Mad River Valley FC

Coach Certification Requirements and Resources
Coaches are required to complete two safety training courses:

1. Concussion Training Certificate

2. SafeSport Abuse Prevention Certificate
Concussion Prevention
In order to protect young athletes, the State of Ohio has passed a concussion law, commonly called the "Return to Play" law. This law, similar to laws enacted in most other states, imposes training, safety, and awareness requirements on youth sports organizations, like OSYSA, and its leagues, tournaments, coaches, referees, officials, and athletes and their families.

A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They may be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly.

All of OSYSA’s member leagues and tournaments are responsible to monitor and track their coaches’ compliance with the concussion training requirements of the Return to Play law. Each coach must receive concussion training prior to April 26, 2013, and that training must be renewed every three years. (See O.R.C. 3707.511 (C)(1).) Leagues and tournaments must collect and maintain certificates of compliance from the coaches and may ask for evidence of compliance. Leagues must be able to produce for each coach evidence of compliance with the training requirement.
SafeSport Information
Here's what you need to know about SafeSport:

+ It is federal law.
+ The goal of SafeSport is to create a safer playing environment for children.
+ The training is now enabled in all Ohio South member league and club Stack systems.
+ It takes approx. 2-3 hours the first time through, and should be renewed annually (each seasonal year). After completing SafeSport the first time, there will be a shortened 'refresher' course (1 hr.) that should be completed annually, starting the following year.
+ There is only one, standardized SafeSport training - so if a coach has taken it already via another sport, they will simply upload their existing certificate and be done for this year.

+ Who needs to take it (i.e. identified adults); coaches and soccer trainers, board members, club and league admins, team admins, team managers, tournament organizers, athletic trainers, and league or club organizational employees who may have the opportunity to have direct and unmonitored access to minors.

This means that even if they are not actually a coach, they will be registering as a coach in Stack in order to complete the training and a background check, which is now also required. This is the only way to trigger it. Unless otherwise required by your league, the identified adults outside of coach (head, assistant) do not need to be assigned to a team in Stack.

+ The identified adults above should register in the club or rec league Stack system they hold position at. In other words, register at your club or rec league Stack system.

+ SafeSport is accessed via the Abuse Prevention slot in a "coach" Member Account, or via the "coach" confirmation email received after successful registration. Again, remember - even though an admin (or any other identified adult) is not a coach, they are registering as one in order to complete the training and undergo a background check.
- Identified adults outside of coaches and soccer trainers are not required to take concussion training unless they will be coaching a team, and thereby do not need to upload anything into the concussion slot in Stack.
- The only exception to this is under direction of your carding league for competitive clubs (i.e. in State League, managers are assigned to the team and therefore must upload something to the concussion slot because it is required).

+ SafeSport should be completed using the same first and last name, gender, DOB, and email address that was used to sign up in Stack. This will allow the API (the "call-and-response" between Stack and SafeSport) to tie the SafeSport training back to Stack automatically.

+ If any identified adults in our organization have already taken SafeSport, they will need to upload a PDF version of their SafeSport certificate;
• If it is recent, the certificate will be auto-read and approved based on name and email match (first and last name & email in Stack matches the name & email used to take SafeSport).
• If a certificate is dated prior to April 18, the certificate will require league approval once uploaded.