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Interested in becoming a referee for EYSA? People choose to become a soccer referee for many reasons. Some of those reasons include getting exercise, earning money, learning more about soccer, building friendships, and challenging yourself. Referees must be at least 13-years-old, complete online training, and attend a free referee training class if one is offered for the season. If this is something you are interested in, please contact us for additional information at [email protected]. Check out this letter from the ESSL Referee Coordinator, Jason Sidell, that contains detailed information regarding SAY referee training for the ESSL. 

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. 

Attention Coaches, you will need ALL of the following completed before team rosters can be released to you: Background check, Concussion Certification, signed Code of Conduct, SafeSport Certification. Once you complete these items, you can upload them to the volunteer section of your user account on our website, email to [email protected], or you can bring them with you to the preseason coaches meeting. 

  1. Background check: A volunteer coach is an individual that may have unsupervised access to children participating in a SAY sanctioned activity. The minimum acceptable standard is for all coaches and assistant coaches to fill out a SAY Volunteer application annually.  
    Please click here to complete.

  2. Concussion Certificate of Completion: All SAY Soccer coaches must successfully complete the concussion training every three (3) years, 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).

    For reference purposes here is a link to the SAY Soccer Concussion Policy so that you can read in detail the two very distinct procedures of the policy as well as have access to a parent information sheet, key points for suspected concussionnotification form, and return to play form should a participant show signs of a concussion during a practice or game. 

  3. 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. Coaches will sign an individual coach document each season prior to a coaches meeting. 

  4. 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. SAY (and moreover 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, but will then only require a short refresher course of approximately 15 minutes for recertification. All SAY Soccer coaches must successfully complete the SafeSport training every two (2) years at a minimum, but according to the SAY Executive Director coaches should ideally be completing a refresher course each season or annually as well. In order to meet the ideal recommendations, the EYSA will require annual updates to SafeSport certification. SAY and US Soccer understand that this is a new burden placed upon us as volunteers and they have given us a link to pay for the course. 

    Here is the link to SafeSport training for SAY Administrative Board Members and coaches:

    SafeSport asks that we only share the access code with coaches and other members of our organization who are required to complete the course. If you are registering for a volunteer position and need to obtain the access code please email
    [email protected].
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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