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Texas Tackling Certification Help

NEW Texas Coaches Certification (Coaches who have never completed Certification Level 1)

  1. Register as a Football Coach on UIL/Aktivate Portal (if you have not already done so): UIL/Aktivate Portal Registration Link - Click Here
  2. An Atavus account and ID information will be available in your UIL Portal under "My Associations"
  3. Log into your Atavus account using your Atavus ID and email on your UIL account: Login Link - Click Here 
  4. After logging in, you may be asked to enter in a secondary email and phone number. This is purely for account recovery purposes.
  5. Go to Certification Level 1 within your account to complete Certification
    • Certification costs $35 per coach

Returning Texas Coaches Certification (Coaches who have completed Certification Level 1 IN 2022, but have yet to complete Level 2)

  1. Login to Atavus account: Login Link - Click Here
    1. Reset your password to gain access to account (if necessary): Reset Password Link - Click Here
    2. Recover your email to gain access to account (if necessary): Email Recovery Link - Click Here
  2. After logging in, you may be asked to enter in a secondary email and phone number. This is purely for account recovery purposes.
  3. Go to Certification Level 2 within your account to complete Certification
    • Certification costs $35 per coach

*Please note, Certification Level 1 is valid for 2 years. If you as a coach completed Certification Level 1 in 2023, your certification is valid for 2024 and will not need to recertify until 2025. Coaches who have completed Certification Level 2 at any point do not need to recertify and are considered in compliance for 2025.

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Why Atavus?
Atavus is the world’s leading authority on tackle performance, analysis, and coaching technique.

Since 2016, Atavus has focused solely on tackling, and through their work, they have developed a systematic approach and process to teach tackling. When we considered all our options, in order to have a lasting impact, we knew we needed to work with experts who could not only teach the technique but provide the additional resources and expertise coaches have been asking for.

Combining actionable data with analysis from successful and experienced coaches, Atavus delivers measurement and insight to improve the performance of players, coaches, and teams. With customers in professional, college, and high school football, the Atavus Tackling System has proven effective at all levels of football.

How is this different? What makes the Atavus technique special?
What separates the Atavus tackling system is that we have taken a comprehensive look at contact in and around the tackle. As a result, we have produced the best resource for educating both players and coaches, and it help programs at every level. It is not age specific and can cross over into multiple sports.

The technique focuses on making contact with the shoulder and keeping the head out of the tackle. The goal is to have controlled movement, make effective contact and to maximize both power and control.

But the Atavus System is more than just technique and drills. We have developed a system that engages the athletes through a player-centered approach and increases motor skill retention using a progression-based approach that incorporates varying levels of contact. As a result, the coaches have more confidence teaching, which increases the players confidence in execution.

What is included in Level II certification? 
Level II certification will help expand on the foundational concepts taught in Level I and provide a process to implement the approach and evaluate the performance of your athletes.
What do coaches have to do to be certified?
Coaches complete certification online, which allows them to achieve certification at their own pace but consists of a similar educational presentation and final assessment.
How long does the certification process take?
The entire certification process take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour from start to finish.  
When will I need to complete the Mandatory Tackling Certification?
Atavus, the leader in tackling consultation and analysis has been selected by THSCA and UIL to provide mandatory tackling certification for all high school coaches in Texas. The deadline to complete certification, for those that it is requied of, is August 1st, 2024.
Exam Result Access?
Upon completing online tackling certification, you will receive your completion results immediately.

If you complete/pass certification, it will say upon completing the final exam and be able to download your certificate. Additionally, your certificate will be automatically uploaded to your connected UIL account

If you do not pass certification, you will be notified upon completing the final exam. You will be able to retake the exam immediately, as many times as needed. 
What will this cost the high school coach in Texas?
For all coaches, each level of certification costs $35 per coach.

Schools/districts can pay for coaches' cost of certification by reaching out to Atavus at
Has this been done before?
No this is the first mandatory tackling certification implemented by any state.
What coaches will need to be tackle certified?
All Football Coaches must be certified by August 2021. New coaches to the state will need to complete Level I certification. Coaches who have previously completed Level I certification in 2022 will need to complete Level II certification this year.
Why make this certification mandatory not optional like other coaching certifications?
The UIL Legislative council thinks that making this an optional certification would not convey how strong we feel about taking necessary steps to protect the game of football and make it safer.
What has the early response been from the coaches?
It’s been overwhelming. Texas high school football coaches have a reputation for being among the biggest innovators of the game and we applaud them for understanding that the game is changing.
Why does THSCA believe this is the best way to tackle?
We think it’s mandatory to take the head out of the tackle and after vetting companies, Atavus stands alone in its research, drills and knowledge in the art of tackling.
Who is keeping up with the certifications?
All CCP certifications will be logged in Aktivate on the UIL Portal. 
Can I complete ALL of my required CCP courses including the Tackling Certification at coaching school?
Currently, Atavus is not scheduled to provide any in-person certification session at THSCA Coaching School.
What else does Atavus provide?
Those coaches who have passed the certification test will have online access to additional Atavus materials including training videos and drills. For a fee Atavus will analyze and keep up with your tackling throughout the season and/or come on to your campus and teach tackling to your staff and team. On campus training sessions do not suffice for CCP Certification.
When and where will I get my results from the Tackling Certification?
Results from online certification is immediate. In the event you have not passed the certification test you will be able to immediately retake the exam as many times as needed.
Is the tackling certification free online?
No. There is a $35 fee for the online certification.
Where and when are the FAST Clinics?
There will be no options to complete certification at F.A.S.T. Clinics in 2024
Is there a cost for the FAST Clinics?
There will be no options to complete certification at F.A.S.T. Clinics in 2024
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