Become A Coach

Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 Coach Registration: OPEN

Travel Team Coach Applicant Registration Deadline: May 17th

 

Thank you for your interest in coaching or volunteering with Needham Soccer Club. All our teams are volunteer coached and we are always in need of enthusiastic Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and volunteers.

No prior soccer experience is necessary, just enthusiasm, and completion of mandatory registration requirements.

Head coaches must be 18+ but we do offer volunteer opportunities for 7th Grade+ through our TOPSoccer and Mentor programs – Click here for more info

ALL adult coaches/volunteers (18+) are required to be registered with the club AND be in compliance with MA Youth Soccer requirements: Head Coaches, assistants, or other ‘helpers’ MUST be registered BEFORE they can work with NSC players.

 

Register On Gotsport

GotSport is our club registration platform and is used for all club registrations and roster building/management. All coaches and assistant coaches must be registered on this platform in order to be assigned to and communicate with their team. Coaches are required to register with NSC annually.

As of Fall 2020, all our registrations will transition to the new and improved GotSport platform. Previous accounts will not work on the new platform, and all registrants will need to create a new account. The new account should then be used for all future registrations.

 

MA Youth Soccer Adult Registration (annual)

NO COACH IS PERMITTED TO STEP ON THE FIELD WITH NSC PLAYERS WITHOUT COMPLETING ALL REQUIREMENTS & RECEIVING YOUR CREDENTIALS FROM THE CLUB FOR THE CURRENT FALL-SPRING ‘YEAR’

As mandated by federal law, and enforced by MA Youth Soccer, Needham Soccer Club follows a comprehensive Adult Registration and CORI/SORI security background check procedure, as well as mandatory completion of abuse prevention training, and concussion course, as well as required policy review requirements for all adults working with children in youth sports.

These requirements are administered via a separate platform called US Soccer Connect

MA Youth Soccer Adult Registration Annual Multistep Process

for more in depth instructions CLICK HERE

Some helpful tips BEFORE STARTING: 

  • Be sure to use the same email address and password for ALL of your MA SafeSoccer components.
  • Returning coaches – use the same login credentials each year
  • Strongly recommend that you complete the registration and training steps on a computer
  • Be sure to use your full LEGAL first, middle, and last name.
  • You need to have your driver’s license number and expiration date.
  • You need to have a color head shot photo (under 1 MB in size) on the device you are using that can be uploaded (initial registration only, returning users’ photos are stored). You will also need a photo to upload within the initial Abuse Training course.
    • The selected photo must be a CLEAR, HEAD Only picture of you with NO other people in the picture, no sunglasses, no hats, and sufficiently well lit and CLOSE enough to clearly see your face. Parts of other people, including faces, arms, hands, etc. are also not allowed.

Step 1 – Annual Registration with Mass Youth Soccer, including authorization for your CORI/SORI checks and profile information. 

  • Click the Green Returning User box or use the Blue Create New Account if you have never coached with Needham Soccer Club before. Season is Fall 2021 – Spring 2022.
  • Go through the steps – filling out forms and clicking the green buttons to continue. If you need a help guide click: HELP GUIDE
  • When completed, you will get an email confirmation from Mass Youth Soccer immediately upon registering titled: Thank You for Registering, Your Name. 

STEP 2 – Complete SafeSport Abuse Prevention online course (or annual refresher)
You can log in (CLICK HERE to login) to find link to this Safesport training and Concussion training under the Certificates tab on your account or follow steps below: 

  • 90+ minutes for initial training, then a required 20 minute refresher course annually.  If you took the initial training before Jan. 2021, you need to do the refresher now.  You can stop and resume if necessary. For the initial course only, you will also need a head shot photo to upload within the Abuse Training course (under 1 MB in size).
  • SafeSport Training Link and Access Code:
  • U.S. Soccer will be your organization and is preselected.
  • If the system is unusually slow or has technical difficulties, you may want to try at a different time. Chrome browser seems to work the best.
  • SAVE your completion certificate PDF to your computer.

STEP 3 – Complete CDC Concussion Training Certification online course (every 2 years)

  • The 45+ minute Center for Disease Control training is the ONLY MA Youth Soccer approved method for concussion training.
  • Concussion Training must be completed every 2 years. Certificate must be dated Aug. 2020 or later for 21/22 soccer year.
  • CDC is using a new platform, so everyone must create a CDC Train account before taking the course.
  • Tips for CDC Train account set up as it gets complex and is not very clear:
    • Group: Other
    • Region: Region 4B lists Needham; If you live in a different town, search the regions for your town)
    • You have to fill out your profile before you can register for a course:
      • Organization Name: Needham Soccer Club; Dept: Soccer; Title: Coach
      • Professional Role: Volunteer
      • Work Setting: Other; then type in Youth Sports Organization
  • After you have created your profile setup, click on the Course Catalog tab and search for: HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training for Coaches
  • Select the Green Pre-Assessment button (it is 31 questions long!) to start 
  • After the pre-assessment, you will be able to launch the course. The site will save any incomplete progress.
  • SAVE your completion certificate PDF to your computer.

STEP 4 – Upload your SafeSport and your Concussion Training completion certificates to your MA Youth Soccer account.

  • Login here:  https://mayouthsoccer.sportsaffinity.com/Foundation/Login.aspx?sessionguid=
  • Go to the Certificates tab 
  • Use the Click to Upload button in the SafeSport and Concussion Certificate blocks to upload your certificates. You do NOT need to upload your Driver’s License.
    • SafeSport may already show a SafeSport Training Completed image; If that is the case, you are all set. If not, upload your certificate
    • You will need to upload your new Concussion Training Certificate. The date on your Concussion Training must be after Aug. 2019.
    • You do NOT need to upload your Driver’s License.
    • You do NOT need to upload your CORI Acknowledgement Form/Verification

Once all steps are completed, coaches receive a printed credential/lanyard from the club that you must have at all practices/games/clinics. Returning coaches that still have their plastic lanyard sleeve may be sent the new credentials via email/PDF to print at home, new coaches will receive their lanyard and printed credential at pre-season coaches meetings/uniform pick up.

Additional Step For 1st Time NSC Coaches – one-time validation of identification. Two documents are needed. 

  • Login here:  https://mayouthsoccer.sportsaffinity.com/Foundation/Login.aspx?sessionguid=
  • Print out a copy of the two page CORI Acknowledgement Form
  • Click on the Print Documents link under your picture in your Soccer Connect account then select Receipts & Forms on the line that says ADULT/CORI Registration.
  • Sign page 2 of the form on the Signature of CORI subject line
  • Then follow the instructions below to send it in.

Contact admin@needhamsoccer.com to can set up a time to validate your form and driver’s license ID virtually.       

And/OR

Send the signed CORI Acknowledgement form, along with a copy of the front of your Driver’s License as validating ID, via email (scan or just take a legible picture) and send it to: admin@needhamsoccer.com

Signed CORI Acknowledgement receipt form and copy of Driver’s license required. 

NB: If you have previously coached with NSC AND been ID verified (have a prior year’s lanyard) you do not need to re-submit your CORI acknowledgement to the registrar.

U.S. Soccer Connect Tech Support

If you are having issues with this system or downloading your forms, please contact tech support immediately. This system is not run by NSC, and we cannot help you with account set up or password issues.Help line number: (800) 808-7195 or (855) 703-2558.

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