Coaching Requirements

Coaching Requirements

Thank you for volunteering to help coach your child’s youth soccer team! We could not do it without you.

Coach/Volunteer Requirements: MA SafeSoccer

Abuse in youth sports is more prevalent than most of us think—and it can happen even in Westwood. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that around 1 million children per year experience some form of abuse in a youth sports setting.

Westwood Youth Soccer seeks to uphold the highest standards for participant safety by ensuring all coaches and volunteers comply with the most rigorous standards for background checks and abuse training as required by U.S. Soccer and MA Youth Soccer.

We do this not just because it’s the law, since Congress passed the Safe Sport Authorization Act, but because it’s the right thing to do. Abuse prevention is now an integral part of our roles as youth soccer coaches and volunteers.

Therefore, there are requirements that every coach, volunteer, and evaluator must complete each soccer year:

  • An expanded background check and screening process (good for three years, but information updated annually)

  • A certified abuse prevention online training course (Core training or Refresher course)

  • One of the two approved concussion training courses (Good for up to two soccer years)

  • Annual Adult Registration in the MA Youth soccer administration system

  • Review of and Adherence to the MA Safe Soccer Required Policies

Click here to start the process for this soccer year: MA Safe Soccer

Click here to review the Safe Soccer Required Policies including a link to our Mandatory Reporting Process/Contacts:

SafeSoccer Required Policies