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Step by Step Pre-Requisites for Team Volunteers with DYS

Step 1: Get your Background Checks (Required for Coaches, Coordinators and Team Managers)

If you have these clearances from another organization (Church, School, etc) they are applicable with DYS.  These are now good for 5 years as well.  You can load digital copies into the Coach Registration in Step 3.  

Have questions about the new laws? click here:

Below are the links for anyone that has maintained residence in Pennsylvania for the last 10 years.

PA Child Abuse History Clearance (This should now be a free Clearance)

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (This should now be a free Clearance)

Additionally, if you haven't resided in PA for the last 10 years:

FBI Criminal Background Check (Have your Credit Card as this costs $27.50) DYS reimbursement form and instructions at this link:  Reimbursement Form

Step 2: Complete your Concussion Education (Required for Coaches)

CDC Heads Ups Online training (Required) - Save a screenshot of the certificate.

EPYSA Concussion Resources (Optional Resource FYI)

Step 3: EPYSA Risk Management (Required for Coaches, Coordinators and Team Managers)

Step 4: Register with DYS and Upload your Certificates (Required for Coaches, Coordinators and Team Managers)

Register with DYS Checklist:

  • PA Child Abuse Certificate
  • PA State Police Background check Certificate
  • FBI Background Clearance (Only required for those that have not resided in PA for the last 10 yrs)
  • Heads Up! Concussion education Certificate
  • EPYSA Risk Assessment ID
  • Know the age group you are coaching (ex. U8, U10, etc) and the program you are coaching with (recreational, select)

This is a new registration system so you may need to create an account if you do not have children registered since last fall.  I hope you'll find the new registration system easy to use.

Register Here


Practice Plan Resources

YouthSoccer101 - Drills

Please check out Youthsoccer101. We've partnered with this team to provide USSF approved practice plans. Age appropriate sing up links are provided under each age category in the Coach's Corner.

The Coaching Manual

Free Registration and Drills to review. Expand your cache of drills to make your team better.

Age Based Resources

NSCAA Coaching Courses


To see a full list of courses, visit our Master Schedule.

Not sure what to take? Check out the NSCAA Course Menu guide.