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AJ Martinez

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ATAVUS Online Procedures/Directions for Tackling Training

UIL has worked closely with THSCA to address the issue of head injuries in football. We are proud of the work Texas football coaches have done through the Atavus training to improve the way the game is coached in Texas.


For the 2024-2025 school year, with the overwhelming majority of coaches in Texas having completed both the first and second levels of training in “Best Practices in Tackling”, coaches who have completed both certifications, 1.0 & 2.0, are fully certified and will NOT require any further Atavus certifications. 


The only coaches that are required to certify before the 2024-2025 school year are those coaches who will be new to the state of Texas or those coaches who have not completed both 1.0 and 2.0.  Coaches who completed version 1.0 in 2022 will need to complete version 2.0 before August 5th, 2024.


Any coach who completed 1.0 tackling certification in 2023, will not complete certification in 2024 as each level of certification is valid for 2 years.


**All coaches are required to be registered in the UIL Portal.  Football Coaches must register for football in the UIL Portal and will be assigned an Atavus ID number. 


NOTE:  Two Certifications:

  • 1.0 – Certification for all new coaches to the state of Texas.  (certification is good for 2 years)
  • 2.0 – Certification for coaches who have been certified in 1.0 and up for renewal.


Online Training (Options for 1.0 & 2.0 Certifications)

  • The cost of the certification is $35 and is paid directly to Atavus.
  • Online certification will open on April 1st. 
  • Coaches will then have until August 4th to complete.
  • If coaches have questions, they can utilize the Atavus FAQ page here.



  • A newly hired football coach will have 30 days to complete the tackling certification if hired during the school year or will have to complete the tackling certification before August 5th if hired during the summer.
  • All UIL coaches must be registered in the UIL Portal.  In order to for a coach to obtain an Atavus ID and log into the Atavus website the coach must be registered as a football coach in the UIL Portal.