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Coach Credential & CORI Check

All Coaches must Register with MYSA and have CORI clearance in order to coach with NYS for BAYS Travel or IM programs. 

New coaches register with MYSA for CORI here.  Please enter “Newton Youth Soccer” in the Name of Organization field on the form. Even if you have CORI registration for other volunteer activities, every organization needs it's own registration.   If your registration has expired Deborah Avant will contact you.  This takes some time, so please get this started as soon as you can.  All IM and Travel coaches need to have a current MYSA Credential.  For returning coaches Deborah will email a pdf of the Credential to print at home and insert in the sleeve/lanyard from last year.  New Coaches will be provided the Credential at the pre-season meeting.

BAYS "Travel" Coaches now use the MYSA credential in place of the BAYS pass card for regular season play. 

Returning Coaches
- The MYSA credential is valid for a two-season year starting with the Fall season.  It needs to be renewed before every Fall season (or before the Spring if you do not coach the Fall season).

Concussion Awareness

All Travel and IM coaches must have proof to have taken and passed the Concussion Awareness program within 3 years.  

Coaches need proof you have taken and passed the concussion training program before you can coach.  Once you have taken and passed the test, send the completion certificate to the NYS Registrar .

he issues related to concussions and their impact have risen over the past few years as research has shown how serious an issue this can be.  All Travel and IM coaches must take the on-line Concussion Awareness course provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  

The on-line course is available (free of charge) for anyone interested in learning more about concussions.   We suggest that parents take this opportunity to educate themselves on the symptoms of concussions and the appropriate way to monitor them.  You will be surprised as to how many signs there are that most take for granted or simply miss.  The course takes 30-45 minutes to complete.

If a player exhibits symptoms of a concussion (see fact sheet attached below) NYS protocol requires the parents to provide written proof that the player has been evaluated by their physician and that the player has been fully cleared to rejoin the team - for practices and games.  It is for the players own welfare that this policy is in place to be sure that he/she is fully recovered and is not showing any signs of a concussion - even a minor one.  Minor concussions are still extremely serious and if a player returns too soon, then further health problems can develop.   

This fact sheet provides you with some basic information about concussions.  Please take the time to print this out, read it, and review it with your children as well. 

Abuse Prevention

In 2018 a federal law was enacted to protect athletes from physical and sexual abuse.  The law requires that coaches and other adults who come in contact with amateur athletes to report abuse or suspicion of abuse.
Massachusetts Youth Soccer (MYSA) describes the reporting requirements here:

NYS Director of Coaching Ed Jenkinson is the point person for reporting abuse or suspected abuse:
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