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Coach Training and Background Checks

Coach Training and Background Checks Overview

All coaches will need the to complete the following four quick (4) steps:

Step 1) Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches to complete the Grassroots Introduction course online ( - Create Account - select Introduction)
Step 2)  U5, U6 and U8 In-house Head Coaches will receive initial coaching by MASA at the beginning of the season. MASA recommends Assistant Coaches attend as well if possible. In-house & Travel Head Coaches U10+ to complete the PAWest In-Person and Online training.
Step 3) Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Managers to complete the Safesport Online training.  
Step 4) Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches to compete the background checks and upload to PAWest Website.

All certificates to be posted to PAWest Affinity system. Click Here to Upload Certificates:

Note: MASA will reimburse coaches for PAWest Courses (You pay and submit receipt to Treasurer). 

Coach Training Details

Step 1) US Soccer Online Courses

MASA and PAWest require that the US Soccer "Free Introductory Course" is taken. The course takes approximately 20 minutes to complete .

Go to
Create an account and complete the "Introduction" course. 

Step 2) Scheduled In-Person Courses

U5, U6, & U8 In-house Coaches
MASA will provide an annual training session for U5, U6, & U8 in-house Head Coaches to learn 4v4 coaching. MASA recommends that  Assistant Coach also attend the training. This course is designed to get your coach training started. PAWest offers 4v4 online and In-person training for additional instruction and certification. Click here for more information on PAWest courses.  

U10+ Coaches
PA West In-person courses for training cost $60 per person. The courses are approximately four (4) hours long. MASA recommends coaches take the 11v11 course. 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.

Step 3) SafeSport Online Training

Please email Risk Manager for password to access the 1.5 mandatory course. Click Here 

Background Checks Details (Step 4) 

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

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

 State Police Criminal Record Check  PA State Police Criminal Record Check (P.A.T.C.H.)

2: Complete the PA Child Abuse Clearance Form
PA Child Abuse History Clearance PA Child Abuse Clearance Form

3: FBI/Affidavit (If you have NOT resided in PA continuously for the last 10 years)

Complete the FBI Criminal History Report,  Use code 'Volunteer' if required. You might need the following Service code to get finger prints: 1KG6ZJ. 
If you have resided in PA continuously for the previous 10 years, this form needs to be completed and NOTARIZEDVolunteer Qualification Affidavit

4: Register  (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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