Donegal Youth Soccer

Posted Jun 1, 2019
Become A Coach

Step-by-step guide to getting everything you need to Volunteer and/or coach

Step 1: Get your Background Checks (Required for New Coaches & Coaches whose clearances are >5 years old)

*You will need these to register as a coach*

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.

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 is a free Clearance)

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (This is a free Clearance)

Additionally, if you haven't been a resident 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 can be found on our forms page (located under the resources-volunteer tab)

Fingerprinting: Go to this link and enter volunteer code 1KG6XN to register and set an appointment for fingerprinting. There is a location in the Etown library on the 2nd floor.

Step 2: Go to Register and click on the appropriate link

The link will take you to the new registration process. There is training incorporated in it, per federal law. You will need to upload a picture, safety certificate (pa clearances), concussion training certificate, and safe sports certificate.

*All of your Pennsylvania clearances will need to be in one file before uploading*

Please reference the Coach FAQ from EPYSA for any questions during this process

Helpful Coach Resources and Sites

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association

US Youth Soccer

Central Penn Youth Soccer League

Lancaster County Soccer League

Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association Referee Committee

Lancaster Area Recreational Soccer

EPYSA Coaching Education

US Youth Soccer Rules of the Game

Practice Plan Resources and Sites

Practice plans from EPYSA

US Soccer Coaching Resources

Soccer Drive

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