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Information for Coaches

The Ohio Soccer Association (OSA) requires that any coach, trainer, board member, league/club staff or other adult participant is registered and is "Safe Soccer (Risk) approved." Please see the linked documents if you are a NEW COACH or RETURNING COACH to learn more about the process.


  1. You must register as coach with the background check and have current concussion training to have team roster. You are also required to complete the Safe Sport training and the Heart Saver training. A roster will not be given for games unless the coach is registered and has completed the training requirements.

  2. Review Lindsay’s Law information within registration. Information sheet on AED use is shown below.  The device is stored in coaches’ equipment room.  Generally, AED use will be reviewed on opening day coaches meeting.

  3. Harassment training/information in registration

  4. Any parent on the sidelines must be registered as coach.  Parents are not permitted to just stand with team by the bench.

Coach Registration:

You will register as a coach on the same Demosphere site that you would register a child. After registration there you will be sent an email from Players Health. You will use the case sensitive code where it notes payment shown below. The Concussion Training and the Lindsay's Law training can be done as noted below. Contact Kristina Scott if you have a problem registering.


This is the code to use for payment and it is case sensitive OSAREC2122SCASA

  1. Use your email associated with your Demosphere account

  2. Click HERE to login

  3. Click on the Risk Mgmt tab (see screenshot below)

  4. Click on the "Player's Health Sign In"

  5. Follow the steps to complete your risk assessments


  • No one risk requirement can expire during the middle of a seasonal year

  • Background Check is required every two years and can take an average of 3-5 business days to process

  • Concussion Training is required every two years (valid dates include June 15, 2020 through current date) and is the only requirement completed outside of your risk account through either the CDC of NFHS training. You will be required to upload your completed concussion certificate into your risk account. 

  • Lindsay's Law is required annually and is completed directly through your risk account. You will just need to electronically sign off on the video. 

  • SafeSport Training is required annually and is completed directly through your risk account. 

  • Upon completion of all requirements, your risk dashboard will be empty (blank screen) and will sync back to Demosphere as approved. 

  • You do not need to upload a photo into your risk account. 


  • Items you will be communicating to parents/players: schedules/referees/weather/fields and field condition, equipment, game strategy

  • Scheduling and cancelling games: call the assigned referee and opposing team’s coach. Use WASA Field # if weather is an issue.  You will be the final arbiter on whether field conditions are acceptable for play.

  • Inventory Return: Return tote after the last game to Rick Ferrell’s office or place in the coaches’ room

  • Field maintenance/trash pickup: coaches, parents, and players are all equally responsible for cleaning up after games or practices

  • Inventory: The following items will be provided: pennies, shirts, socks game ball, medical kit, goalie gloves, goalie shirt, and at least 10 practice cones. 

  • AED device overview for Sudden Cardiac Arrest 

  • Coaching expectation/inform parents about work parties /practices and game schedules

    • Practices/games: Soccer 101 Training Plans emailed weekly TeamSnap

    • Communications parents/players use of messaging on

    • Assistant/manager: Background registration

    • Background Check and Concussion training required to get roster for games.  You will also need to complete Cardiac training module and safe play module.

    • Rules of game/pass out player packet and sell Outback Steakhouse raffle tickets-parents can also sell if interested.)

    • You are responsible for instructing/personal learning.  We send you Soccer 101 weekly and you can call Dave Hahn (740-310-4951) for assistance or work with one of our experienced coaches.

    • Prior to games, make a safety check of field and goals. Ensure that the goals are anchored, and the net is attached.

    • You must register as coach with the background check and have current concussion to have name on roster.  No roster for games unless coach is registered

    • Lindsay’s Law in registration. Karolyn Fox information on AED use

    • Harassment training/information in registration

    • Any parent on the sidelines must be registered as coach.  Parents are not permitted to just stand with team

    • With younger and some older teams, snacks and beverages are provided after game.  Players should always bring own water and appropriate size ball.

  • Parent /player information

    • Parents meet with coaches/team Introduce, give schedule and expectations.  Our SCASA rules state all players showing up for game should play 50%

    • Talk about schedule/handouts schedule contact numbers

    • Talk about communications

    • Get an assistant for calls/calling tree

    • Plan practices; can use drills /ideas from Soccer 101 which is mailed weekly.

    • Coach’s expectation should be in line with the age group you are coaching.  Use Soccer 101 and resource links on this web site.  Use Dave Hahn or someone with soccer experience.

  • Age group emphasis

    • Kiddie Kick is about beginning play in groups and having fun. This is a more relaxed experience than the Pre-Travel.

    • Pre-Travel is about having fun and learning basics.  If you do or don’t have experience Soccer 101 is a great guide.  Make sure you are receiving.

    • U-10: emphasis should be on personal skills and some minimal technical training at the rec level.  Small-sided games for practices are excellent. Again, see Soccer 101 for assistance.

    • U12: emphasis is a balance between defense, offense, personal skills, and more specific technical skills. Soccer 101 is great reference and soccer resources on this page are good for specifics.

    • U14-15: emphasis should now shift to more technical training, but this depends on the soccer skills of your players.  Continue to go through skill drills which should now involve field strategy.  Soccer 101 can be good assist as well resources on web site.

  • Have Fun and expand your knowledge of soccer

    • Remember IT’S FOR THE KIDS

    • You need to have fun with it and don’t overcoach. Overcoaching occurs when a coach is excessively instructing the team while they are playing (i.e. yelling for each player to move where you want them to be or what you want them to do). Do most of your instruction prior to game and in practice, at halftime, or sub out the player, explain, then put them back in. You have unlimited subbing.

There are many links under coaches resources, which will help you understand the game and skill building for your team.

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