during weigh-ins each coach shall provide a list, if any, of all players that are excluded from the Mandatory Play Rule to the opposing coach.  This list shall be in the form of a complete roster with those excluded players clearly identified by number.  The reason for the exclusion is not required. Excluded players may play in the game at the coach’s discretion. In the event of a protest the head coach shall be required to present to the ACCJFL the reasons for exclusion within 24 hours of protest



Football and Cheer Coach’s completed paperwork needs to be submitted no later than June 23-24th (equipment handout dates) for Board consideration. Both existing and new coaches need to have Volunteer and Cover Sheet documents turned in. No new coaches will be considered after that date for 2018.

Added a link to some Heat Stress training below

Heat Stress Training

Coaches, just some important info for you.  As Coaches (or any volunteer), we are MANDATED REPORTERS.  Changes in PA regulations effective 2015 have expanded the “Mandatory Reporting” requirements to volunteers who supervise children.  

Who does this include? Managers, Coaches, Board Members and Team Moms.  I will post literature and FAQ in the next couple days.  But basically what it means is, if you even slightly suspect anything pertaining to Child Abuse, as a coach you are OBLIGATED by law to report it.  

Again, I will have this info available to you soon.  Look at this as a good thing, not a burden.  We are all here for the kids, and not just to teach football and cheer.  

Coach Alan

Potential Coaches need to complete several items to be considered for a coaching role. By filling out the Volunteer Form doesn’t guarantee you will be a coach.  Volunteers are subject to Board approval.  We also have a limit of 8 coaches per team. Below is the Volunteer Forms that need to be completed and then turned into the organization’s Secretary (Lisa Latwinski). Any questions please email us at

Volunteer and Clearance Cover Sheet docs


All Coaches are mandated to have Clearances inorder to participate and be on the field.  Clearances will be good for 3 years from date of report.  Any existing clearances dated for last year are good.  Any new prospects for coaches are responsible for attaining their own clearances.  We will need both the Child Abuse and the PA State Police criminal check completed.  If you have lived outside of Pennsylvania in the past 10 years you will also need to get the FBI Fingerprint check.  Below are the links:

Child Abuse Clearance

PA State Police Criminal Check

FBI Fingerprint Check (if you have lived outside of PA within the past 10 years)


All Coaches are mandated to take this free online course for concussion training.

Please click the link below and complete the training and print out certificate at the end. This certificate needs to be turned in so it can be added in to the President’s Book.

Heads Up Concussion Training