The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Mass Youth Soccer requires that all coaches and volunteers complete a CORI form to allow the state to process background checks for all volunteers working with children.
Melrose Youth Soccer takes seriously its commitment to provide a quality developmental youth sports program for the children of Melrose. Part of that commitment is to ensure that we provide a safe environment for all those children in our program. The MYS Board of Directors has developed a comprehensive child protection policy that has been reviewed by Mass Youth Soccer, as well as a national organization that focuses on child protection. I’ve outlined, below, the commitment that you must make to this policy and to the protection of the children in the MYS program.
It is mandatory that every volunteer in MYS (Board Members, Volunteers, Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers, etc.) complete the steps outlined below. Every adult who works with Melrose Youth Soccer must be CORIed — there are NO exceptions.
We are not allowed to share CORI information, so even if you have submitted CORI information for Melrose Recreation, the School System, or any other organization, we need for you to submit through Melrose Youth Soccer. Your CORI check will be valid for 3 years.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that I take a copy of your license and that you provide the last six digits of your Social Security Number on the CORI form.
Child Protection Procedures for Volunteers
1. Using this link, fill out a CORI form at the secure Massachusetts Youth Soccer site. When entering the organization’s name, please write out “Melrose Youth Soccer”, and be sure to include 6 digits of your SSN.
2. Provide either a digitally scanned or photo copy of your driver’s license.
a. Either email to me or drop off at 104 Heywood Avenue, Melrose, MA 02176.
3. Read the “Child Protection Policy” and “7 Steps to Protecting Our Children” that can found on the home page of Melrose Youth Soccer (www.melroseyouthsoccer.net) and send an acknowledgment indicating that you have read and will abide by the policy to email@example.com.
4. Review your registration information on SportsManager to ensure that you have provided your FULL LEGAL NAME (not Bill for William, etc.) and that your Date Of Birth has been input.
Coaches – please log in with your username and password and set up your game schedule with the Manage Games link. Contact your league coordinator for username and password if you don’t have them already.
COACHES EQUIPMENT BAGS: If you are not planning on returning as a coach next season, you are asked to drop off the equipment bag provided to you at the beginning of the season to the age coordinator.
We also have worked to provide MYS coaches with a framework of coaching ideas through our developmental targets and resources. In addition, we plan to provide skill development materials to players through the website to help them better live the credo that “every waking moment is an opportunity to become a better soccer player.” Ole!
Q & A
Q: I am a coach in Melrose, and I have heard that if I take one of the Mass Youth Soccer licensing courses that MYS will pay. Is that true?
A: Absolutely – save your canceled check and submit a copy of your certificate to MYS.
Q: We’ve been having stormy weather lately with lightning and thunder. What should I do as a coach when this happens?
A: Get your team off the field and into safe shelter when lightning is less than 6 miles away (30 seconds from lightning to thunderclap) and don’t take the field again for 30 minutes after the lightning is gone. See Precautions in dealing with Lightning Tips for more details from Mass Youth Soccer.
RESOURCES FOR COACHES
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
- Melrose Youth Soccer maintains a Zero Tolerance Policy for fan and coach behavior toward referee and players. See page 28:
- Middlesex Coaches Handbook
MASS YOUTH SOCCER
- For more information on Coaching Courses, Coach Code of Conduct and Tournament Listings, please visit: