Complete background screening. US Club Soccer Background Screening Application
Background screening is part of US Club Soccer’s staff registration process, which, pursuant to U.S. Soccer rules, is required of all individuals working with or managing youth players, regardless of whether they are volunteers or paid staff, or registered with another U.S. Soccer member organization. This includes all coaches, assistant coaches, and team managers assigned to a team with youth players. US Club Soccer substantially increased its background screening standard and transitioned the application and process to the SportsEngine platform. A valid SSD ( Sideline Sports Doc-US Club Soccer online course) certificate number is required to complete the background screening application.
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This course is MANDATORY – Use this link for course access: Sideline Sports Doc
US Club Soccer is committed to being a leader in Player Health and Safety, one of the five pillars of our Players First philosophy. As such, we’re proud to announce that US Club Soccer is taking its biggest steps ever to help ensure the best and safest environment for our players.
US Club Soccer requires completion of the 6-chapter online course by all registered staff members. Injury recognition is an important part of coaching education. Better recognition means healthier players who perform better on the field, and happier parents. First, we are launching the Sideline Sports Doc – US Club Soccer online course, which is designed to improve on-field triage of key injury situations. The course also incorporates U.S. Soccer’s “Concussions in Soccer” video and other Recognize to Recover content. Effective July 1, all coaches and staff members registering with US Club Soccer must complete the course each time a background check is required (approximately every two years).
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U.S. Soccer announced the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative, which provides guidelines that were implemented beginning in January 2016. US Club Soccer clarified the following implementation guidelines as it relates to concussion initiatives and heading for youth players:
- The Federation is recommending, and US Club Soccer is requiring immediately, new rules as it relates to heading, as follows:
- Players in U-11 programs and younger shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games.
- Limited heading in practice for players in U-12 and U-13 programs. More specifically, these players shall be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes of heading training per week, with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week. There are no heading restrictions in games.
- Clubs should be aware of circumstances in which individual consideration is needed. For example:
- A 10 year old playing at U-12 or older should not head the ball at all.
- An 11 or 12 year old playing at U-14 or older should abide by the heading restrictions in practice.
- Referees should enforce these restrictions by age group according to the specified rules. Referees will not be assessing the age of individual players on the field; they will enforce the rules for the age group.
- Leagues and organizations are free to set their own standards, as long as the minimum requirements outlined above are met.
- In adherence to these new requirements, referees have been instructed by U.S. Soccer of the following rule addition: When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
- Modified substitution rules also took effect January 1, 2016, as follows: Any player suspected of suffering a head injury may be substituted for evaluation without the substitution counting against the team’s total number of allowed substitutions during the game.
- US Club Soccer strongly recommends that all coaches, staff members, parents and players watch the following “Concussions in Soccer” video produced by U.S. Soccer: