Coaches Getting Started
PA Child Protection Laws & Clearances
- In 2013-14, Pennsylvania signed more than 20 new child protection acts into law [www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov].
- All EYSA volunteers who have “direct contact” with our players are required to comply with these laws. Direct contact is defined as the care, supervision, guidance or control of children and routine interaction (regular and repeated contact that is integral to the person’s volunteer responsibilities) with children.
- Clearances that have been obtained in Pennsylvania within the past 60 months (5 years) are acceptable and considered current. Clearances obtained for employment purposes are acceptable for volunteer purposes.
- If a volunteer is arrested for or convicted of an offense that would constitute grounds for denying participation as a volunteer, he/she must inform the EYSA Risk Management Officer within 72 hours.
- New EYSA volunteers MUST: *Submit current clearances before volunteering. --OR-- **Show proof of applying for clearances and sign an Affidavit of Compliance before volunteering on a provisional basis. (*If clearances are more than 90 days old, an Affidavit of Compliance must also be completed. **Provisional clearances must be submitted within 90 days of the start of volunteering.)
- Existing EYSA volunteers MUST: Sign and submit an Affidavit of Compliance annually at the start of each ‘soccer year’ (start of the fall season). --AND-- Re-submit any clearance documentation that is > 60 months old by completing a new check.
- Submit copies of each clearance certificate/document to the EYSA Risk Management Officer, Shelley Fayewicz.
PA Criminal History Check » - Free of charge for volunteers, as long as you check the 'New Record Check (Volunteers Only)' button.
PA Child Abuse Check » - You must create an account to obtain this clearance, also free of charge once every 57 months for volunteers.
FBI Background Check » - NOT REQUIRED if you have lived in the state of Pennsylvania for 10 years or more.
Affidavit of Compliance » - This form must be printed and signed. Once completed, please email or mail the form to EYSA.
- The Pennsylvania General Assembly, in 2012, passed the “Safety in Youth Sports Act” to help prevent the growing number of concussions and severe brain injuries among student athletes.
- Under this law, all coaches are required to complete a concussion management certification training course every year if they wish to continue coaching.
- To launch the online course, click HERE, or on the CDC ‘Heads Up In Youth Sports’ image below. It should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.
- Following completion of the Heads Up In Youth Sports course, you will be provided with a personalized and dated certificate. Submit a copy of this certificate to the Risk Management Officer, Shelley Fayewicz.
- At the start of every ‘soccer year’, all EYSA coaches must submit a Risk Management Application through our state affiliate, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA). Additionally, you must update this registration if there is a change to your personal information or volunteer role/position at any time during the ‘soccer year’.
- The current soccer year begins 8/1/2018 and will end on 7/31/2019. All coaches must complete the application for 2018-19, even if you completed it in a previous soccer year.
- Once complete simply inform the Risk Management Officer, Shelley Fayewicz, so completion of your application can be verified. No documentation need be provided.
- All coaches should review the manual prior to the initial coaches meeting. You will find the manual in PDF form HERE.