As mandated by federal law, Westwood Youth Soccer follows a comprehensive Adult Registration and CORI/SORI security background check procedure, as well completion of a mandatory abuse prevention course, concussion training, and required policy review requirements for all adults working with children.
The process is called MA SafeSoccer and is required even if you recently did a CORI for WYS or another organization. The system Mass Youth Soccer is using is called U.S. Soccer Connect.
MA SafeSoccer Multi-Step Process:
Some helpful tips BEFORE STARTING:
Be sure to use the same email address and password for ALL of your MA SafeSoccer components.
Strongly recommend that you complete the registration on a computer as it gets involved.
Be sure to use your full LEGAL first, middle, and last name.
If you have a preferred name that you would like to have displayed on your printed credential, let the registrar know, as there is now an exception process
that can be used to print out credentials that depict preferred names instead of legal names. It is an easy switch, but needs to be manually done.
You need to have your driver’s license number and expiration date.
You need to have a color head shot photo (under 1 MB in size) on the device you are using that can be uploaded (initial registration only, returning users' photos are stored). You will also need a photo to upload within the initial Abuse Training course.
The selected photo must be a CLEAR, HEAD Only picture of you with NO other people in the picture, no sunglasses, no hats, and sufficiently well lit and CLOSE enough to clearly see your face. Parts of other people, including faces, arms, hands, etc. are also not allowed.
STEP 1: Annual Registration with Mass Youth Soccer, including authorization for your CORI/SORI checks and collection of fairly extensive profile information.
Annual Registration link in US Soccer Connect: Click Here
On the Annual Registration Page, Click the Green box if you are a returning user or click the Blue box if you have never coached with WYS before. Season is Fall 2021 - Spring 2022.
If two accounts show up, choose the one with your DOB listed.
Go through the steps. You basically will be filling out forms and then choosing the green buttons to continue. If you need a help guide click: HELP GUIDE
When completed, you will get an email confirmation from Mass Youth Soccer immediately upon registering titled: Thank You for Registering, Your Name.
STEP 2: Complete SafeSport Abuse Prevention online course
U. S. Center for SafeSport training cycle includes 90+ minutes for Year 1 core initial training which is followed in Year 2, Year 3, or Year 4 by shorter, 20-30 minute Refresher courses before starting over with the core training in Year 5. The SafeSport site will let you know which training course you are on if you use the login information below. You can stop and resume if necessary.
For the initial course only, you will need a head shot photo to upload within the Abuse Training course (<1 MB in size is key!).
MA Youth Soccer now provides direct access to the SafeSport training with a specific, restricted enrollment key:
If you already have a SafeSport account from a prior year, use the SIGN IN button on the top right of the page to sign in to your existing account.
You login enrollment key should pre-populate if you used the link from your Soccer Connect account to allow you to login.
U.S. Soccer will be your organization and is preselected.
Select the training called: SafeSport Trained - U.S. Soccer Federation
If the system is unusually slow or has technical difficulties, you may want to try at a different time. Chrome browser seems to work the best.
SAVE your completion certificate PDF to your computer just in case.
STEP 3: Complete online Concussion Training Certification.
There are now two concussion training courses accepted by Mass Youth Soccer
The 45+ minute CDC Heads Up to Youth Sports: Online Training for Coaches. You must have or create a CDC Train account before taking the course. See link in pink below and read all the instructions listed below carefully:
The U.S. Soccer Learning Center Safe Healthy Playing Environment course training is also accepted. If you are a referee, you may have already taken this course, and it should link over. To register with USSF, if not a member, click below:
Concussion training is good for up to two soccer years. Certificate must be dated JUNE 2020 or later for the current 21/22 soccer year.
Instructions for CDC TRAIN: Tips for CDC Train account setup are listed below or your can review the more detailed instructions in the PDF linked here as it gets complex and is not very clear:
Region: Region 4B lists Westwood; If you live in a different town, search the regions for your town)
You have to fill out your profile before you can register for a course:
Organization Name: Westwood Youth Soccer; Dept: Soccer; Title: Coach
Professional Role: Volunteer
Work Setting: Other; then type in Youth Sports Organization
After you have created your profile setup, click on the Course Catalog tab and search for: HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training for Coaches
Select the Green Pre-Assessment button (it is 31 questions long!) to start
After the pre-assessment, you will be able to launch the course. The site will save any incomplete progress.
SAVE your completion certificate PDF to your computer.
STEP 4: Upload your SafeSport and your Concussion Training completion certificates to your MA Youth Soccer account.
Login here: https://mayouthsoccer.sportsaffinity.com/Foundation/Login.aspx?sessionguid=
Go to the Certificates tab
Use the Click to Upload button in the SafeSport and Concussion Certificate blocks to upload your certificates.
SafeSport may already show a SafeSport Training Completed image; If that is the case, you are all set. If not, upload your certificate
You will need to upload a current CDC Concussion Training Certificate. The date on your Concussion Training must be after June 2020 to meet WYS bi-annual soccer year requirement. If you took the USSF course it should link over directly but you may have to click the Licenses tab in your SoccerConnect account and then hit the Get Learning Center Update button
You do NOT need to upload your Driver's License.
You do NOT need to upload your CORI Acknowledgement Form/Verification
Lastly, if you are a new coach or one who does not have a check mark in the CORI Verified box in your Certificates tab, there is a one-time validation of identification required by the Commonwealth of MA.
Login to your Soccer Connect account here: https://mayouthsoccer.sportsaffinity.com/Foundation/Login.aspx?sessionguid=
Click on the Print Documents link under your picture in your Soccer Connect account then select Receipts & Forms on the line that says ADULT/CORI Registration to print out a copy of the two page CORI Acknowledgement Form
Get your signature, on the Signature of CORI subject line, NOTARIZED.
Send a PDF or picture of the notarized form via email to: email@example.com
Do NOT upload the notarized Acknowledgement form into the system. You send it to the Registrar.