Coaching Requirements

Thank you for volunteering to coach this year.  Please review this page carefully for updated information about 2020-2021 NGS coaching requirements.  Please complete all requirements as soon as possibleWe will not be able to issue travel coaches a 2020-2021 MYSA/BAYS credential until they have met all requirements.

Check out the Coach Requirements Chart for a quick overview.  Click on links below for additional important details.

NGS Fall 2020 Coaches Meeting

Mandatory for ALL Juniors, City & Travel Coaches

Our coach meetings were virtual this season. Please click on links below to watch the recording.

  1. NGS COVID-19 Guidelines and Rule Changes Zoom Meeting (Tues 9/8)
  2. NGS Juniors & City Coaches Zoom Meeting (Sun 9/13)
  3. NGS Travel Coaches Zoom Meeting (Sun 9/13)

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Workshop

Mandatory for ALL Grade K – 3 Coaches and any NEW Grade 4 – 8 Coaches

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Interactive virtual workshop – Double Goal Coach – led by national Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) trainers. Registration required to receive zoom link. Free for NGS coaches.

Learn More About PCA

Coaching Licenses

Newton Girls Soccer is committed to providing opportunities for continued education and development for all our coaches through coaching clinics and courses. US Soccer Coaching Courses are available both in person and online click here.

As a minimum, ALL Coaches (Grades 2- 8) must take the following online course as a prerequisite to coaching and obtaining more advanced licenses.

Age Appropriate Playing Format Courses are mandatory for ALL Head Coaches (grade 2 and older) and optional for assistant coaches.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO PREVIOUSLY LICENSED COACHES: The U.S. Soccer Coaching License Pathway has been revised.  The U.S. Soccer G, F and E Coaching courses are no longer offered as a part of the U.S. Soccer Coaching License Pathway.  Although those licenses are relevant as a means to advance along the pathway, coaches who currently hold the U.S. Soccer G, F, or E License are still required to take the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module and one additional grassroots course.

NGS will reimburse the cost of license registration fees for all coaches.  For reimbursement, email your receipt to the Club Treasurer Nina Levin, registrar@newtongirlssoccer.org.  Reimbursement requests must include a name and mailing address.

Please note we will be keeping track of licenses.  Email your age group coordinator and registrar@newtongirlssoccer.org with email confirmation or certificate of completion once you finish a course.

MA Youth Soccer (MYSA) Adult Registration, Education, and Risk Management Requirements

Mandatory for ALL volunteers, coaches, managers**, staff, board members, referees, etc.

Fall Deadline: September 7, 2020

Spring Deadline: March 22, 2021

Every adult who volunteers or works with NGS in ANY capacity (referees, board members, coaches, team managers, etc.) must complete several MANDATORY national requirements as part of US Soccer’s Safe Soccer Framework.

Detailed instructions and help guides are posted at https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/adult-registration-process/.

The requirements are:

  • Complete a Mass Youth Soccer (MYSA) Online Adult Registration Annually
  • Pass state and national background checks (National Sex Offender Registry Searches and CORI) (18+)
  • Complete SafeSport Abuse Prevention Training (18+)**
  • Complete the CDC Concussion Training**
  • Review Risk Management Policies

Everyone — regardless of their CORI status — must register in MA Youth Soccer’s adult membership management system. No exceptions! Registering triggers the background checks and insurance, and grants access to the training programs. The two required courses will take approximately 2.5 hours total time to complete. Volunteers may not work until they have passed the background checks and met the training requirements.

**Note: Effective 10/02/2020, there are new, simplified Adult Registration procedures for those serving as a COVID-19 Team Coordinator or Team Manager:

  • Those serving in these roles must complete an Annual Mass Youth Soccer Adult Registration and be listed under their organization with an Approved Risk Status.
  • ​Completing the Mass Youth Soccer Adult Registration is inclusive of adding the information needed, and submission of both the CORI and National background checks. No other steps will be needed.
  • SafeSport training is not required.
  • CDC Concussion training is not required.
  • An Adult Credential is not required, as long as the adult in this role is not on the field of play or bench sideline. 
  • If the adult in this role performs other roles requiring them to be involved with players, they must complete all the Adult Registration and Education requirements, including SafeSport and Concussion training, to receive their credential.

MYSA Adult Credentials

Mandatory for ALL volunteers, coaches, staff, board members, referees, etc. who will be on the field of play, bench sideline, or performing any other roles that require them to be involved with players. (Policy updated 10/02/2020.)

All adults are required to have a current Mass Youth Soccer Adult Credential for the current soccer year.  The purpose of this photo ID is to help guardians feel comfortable that all adults volunteers have passed a background checked and have been trained to identify and prevent head injuries and child abuse.

Initially when arriving at the field the adult should have their credential worn around their neck.  Then, in order not to hamper their activities (coaching, lining fields, running, etc.) they may, if necessary, store the credential with their personal belongings during that activity.

In order to receive the MYSA Credential, a volunteer must have passed the background checks and completed the required training.

For 2020-2021, MYSA Credentials will be mailed to volunteers. Please ensure that your mailing address is correct when you register with MYSA.