All Wood-Ridge Recreation Volunteer Coaches must be cleared in order to coach any Wood-Ridge Recreation sponsored sport. The following must be completed before coaching:
- FP-Finger Printing (Borough Ordinance #2009-22)
- BGC-Background Check (every 3 years following finger printing)
- P-Photo for Photo Id Card (every 3 years in conjunction with BGC)
- CCC-Coaches Certification Course (3 hours for new coaches only)
- CV-Sport Concussion Video (45 minutes online video)
- AED/CPR- Red Cross Heart Saver Training for Head Coaches (Head Coaches ONLY)
If you want to coach, please plan accordingly and make sure you are cleared. Don't wait until the last minute.
FP-Instructions for Fingerprinting for Wood-Ridge Volunteer Coaches
Borough Ordinance #2009-22 requires that all Wood-Ridge Sport Coaches must be cleared via finger printing prior to coaching. There are no exceptions.
Please note: There is a $25.00 due at the time of fingerprinting. You can either choose to be reimbursed by the Recreation Office (bring your receipt with you to your background check) or you can deduct this fee from your child's next Wood-Ridge Recreation sponsored sport registration fee (bring receipt with you to registration).
Step #1- Logon/Go to www.instantverificationinc.com
Step #2 - Click on the fingerprint on the right side of the page and follow directions carefully. Do not skip any steps unless told to do so.
Instant Verification will receive the results of your background check in approximately 10 days. You will be contacted by them if you have not been cleared to coach. If this occurs, please refer to Borough of Wood-Ridge Ordinance #2009-22 for the process for an appeal.
BGC & P-Background Check & Photo Id Cards for Volunteer Coaches
After your initial Fingerprints, you will need a Background Check every three years. Not sure if you require a background check? Contact the Recreation Office (201-939-7507) and we will let you know if your coaching certification/clearance is up to date. All classes for Background Checks & Photos are held at the Civic Center and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
The dates for the 2020 Coaches Certification Background Checks & Photos are as follows:
Monday March 23rd 7-8 p.m.
Monday July 13th 7-8 p.m.
Monday November 23rd 7-8 p.m.
There is a $38 charge for the Background Check & Photo Id Card however the Borough of Wood-Ridge will pay this fee for any Volunteer Coach so there is no cost to you.
We will contact you when your Coaches Id Card is ready to be picked up.
CCC-Coaches Certification Course for Volunteer Coaches
All Coaches are required to take the American Sport Education Program (ASEP-which is a Division of Human Kinetics) 3 hour Coaches Certification Course. This course complies with the New Jersey State Little League Law P.L. 1988, Chapter 87 (NJSA C.2A:62A 6) which provides volunteer athletic coaches, managers, and officials for non profit sports teams or team in league affiliated with county or municipal recreation department with immunity from liability unless willful, wanton, or grossly negligent.
The course will include information on Being a Coach, Preparing for Game Day, & Coaching Safety and is offered seasonal.
The dates for the 2020 Coaches Certification Class for NEW Coaches are as follows:
Saturday March 21st 9-12 noon
Saturday July 11th 9-12 noon
Saturday November 21st 9-12 noon
There is no cost for the above classes. If you do not attend one of our classes, you will need to take the course online and present a completion certificate to the Civic Center to be kept on file in the Recreation Office.
CV-Online Concussion Video Course for Volunteer Coaches
The New Jersey legislature adopted NJSA18A:-41.4 and .5 requiring organizations using BOE facilities to comply with the BOE’s sports concussion program. This includes municipal recreational programs. The MEL Web site (NJMEL.org) has a link to a model on line program designed by the CDC to assist members comply with this requirement. This is a 45 minute online free course that generate a completion certificate when a coach, referee or other sports official successfully completes the on line course. The Borough of Wood-Ridge requires that all completion certificates be kept on file in the coaches folder at the Recreation Office. The link for the free online concussion video is below. The certificate can be emailed to Recreation@njwoodridge.org or brought to the Recreation Office, 495 Highland Avenue. The link for the Resolution for Adopting a Sports Related Concussion Protocol #94-2015 follows.
AED/CPR-Online Concussion Video Course for Volunteer Coaches
All Head Coaches are required to be certified in AED/CPR. Classes are available from the W-R Emergency Squad monthly at 7 p.m. at the Fire House. Cost for the course is $50, payable by cash or check to the W-R Emergency Squad and due the night of the class. You must register in advance by calling the Recreation Office at 201-939-7507. Class size is limited to 8 students.
2020 AED/CPR Certification Classes for Volunteer Coaches are as follows:
Monday January 13th 7 p.m.
Monday February 10th 7 p.m.
Monday March 9th 7 p.m.
Monday April 13th 7 p.m.
Monday May 11th 7 p.m.
Monday June 8th 7 p.m.
Monday July 13th 7 p.m.
Monday August 10th 7 p.m.
Monday September 14th 7 p.m.
Monday October 12th 7 p.m.
Monday November 9th 7 p.m.
Monday December 14th 7 p.m.