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West Allegheny Youth Soccer Association

West Allegheny Youth Soccer Association

Coaches Corner

Becoming a Coach

  • Obtain Your PA Required Clearances:
    • Child Abuse Certifications (PA Dept. of Human Services) is required of volunteer and paid coaches.
    • Criminal History Record Certification (Pennsylvania State Police Reports) is required of volunteer and paid coaches.
    • Federal Criminal History Certification (FBI Reports) is required of all paid coaches and volunteers who have not resided in PA for at least the previous 10 continuous years.  This is also acceptable for volunteers who have lived in PA for at least the previous 10 continuous years.
    • Notarized Affidavit for Volunteer Exemption from FBI Certification is acceptable for volunteers who have lived in PA for at least the previous 10 continuous years
    • Register to coach & upload your clearance information:
    •  Click on the link below for information on obtaining your coaches clearances:  Risk Management
    •  Go to the link below to take the free Grassroots Introduction course:  Grassroots Introduction Course
    •  PA West Coaching Clinic:   Scheduled Courses
  • Instructions on how to upload clearances and apply for approval are below.  Please note that you will not be cleared to coach until these instructions are followed.

    Go to this link:

    1. Click on the blue “To begin REGISTRATION please click here” at the top of the page. DO NOT


    2. Login with your Sports Connect user ID and password. (The same as used to sign up your child to play.)

    3. On the page that opens you will be asked to select a season (Spring 2023). Under Registration Type check the box for ‘PA West Background Check Registration’, and click Continue.

    4. On the next page you will see all family members listed. There are options to add family members or to Continue, you want to Continue.

    5. The next screen will list all those eligible to register. To the right of your name, you will see a‘Register as Coach/Admin’ button. Click that.

    6. A new window will open asking you to select the play level and the only option is ‘Background Check’.

    7. Once you select that, your information will come up on the screen. In the middle of this screen,you will see ‘click here to show photo or certification upload’.

    8. This is where you will upload documents. Required documents are a photo of yourself, Safesport verification, Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse Clearance, and Volunteer Affidavit. (Or an FBI background check if not a PA resident for the past 10 years.) If all of the required documents have already been provided by you, you will see them pop up here.

    9. Towards the bottom of this same screen, you will see ‘Club Additional Information’. SelectWest Allegheny. (You can skip the Admin Information section.)

    10. At the bottom, select ‘Save and Next Page’.

    11. Walk through the rest of the steps. Accept the ELA’s if there are any (they may not apply, butyou can’t go any further if you don’t). Click ‘Agree & Continue’ at the bottom.

    12. The Payment page will come up and should say no payment due. Click the ‘No Payment Due, Continue’ button.

    13. You should see a screen that registration is now complete.

    14. The application will now go under review for approval. You can log out.

    15. You should also receive an email from PA West thanking you for uploading your background check documents.

  • Things To Know:
    • Know that every player is different and will not perform like others.
    • You need to have patience and understanding.
    • Best advice is to have fun and make sure that the players are enjoying the sport.
    • A sense of humor will go a long way toward dealing with a variety of personalities.
    • You will have a profound effect on many of these kids' lives.
    • Learn about PA West Soccer and take advantage of our resources

U10 Practice Guides

U8 Practice Guides

U6 Practice Guides

U5 and U6 (2015 and 2016 Birthyear) Practice Plans

U6 practice plan 2

U6 practice plan 3

U6 practice plan 4


West Allegheny Youth Soccer Association
P.O. Box 540 
Imperial, Pennsylvania 15126

Email: [email protected]

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