Coaches

Mission Statement

It is the mission of United Valley Soccer Association to promote the sport of soccer; to provide an atmosphere that fosters constructive education in soccer skills and the rules of the game; to provide a safe and secure environment in which to practice and play; and to provide an activity where courtesy, common sense, and good sportsmanship prevail for all players, coaches, parents and fans.

Overview

A key component in United Valley Soccer Association's mission is the volunteer coach. UVSA administers both a fall and spring program. The fall program is a recreational league for beginning players and utilizes the volunteer efforts of many first-time coaches. The spring program is a competitive travel league for seasoned players and the coaches often have multiple years of experience through our fall program and even some high school coaching experience. No matter what level of experience, UVSA holds all our coaches to the same standards and expectations. The most important of these is emphasizing fun through the teaching of soccer fundamentals and promoting strong teamwork, good sportsmanship, and fair play - both on and off the field.

Handbook

Several years ago, United Valley Soccer Association developed a handbook for our coaches. This handbook contains valuable information regarding our fall soccer program. The handbook is now available in PDF format for our coaches and interested parents/guardians.

   Coaches' Handbook

Forms

The following are links to the forms all UVSA volunteer coaches need (forms are PDF files):

   Volunteer Application - Each adult volunteer MUST provide a completed application to the Coaching Coordinator prior to the start of the

season. This form must be completed annually.

   Coaching Application - Volunteers interested in coaching MUST provide a completed application to the Coaching Coordinator prior to the

start of the season. Applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and successful candidates will be notified. This form must be completed annually.

   SAY Injury Report - UVSA is required by our secondary medical insurance provider to submit this form with every claim.

UVSA coaches must complete an Injury Report for all injuries that require medical treatment and occur at practice or games.

Clearances - Updated for 2015

Effective December 31, 2014, the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (23 Pa.C.S. § 6344) was broadened to include any volunteer who will work with children. In order to be compliant with the law, all UVSA coaches and assistant coaches are required to obtain the following reports prior to the start of the season in which they wish to volunteer:

 

(1) A clean criminal history report from the Pennsylvania State Police.

(2) A clean child abuse history report from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (ChildLine).

(3) A clean criminal history report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (fingerprinting required).

*The FBI history report can be waived if the applicant has been a PA resident for the last 10 years and affirms this fact in writing.

 

Due to the changes in the law, United Valley Soccer Association will no longer provide background checks.

 

For additional information on the law, please read this MEMO from SAY National Executive Director Douglas Wood,

then visit http://media.presbyphl.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ACT153_FACT_SHEET.pdf.

Resources

The following websites have been chosen based on the quality of their information:

 

Sites providing example soccer drills:

Questions

For questions about coaching, please contact Jessica McCauley by email at president@unitedvalleysoccer.com,

or by completing this form - CONTACT.


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