Please read this carefully as it contains important information. The link at the bottom of this page is now open for coaches to sign up to be placed with a team. Please know that we have very low numbers so far this year (roughly 120 kids total) compared to last year (roughly 230 kids total). As a result, we’ll probably have more volunteers than needed (that’s a good thing). If you’re not placed with a team, it’s nothing personal.
There are several new mandates for coaches this year. Two dealing with child protection and one dealing with concussion training. All three are mandatory and require just a bit of your time. New legislation on the child protection laws allows volunteers (those not being paid for their services) to complete the background checks free of charge, however, not until after July 25th. If you complete the background checks before that time, you will be charged $10 for each of them ($20 total). Some of you may already have these completed. There is a third check that is required if you have not lived in the state of Pennsylvania for more than 10 years. This is through the FBI and requires fingerprints and a bit more effort. If we need to move forward with this check for anyone, SYSA will reimburse you for the expense. We’ll handle these on a case-by-case basis only after the teams have been formed and coaches assigned.
Regardless, if you’re interested in coaching, please use the link below to register in the system. Once we have the teams established, we’ll contact coaches to complete the necessary background checks and concussion certifications prior to the start of the game season. EPYSA, our governing body, is allowing a grace period on these for the month of August to allow for them to be done free of charge. The original law required them to be completed prior to July 1st.
I appreciate everyone’s patience as we’ve worked through this with both law makers and EPYSA. These checks will be good for 3 years and are transferrable to other activities (Scouts, church work, school functions…) so it’s not a total waste of time or effort.
The concussion training is all web-based and takes roughly 45 minutes to complete. It’s very informative and simple to complete (no, you can’t cheat the system and skip through it, I tried).
Links to everything is below. All certificates should be emailed in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We must have all clearances on file before the first game of the season, no exceptions. All coaches – head and assistant – must complete all necessary clearances.
Risk Management Application – please select “Swatara Youth SA” from the drop down list.
Concussion Training – you’ll be provided a PDF certificate at completion, please save and send to email@example.com
PA Department of Public Welfare Background Check – please save and send to firstname.lastname@example.org, free after July 25th when selecting “volunteer”
PA State Police Background Check – please save and send to email@example.com, free after July 25th when selecting “volunteer”
We’ll be sure to remind coaches to complete the background checks after July 25th. If you would like to do so sooner, that’s fine, however, SYSA will not be responsible to cover the costs.