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Getting Involved

Some coaches played soccer before, some have coached before, and some are entering this soccer world for the first time. No matter what your level of experience is, the EYSA appreciates your help. If you have questions about coaching or would be willing to volunteer your time to help out with the EYSA, please contact us at [email protected]. If you've already made the decision to be a coach, we want to thank you for volunteering your time to coach a youth soccer team this season. If you have not already done so, please log on to your account and register yourself as a volunteer on our website. We want to help you make this a successful season. Check out the links section on this page which have a lot of helpful information and resources. Don't forget you can always reach out to the board if you have any questions or suggestions. 

OSA Soccer policies have a positive impact on our collective participants' safety and wellbeing. We require our volunteers to complete the required training described below in order to be in compliance. 

EYSA Code of Conduct for All Volunteers: Carefully read and review the EYSA Code of Conduct in its entirety. All players, coaches, parents, volunteers, spectators and others associated with the EYSA are expected to adhere to the highest standards of sportsmanship and ethics and commit to follow this EYSA Code of Conduct. When you officially register yourself as a volunteer you digitally agree to follow our EYSA Code of Conduct, so a physical signature on this is no longer necessary. 

OSA Risk Compliance: As a volunteer, you are required to be OSA risk compliant by completing a background check, concussion training, Lindsay's Law, and SafeSport training. Your information will be submitted to OSA for entry into Demosphere, the platform they use to manage all OSA soccer members. Additionally, OSA uses Player's Health, an online risk management system to make the process of completing all volunteer paperwork and training requirements as smooth and simple as possible with zero cost to you. Please note that OSA strongly advises using a PC or laptop (not a mobile device) for a seamless process. After your information is submitted to OSA, you will receive an email from OSA within 24-48 hours (M-F) that your risk approval is pending. You will click the link in the email to take you to Demosphere and from there you will be presented with a pop-up message with a link to access the Player’s Health Protect Risk Management system using your Demosphere login credentials.

*NOTE: If you use a mobile device you will NOT receive a pop-up message. It only occurs when using a PC or laptop.

**TIP: When you are in the Player's Health system, you will want to click on the various components as if you are about to take the training (for example SafeSport) even if you know you are up to date. By clicking on the component you will trigger the system to link any previous training to register you as up-to-date if that is the case.

Additional Information about required training:
kground check: complete annually for compliance 

Concussion Certificate of Completion
: complete the concussion training every three (3) years for compliance, so if it has been more than three years since you completed the concussion certification you will need to update your certification using the National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know link, which can be found at

You will be asked to create a user account which will save your progress if you have to stop and come back to it later as well as it will save any past completed certificates so you can easily keep track of when you were last certified and can get a copy of your certificate should you need to present it to someone. When you go to the link you will select "Ohio" for your state, then select "order". The course is free, so you won't actually be charged anything when you order. It will ask you to complete a brief registration form prior to beginning the course, which is solely for the purpose of registering you in their data base as having successfully completed the online material. After you have completed this course you will be given the option to print out a personalized certificate of completion (It is suggested that this certificate by printed out in pdf format, otherwise your name may not appear on this certificate).

SafeSport Training: The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport. US Soccer has teamed with SafeSport for training and certification to help us. The ESSL first implemented this free training for the fall 2019 season. Please note this training will take you approximately 2 hours to complete the first time, but will then only require a short refresher course of approximately 15 minutes for recertification. All OSA Soccer coaches must successfully complete the SafeSport training every two (2) years at a minimum, but coaches should ideally be completing a refresher course each season or annually as well.

If you have never completed SafeSport training, you should take the course entitled, “SafeSport Trained – U.S. Soccer Federation”. If you have taken training before, you should take the next available Refresher Course. If your last course taken was “Refresher 3” your next course would be the “SafeSport Trained – U.S. Soccer Federation” course again. The training runs in a 4-year cycle as follows:
Year 1: SafeSport Trained – U.S. Soccer Federation
Year 2: Refresher 1
Year 3: Refresher 2
Year 4: Refresher 3
Year 5: SafeSport Trained – U.S. Soccer Federation (again)

Optional COVID-19 course The NFHS website we use for concussion certification also offers a course called COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators to help volunteers be better prepared for coaching during this pandemic. While this coursework is not a requirement to volunteer as a coach, it is available free of charge to anyone who would like to take it. The free course is estimated to be 20 minutes long and you will specify “Ohio” when you select the course online.
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