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:
    • New USSF Coaching Pathway
    • For Fall 2018 coaches with a current license will be eligible to coach but must obtain the correct license for their age group within one year.
    • For Fall 2018 coaches who do not have a coaching license must obtain the correct license for the age group they will be coaching.
  • 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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