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Becoming A Coach

 

  • Volunteer:
    • Find your local soccer club.
    • See if your children want to play and volunteer for their team.
  • Earn Your Coaching Credentials:
    • U6-U8 requires a USSF F license or NSCAA Level 1 and 2 diplomas are acceptable, as are any higher USSF or NSCAA license or diploma.
    • U10-U12 Travel requires a USSF F license or NSCAA Level 3 and 4 diplomas are acceptable, as are any higher USSF or NSCAA license or diploma.
    • If you coach players who are U12 and older...the USSF E License or NSCAA Level 5 and 6 are required.
    • Mandatory Requirements:  Click Here
  • Obtain Your PA Required Clearances:
    • Child Abuse Certifications (PA Dept. of Human Services) is required of volunteer and paid coaches.
    • Criminal History Record Certification (Pennsylvania State Police Reports) is required of volunteer and paid coaches.
    • Federal Criminal History Certification (FBI Reports) is required of all paid coaches and volunteers who have not resided in PA for at least the previous 10 continuous years.  This is also acceptable for volunteers who have lived in PA for at least the previous 10 continuous years.
    • Notarized Affidavit for Volunteer Exemption from FBI Certification is acceptable for volunteers who have lived in PA for at least the previous 10 continuous years.
  • Things To Know:
    • Know that every player is different and will not perform like others.
    • You need to have patience and understanding.
    • Best advice is to have fun and make sure that the players are enjoying the sport.
    • A sense of humor will go a long way toward dealing with a variety of personalities.
    • You will have a profound effect on many of these kids' lives.
    • Learn about PA West Soccer and take advantage of our resources.

 

 
 
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