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Volunteer Coaching Requirements


ATTENTION ALL VOLUNTEER COACHES



Thank you for being willing to serve as a coach or assistant coach to the kids of the Manheim Soccer Club!  Without you, we would not have a club and kids would miss out on the fun, excitement, and life lessons of playing youth soccer.

To assure the safety of our kids, to comply with state law, and to follow our state soccer association requirements, coaches, assistant coaches, and those directly interacting with minors (child under the age of 18) must complete the 5 requirements listed below.


EPYSA STATE ASSOCIATION REQUIREMENTS


1. CONCUSSION TRAINING (required annually)

Coaches and assistant coaches have to annually complete a free concussion education course.  

We recommend the following online class: www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/coach.htm

Once the course is completed, please print out the certificate and turn it in to the program coordinator.  

2. RISK MANAGEMENT APPLICATION (required annually)

Coaches and assistant coaches have to annually fill out a risk management application through the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association.  
The application is completed online at: https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/epys/17-18/RiskManagement.html

PENNSYLVANIA STATE LAW REQUIRMENTS


1. CLEARANCE FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE (required every 36 months)


Coaches and assistant coaches have to provide a report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police.  The report can be obtained at: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Once the clearance is completed, please provide a copy to the program coordinator.  
2. PA CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE (required every 36 months)

Coaches and assistant coaches have to provide a PA child abuse clearance from the Department of Human Services (CHILD ABUSE).  The clearance can be obtained at: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

Once the clearance is completed, please provide a copy to the program coordinator.  

3. FINGERPRINT BASED FEDERAL CRIMINAL HISTORY (FBI Background Check) OR DISCLOSURE STATEMENT FOR VOLUNTEERS (required every 36 months)

Coaches and assistant coaches have to complete an FBI Background Check IF they have not been a Pennsylvania resident continuously for the past 10 years.  If an FBI check is needed, the process can be started at: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpw.htm

If a coach or assistant coach has been a Pennsylvania resident continuously for the past 10 years, he or she must complete a DISCLOSURE STATEMENT APPLICATION FOR VOLUNTEERS form.

Once the clearance or the disclosure form is completed, please provide a copy to the program coordinator.  
For additional inform visit http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/

For further information about completed the necessary clearances visit http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms/index.htm

Frequently Asked Questions


Q1. Is there a cost for any of this?  


A1. There is no cost for the concussion course or for the EPYSA risk management application.  There is a $0 cost for the PA state criminal clearance, a $0 cost for the child abuse clearance, and a $27.50 cost if an FBI clearance is needed.

Q2. Who pays for the clearances?

A2. You will need to initially pay the expense for the clearances but if you wish the Manheim Soccer Club will reimburse you once you turn in the clearances to us.  

Q3. What if I did this already at church or at school?  Can I transfer the clearances?

A3. Yes you may transfer the clearances if you completed them to volunteer at church, school, etc.  You will still need to provide a copy of each to the Manheim
Soccer Club.  If you already have had the clearances completed for another role, the club will not reimburse you the expense.

Q4. Can I start coaching if I have some of the requirements done or have at least applied for them?  What if I don't do one of these requirements?

A4. NO, all the requirements must be completed prior to starting to coach.  IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE ALL THE REQUIREMENTS, YOU CAN NOT COACH.

 

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