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Thank you so much for your interest in coaching in the WWPSA Recreation League. Your coaching will help the children in our community learn soccer and have fun while doing it. To ensure the safety of our children, there are three federally required steps that need to be completed as outlined below:

  • Background Check
  • Concussion Training
  • SafeSport Abuse Prevention Certificate

Note: You will need to furnish your driver’s license number and social security number during this process. Please feel free to email   with any questions.

  1. Create your account and trigger the background check by following the instructions in the short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRGTTrqnYko&feature=youtu.be. Here are a couple additional notes as you watch the video:
    1. At ~40 secs in the video, choose Recreational
    2. At ~1:10 in the video, it says to ensure your ID number matches what has been provided.  Choose the option for West Windsor/Plainsboro (with an associated ID number) 
  2. Complete both SafeSport and Concussion training. Here are the instructions to complete both certs. Make sure you save them to your computer as you will need to upload them in the next step. You do not have to complete either course in one sitting; you should be able to log in at a later time and pick up where you left off.
    1. SAFESPORT (2 hours): All NJYS coaches must complete an annual SafeSport training. This must be dated January 1st, 2020 or later. There is a refresher after initial training that must be completed annually and uploaded to the site below. To access the initial training (SafeSport account) or take the refresher course, click the link below.
      1. https://safesport.org/authentication/register?token=ee57337f-31f9-421d-b095-82fc8c8c4c41
      2. Access code: YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M
    2. CONCUSSION TRAINING (1 hour): A coach must complete the one-time concussion training through CDC Heads Up! or NFHS. Click the link below to take the course.
      1. https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html
  3. Log into the website with the account you created to: https://njysa.sportsaffinity.com/. Click on Certificates and upload both your SafeSport and Concussion certificate in the appropriate areas. Although not required for rec coaches, upload your coaching certificate if you have it.

Congratulations! You have successfully completed all your training and background check.


Dealing with Concussions

Dealing with concussions is very important. Below are some resources that can help coaches, parents and players deal with concussions.

Concussions in Sports Training course - click here to take the course

This free 30 minute online course is for coaches, parents and others. It includes a quiz that you can complete at the end of the course and if you successfully complete the quiz you can print out a certificate of completion.

Understanding Concussions Video - Click here to view the video

This short 8 minute video is designed to help kids, parents and coaches detect and treat concussions early, especially in children 14 and under, and to keep them safe and healthy today.

The video is introduced by 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Heather O’Reilly of the US Olympic Women’s Soccer Team and features interviews with leading doctors in the areas of pediatrics, concussions and sports injuries, and young patients suffering from concussions giving practical advice on what to look for and how to avoid long-term damage as a result of concussions.

The Doctors involved are:

  • William P. Meehan III, MD – Director, Sports Concussion Clinic, Division of Sports Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston. Author: Kids, Sports and Concussions
  • Chris S. Ahmad, MD – Associate Professor Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital Head Team Physician, the New York Yankees
  • Tom Drake, MD – Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Children’s Regional Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Neurology, Cooper Hospital, Camden, NJ
  • Michael Vitale MD MPH – Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Columbia University Medical Center. Chief Pediatric Spine and Scoliosis Service Associate, Division of Pediatric Orthopedics Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York. Dr. Vitale is also the founder of Alexandra's Playground.

Hydration and Heat Illness

Players need water or other suitable drinks during competition even if they do not feel thirsty to avoid heat-related illnesses, including dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  1. Children absorb more heat from a hot environment because they have a greater surface area to body-mass ratio than adults. The smaller the child, the faster they absorb heat.
  2. Children and adolescents may have a reduced ability to lose heat through sweating
  3. During prolonged exercise, children and adolescents frequently do not have the physiological drive to drink enough fluids to replenish sweat losses.
  4. Youth athletes may be more easily distracted when they should be resting and rehydrating.
  5. Some youth athletes may be under intense pressure to make a competitive squad and may not want to report feelings of heat distress or take the appropriate amount of time to rehydrate. 

Please click here to read more about Hydration and Heat Illness Guidelines from US Youth Soccer.