West Side United Soccer Club

Coaching Information

PA Child Protection Laws & Clearances

Coaches and Referees, in order to work or volunteer with children, you are required to obtain clearances which may include the following:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance;
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check; and
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check

Background Information and Websites

Background CheckWho needs to completeCostWebsite
Pennsylvania State CheckAll Coaches and Referees$10.00 (free starting July 25, 2015)https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
Pennsylvania Child Abuse CheckAll Coaches and Referees$10.00 (free starting July 25, 2015)https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
FBI CheckAll Paid referees over the age of 14 and coaches that have not resided in PA for the past 10 years$27.50https://pa-aps.3m.com/perlpub/registration_welfare_pci.pl
Note:  When completing the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance please choose Create Individual Account.

EPYSA Risk Management Application

In addition to the PA Child Protection Laws & Clearances, the EPYSA Risk Management needs to be completed too.
EPYSA Risk ManagementWho needs to completeWebsite
ApplicationAll Coaches and Refereeshttps://www.youthleaguesusa.com/epys/15-16/RiskManagement.html

Concussion Information

Safety comes first, help minimize the risks for concussions. All coaches must complete the online training and testing.
DocumentationTraining and Testing
Action Planhttp://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/
Fact Sheet for Coaches