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Moon Area Soccer Association

Coach Training and Background Checks

MASA Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Managers - Please Read Entire Document. Contact Risk Manager risk if you do not understand. 

ALL EXISTING COACHES will need to complete the annual Safesport refresher email Cheryl the refresher certificate. [email protected]. You will be notified when your background checks expire from MASA Risk Manager.

All NEW COACHES will need to complete the following four (4) steps:

Step 1) Register to volunteer on this Login and go to volunteer, then search volunteer positions (Head Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Manager).

Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches to compete the Background checks/Safesport training. Team Managers to complete the Safesport training only.

Step 2) Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches to complete the Grassroots Introduction course online ( - Create Account - select Introduction). PAWest offer 4v4 online and In-person training for additional instruction and certification. Click here for more information on PAWest courses (needs to get completed within first year). 

Step 3) All certificates / background check info needs to be posted to PAWest Affinity system. Click Here to register and upload certificates. 

Step 4)  Voluntary Step: U5, U6 and U8 In-house Head Coaches can receive initial coaching by MASA at the beginning of the season. MASA recommends Assistant Coaches attend as well if possible.   

MASA will reimburse coaches for PAWest Courses and Background Checks (You pay and submit receipts to Treasurer). Below is chart showing the workflow.

U10+ Coaches: PAWest offers In-person courses that take approximately four (4) hours. Click here for 11v11 Online  & 11 v 11 In-person MASA Travel Head Coaches must attend PAWest Courses within one (1) year of being assigned to a team.


The PA Child Protective Services Law requires all coaches and volunteers involved with youth organizations complete the following steps: 

A): Complete This P.A.T.C.H. Form

State Police Criminal Record Check  PA State Police Criminal Record Check (P.A.T.C.H.). This is at no charge.

B: Complete the PA Child Abuse Clearance Form
PA Child Abuse History Clearance PA Child Abuse Clearance Form (Cost $13 and reimbursable by MASA - email receipt to [email protected]).

C: FBI or Affidavit 

FBI - If you have NOT resided in PA continuously for the last ten years (<10 years) then please complete the FBI Criminal History Report,  Use code 'Volunteer' if required. You might need the following Service code to get finger prints: 1KG6ZJ. The nearest FBI is the IdentoGO Office (on right as you go through the doors). 2000 Cliff Mine Rd, Park West Two Ste 110 Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1008; Monday - Thursday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM & 03:30 PM - 06:50 PM. It is recommended to setup appointment online but they do take walk-in's. Takes only 5-10 minutes to complete process. Results are available very quickly (cost $50 reimbursable by MASA - email receipt to [email protected]).

Affidavit - If you have resided in PA continuously for the previous ten years (>10 years) then you only need to complete the Volunteer Qualification Affidavit form however it does need to be NOTARIZED: Nearest Notary is  the UPS Store - 5990 University Blvd, Moon, PA 15108 by Giant Eagle - business hours 8am-3:30pm Mon - Fri (cost is $10 reimbursable by MASA - email receipt to [email protected])

D: SafeSport Online Training

Please email Risk Manager for password to access the 1.5 hour mandatory course. Click Here. Additional info that you will need - "YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M". The Safesport certificate is good for one year.  The annual refresher takes about 20 minutes and will need to be uploaded to PAWest (same as background checks).

E: Register and Upload your information with PA West's Risk Management Group Website

Login/Register here: PA West Risk Management Registration

  • Click "Continue" button
  • Click "Register as Coach/Admin" next to your name
  • Select "Background Check" from the drop down
  • In the "Personal Information" section, click "Click here to show photo or certification upload"
  • Click the 3 boxes ("upload CY113","upload FBI BC","upload Residency Aff") and upload the corresponding documents from above by clicking the "Browse" button, selecting the file on your computer, then clicking the blue "Upload File" button
  • Once all three are uploaded, scroll to bottom of the popup box and click "Save"
  • You'll return to the "Register for (this season)" page. Click "Continue"
  • On the "Accept ELA" page, click "agree and continue"
  • On the "Make Payment" page, click "No Payment Due, Continue" button

You must complete a background check for MASA even if you hold clearances from other sports or school activities.  MASA will cover applicable incurred costs.






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Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108

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