Lake Hills Soccer Club is 501(c)(3) non profit that has served youth in Northeast Bellevue Washington since 1963. The club is led by dedicated volunteers who aim to share their love of soccer with the community.
Here are some ways YOU can join...
Our young athletes depend upon volunteer coaches. Without coaches, teams cannot be formed and youth will not be able to play.
Coaching as a parent is a wonderful way to spend time with your child and connect with their peers in a fun and healthy environment. Parents who coach find that the rewards also include a stronger connection with the community, feelings of accomplishment, and regular outdoor exercise!
It is helpful to have experience coaching, teaching, or working with youth, however experience is not required, especially at the younger age levels. Knowledge of soccer is also helpful, but more than one successful LHSC coach has learned the game starting with the basics at Micro and growing through club and league educational support.
Enthusiasm and a positive attitude will get any parent off to a great start.
Time commitment for Recreational ranges from 2-10 hours per week in late summer through mid-November. High school students may earn Community Service hours as Micro coaches or as assistants in our U8+ Rec program.
Not able to lead the players on the field? Serving as Team Manager is a great way to help a coach with off the field responsibilities such as updating the team's schedule page, organizing snacks and carpools, and planning a post season celebration to bring team families together. Your talents can help bond a team and give children life-long memories.
Time commitment for Recreational teams is generally 1-2 hours per week or less in late summer through mid-November.
Reach out to your player's coach when the roster is released to find out how you can help!
Board of Directors
Our club has a long tradition of volunteer leadership that dates back to the 1960's when a few dedicated lovers of the game formed LHSC and Eastside Youth Soccer Association.
The Board of Directors consists of coaches, community members, and parents of current and past players who all share in the club mission of promoting soccer for ALL local youth. A range of jobs need to be done each year so that teams can take the field. Board members can take personal satisfaction in knowing that their time and energy allowed hundreds of children the opportunity to play soccer in our community.
Feel free to reach out to the Club President or any board member to learn about how you might get involved.
Technically, this is not a volunteer role because referees are PAID for every game they officiate!
Adults and youth ages 13+ can take a class, get licensed, and start working as a paid referee.
As much as our young athletes depend upon volunteer coaches, they also need referees for every league game. Experience coaching, teaching, or working with youth is helpful, but not required, especially at the younger age levels. The time commitment for referees varies because they choose how many games to ref on any given day. Many parents and players find that they enjoy the new perspective on the game gained by spending some time carrying the whistle or the flag.
LAKE HILLS SOCCER CLUB VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS
All LHSC coaches, team managers, and board members must complete the following...
- Register with the club each year, updating contact information as needed. Please read the buttons below and register for the appropriate level.
- Complete Heads Up Concussion certification every year.
- Complete SafeSport online training and submit SafeSport Trained certificate to LHSC Registrar every year.
- Complete certification in Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness every three years.
- AFTER all certificates are completed, apply for and clear a nationwide background check through the Washington Youth Soccer Risk Management Application (RMA) system.
Link to access Washington Youth Soccer site for Coaches/Volunteers/BOD/Administrators/Contractors:
On the above page, scroll down and download the instructions document "How to do the Back Ground Check and required certificates"
If you're new to the WSYSA system, you should expect to create a new account in Affinity (page 23 of How to document)
If you completed SafeSport last year, you can use this link to take the refresher course:
Need assistance? Call Affinity Customer Support 1.888.213.3999
The How to document is the best way to access all required training but more detail about each is provided below.
Coaches will not have access to team rosters or practice fields until all of the above are completed.
RMA Risk Management Application
A Risk Management Application (RMA) needs to be completed and cleared by every LHSC volunteer EVERY YEAR. This includes coaches, trainers, team managers, team photographers, etc.
All 2019-20 RMA background checks will expire on 04/30/2020 regardless of application date
Need assistance call Affinity 1.888.213.3999
Direct link to Washington Youth Soccer Affinity Page:
Use your legal first and last name when creating an account and completing the application.
Within the application be sure to choose "Lake Hills Youth Soccer Club" in the Club Additional Information section.
Volunteers under the age of eighteen (18)
- If the minor is a new volunteer, parent/guardian must call Affinity Sports to set up an ADMIN account for the minor
- Affinity Sports: 1-888-213-3999 (M-F 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM, S&S 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
- Once the account is set up and the volunteer's SafeSport certificate has been uploaded to the account, minor volunteers should complete the 2019-20 background check application with a parent present (LHSC Registrar will upload the certificate, just be sure to email it to her!)
- Returning minor volunteers should log in to Affinity with their existing account. Contact Affinity Sports if you cannot access the account.
- Minor RMA Instructions
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness
On July 24, 2015, Senate Bill 5083 – also known as the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Act – became effective. The law mandates that ALL coaches (paid or volunteer) at organizations using public school district facilities in the State of Washington are educated in the nature and risk of sudden cardiac arrest prior to the first practice/competition.
The training takes approximately 15 minutes and is available for free at https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61032.
Certification is valid for three years.
- Go to: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Online Training
- Select "Order Course"
- First time users, click on "Register Here"
- Set up your account, verify your email; then
- Select "Courses" at the top;
- Use the search bar to find "Sudden Cardiac Arrest"; then
- Float the pointer over course and select "View Course"; then
- Select "Order Course" and follow the prompts through checkout;
- Access and complete the course.
- DOWNLOAD and save your certificate of completion
- Save your certificate so you have record of your expiration
SafeSport Abuse Prevention
On February 14th, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was enacted by Congress and became federal law.
The Act creates a new ‘standard of care’ for all organizations providing youth sport programming. In short, the new Act requires Prevention Training and Prevention Policies.
As a member of US Youth Soccer, and Washington Youth Soccer, Lake Hills Soccer Club now requires all coaches, managers, and board members to complete the training linked below and submit certificates to the Club Registrar.
Allow up to 2.5 hours for completion. Certificates are valid for 1 year.
A refresher course is also required. More info coming soon.
- Go to: http://safesport.org/authentication/register?token=ee57337f-31f9-421d-b095-82fc8c8c4c41
- Use Access Code: YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M
- Confirm that ‘U.S. Soccer’ membership is on your profile as you set up your account; Add US Soccer if not shown.
- Check your email, confirm SafeSport account, and log in.
- Start training with "Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education" activity.
- Complete all three activities and download ONLY the SafeSport Trained certificate
WHAT IS THE SAFESPORT “REFRESHER” TRAINING COURSE?
Anyone who HAS completed the Core SafeSport Training requirement, should complete Refresher 1: Recognizing and Reporting Misconduct.
Participants can simply go to https://safesport.org and sign in.
The Refresher course will be available on the “Learning Dashboard”.