Required Certifications for Coaches and Volunteers

Ensuring the safety of our participants and community is a priority, and resources are available to the Club and Volunteers to achieve this goal. The steps below are required by State and Federal laws which Washington Youth Soccer and Terrace Brier Soccer Club must adhere to in order to operate our program. These are a prerequisite to work with TBSC youth athletes and are provided at no cost to Coaches and Volunteers.

The following must be completed in order to Coach or Volunteer with Terrace Brier Soccer Club:

  1. Register as a TBSC coach via Stacksports
  2. Complete the following tasks (see below for details):
    Background Check
    Concussion Awareness Training
    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Training
  3. Submit background check after July 1st
    SafeSport Certification

Upload completion certificates to your WA Youth Soccer Profile, under "Certificates" tab. This is the same site as your background check. (WA Youth Soccer Affinity) - login click on register in the top right.

Once complete, the TBSC Registrar will review and confirm your registration as a Volunteer/Coach with TBSC. Only then are you able to be assigned to a team. Additionally, no activity (practices, meetings, etc.) may begin for a team until at-least one coach is officially cleared.

NOTE: During Stack/TBSC registration you will also acknowledge Background Check releases and Concussion information. These are informational only applied to registration by WYS and beyond our control. The steps below are the actual processes required.

WYS Certification Help Guide

Concussion Awareness
To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, National Federation of State High School (NFHS) developed CDC comliant concussion awareness certification. This initiative offers information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports.

NFHS Concussion Awareness
Frequency: Recertification required annually, valid from date of completion.
Duration: 30 minutes or less.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one cause of death in the United States for student athletes during exercise. With content developed by Simon's Heart, this course will help you learn and recognize the warning signs and symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Online Training
Frequency: Recertification required every 3 years, valid from date of completion.
Duration: 30 minutes or less.

SafeSport Certification
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is designated by Congress through the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (pdf) to serve as the independent national safe sport organization, with the responsibility for developing policies and procedures to prevent the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of amateur athletes.

SafeSport: Online Training
Frequency: Recertification required annually, valid from date of completion.
Duration: about 60-90 minutes or less.

Returning Coaches - cancel out of the "Add Membership" panel and then "Sign In" (top right corner) to follow recertification.

New Coaches - create a member account using the access code in your TBSC registration confirmation email or contact TBSC Registrar.

Risk Management (Background Check)
WYS Risk Management
Frequency: Required annually, Background Checks all expire Mar 31st, no matter when you applied. Be sure you reapply so you are covered for appropriate season (Fall or Spring).
Background checks now require SSN - however, they do not run credit and the system is fully encrypted with WYS/Affinity not storing your SSN number.
Duration: 5 minutes or less.