Lake Hills Soccer Club teams are coached by dedicated volunteers. Our soccer coaches are parents, grandparents, older siblings, and community members all coming together to support children as they learn and enjoy The Beautiful Game.
Lake Hills programs allow for and encourage coaches to grow along with their players. Not every coach comes to us with soccer or coaching experience. Volunteers with an enthusiastic desire to learn will find training and guidance from both Lake Hills Soccer Club and Eastside Youth Soccer Association.
All Lake Hills coaches and team managers must pass a national background check and complete training in the following areas:
- Concussion Awareness
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness
- Abuse Prevention
Email Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org for more information about coaching opportunities.
Lake Hills Soccer Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Tax ID # 23-7408465
EYSA Handbook (the rules of the game)
EYSA 2018 Handbook (The Rules)
For additional tools and guidance with coaching curriculum and techniques, please visit : EYSA Curriculum
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/or refresher courses 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.
Concussion in Youth Sport Training
This mandatory training must be completed by coaches every year.
- Instructions under revision, will be updated after guidance from WSYSA
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”.
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
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
The U8-U19 season runs September through early November. During that time, teams practice for 90 minutes twice a week and play one game a weekend, usually on Saturdays. A head coach should be available to attend and run most practices and games, but assistant coaches can and should fill in and help as needed. Coaches can handle team communications and admin themselves, or “hire” a team manager from the team’s pool of parents. Delegation is a great way to foster team community and share the work.
All U8-U19 head coaches are required to attend a club coaches meeting in late July. U13-U19 coaches must also attend their league meeting in July.
The U6 & U7 Micro Program is a lesser commitment and a great way to try coaching. Just 9 Saturday mornings 9-10:30 and a few emails to the team.
In the interest of the safety and well being of our young athletes, the following are required of all head and assistant coaches:
1. Register on TeamSnap as a coach with full legal name, address, and date of birth. (annually)
2. Apply for and pass a nationwide background check. (annually)
3. Complete Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness training and submit certificate to registrar (every 3 years)
4. Complete Abuse Prevention training (SafeSport) and submit three certificates to registrar (annually)
Coaching clinics and licensing are strongly encouraged. Coaches can be reimbursed for completed training.
Lake Hills Soccer Club team names all end with a letter and a two digit number that usually remains the same year after year.
The letter, B or G, indicates whether the team is a Boys team or a Girls team.
The number indicates the birth year of the players on the team.
Lake Hills Tornadoes B09 is a team for boys born in 2009.
Sometimes teams and players are referred to by their age level, which of course changes every year. In the example above, the Tornadoes B09 will play at the U11 age level in the 2019-20 season. In other words, in 2019 the Tornadoes will be a U11 team. The age level may also include gender, such as BU11.
Confusion can result when the birth year and play level are similar. In 2017, teams for boys and girls born in 2010 (B09 and G09) played at the U9 age level (BU9 and GU9) The following year, the teams played BU10 and GU10 but their names continued to include B09 or G09 based on the player birth year.
The LHSC Equipment Chair distributes equipment from the club storage facility on several different nights in late July and early August. Specific dates and times are communicated at the summer coaches meeting and emailed to coaches.
Email Equipment@lakehillssoccer.org with questions.
Links to local resources: http://www.lakehillssoccer.org/coaches/licenses-and-education/
Once the team roster is released, head coaches seek parent volunteers from the team. If parents know in advance that they want to work together as coaches, the registrar or program chair should be contacted before June 1 so player/team assignments are made accordingly. After rosters are released, players will not be moved to accommodate co-coaching requests.
The Mod Clinic is one of each U8-U10 team’s two weekly practices. All LHSC teams in an age group (U8-U10) gather at one location each week in September and October. Club Clinicians work on skills and drills with coaches and players; Clinicians are also available to answer questions and offer support to coaches.
After rosters are released to coaches in June, the LHSC Competition Chair requests the coach’s input on a survey. Coaches are asked to gauge how well the team did in the past season and to guesstimate whether they believe the team should be moved into a more or less challenging division for the next season. The competition chair, in conjunction with the league use that information along with past season standings and other league data to place all teams in a division to provide them with a FUN and competitive season.
Placing dozens of teams in divisions is a complicated process, as is writing the actual schedules for all of the teams’ games. Moving a team to a different division after the season starts is not possible. The coach should consult with LHSC Competition Chair and/or Rec Program Chair to find ways to maximize player development while still exercising good sportsmanship.
Our team was not in the right division this year, we won/lost all of our games. How do we ensure that we can change divisions next year?
In order to ensure that ALL teams land in a division where they can be as challenged and competitive as possible, coaches need to provide input. In late June/early July coaches are asked to fill out a survey regarding their teams’ relative strength. Coach feedback is important in all cases. Along with feedback, the league takes the past season record into account when placing teams. In general, the top 1-2 teams in a division are moved up and the bottom 1-2 teams are moved down a division WHEN POSSIBLE. The number of teams in an age group changes from year to year, so the number of divisions sometimes does as well. For example: If an age group changes from having three divisions to two, it’s not possible for the team at the bottom of Division 2 to move down, however their division will likely have teams from the previous year’s Division 3, so the placement is likely to be more appropriate. Team-specific questions should be directed to the LHSC Competition Chair so they can be answered in the context of that that team’s age group and divisions.