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Parents, Volunteers and Coaches:

posted Jun 11, 2019, 8:42 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 13, 2020, 4:32 AM by Maysa ]

Welcome Volunteers!  Every year, the success of our program is overwhelmingly dependent on having volunteers available in a number of capacities, but mainly to run practices and games.  More volunteers means smaller teams and more time on the field for each player. 
U.S. Soccer, PA West and MAYSA continue to lead the way in Youth Sports Safety and Training.  This season's Parent/Volunteer/Coach training includes a new volunteer online training video/class designed to provide child safety guidance to all volunteers in addition to standard clearances.  Additionally, resources for parents are also available through PA West's initiative with the U.S. Center for SAFESPORT.

The U.S. Center for SAFESPORT has made The Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport module available, for parents/guardians, on athletesafey.org.  The module is designed for parents/guardians of youth athletes of all ages.  It explains the issues of misconduct in sport and helps ensure their children have a positive and safe sport experience.

Additionally, we also recommend parents and player take a few minutes to watch each of the short educational videos provided by Sport Safety International:

Volunteers & Coaches:
As coaches we are (and should be) held to a higher standard.  In addition to being the leader in youth safety, U.S. Soccer, PA West and MAYSA continue to lead the way in providing coaching education and training for both the beginning parent coach and those licensed at the highest levels.  The 5 easy steps to coaching soccer are shown below.  MAYSA will waive the cost of registration for the first child of anyone who volunteers and completes the training and clearance activities outlined below.  Please take a few minutes to review the Volunteer 5 Steps.pdf (below) or jump right in and begin your 5 Step process using the links provide below.  

note: When setting up your SAFESPORT and U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center account, please use the same email and full name as you did in setting up your affinity account.

1.  SAFESPORT Training
         Initial Training = use access code YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M
    Complete the course
    Save the certificate at the end

Refresher - 20 minutes  (if you already did the full course) required annually:
    Log in using your username & password
    Select 'Refresher'
    Save the certificate at the end

2. FBI Check OR Volunteer Affidavit:
(a1) Volunteer Affidavit (living in PA GREATER than 10 years - must be notorized) 
(a2) FBI Backgroup Check (living in PA LESS than 10 years)

3. PA Child Abuse History

4(a). PA State Police Background Check

4(b). Upload SAFESPORT Certificate and ALL CLEARANCES to PA WEST

5. U.S. Soccer's Digital Coaching Center (DCC): 

Additional Optional video training resources from U.S. Soccers Recognize to Recover comprehensive Player Health and Safety Program 

If you have any questions along the way, we are here to help, emailus@MercerSoccer.org