Volunteer Coaches


Terry Trueblood Lodge


The Fall Equipment Pickup has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 1 at the Terry Trueblood Lodge, 4213 Sand Rd SE, Iowa City, IA  52240. If you are coaching a Kindergarten through 2nd grade team, please come between 6pm and 7pm.  If you are coaching a 3rd grade through high school team, please come between 7pm and 8pm.  Rosters, schedules, player awards, balls/cones, goalie jerseys, and uniforms for grades 3 and up will be available.  This will be the only day that equipment is available at this location.  If you cannot attend on this date, please make arrangements to send a representative from your team.





HEAD COACH BACKGROUND CHECKS

Criminal background screening on Head Coaches is conducted by an outside third party which specializes in such work, and overseen (in specific instances) by a screening committee, a subset of a the Kickers board. This is executed in an effort to protect the children who participate in organized soccer activities.
 
The criminal background screening is MANDATORY.
If you are returning coach who has already completed a background check during a previous season, you will be notified when it is time for you to be rescreened.
 
All Head Coaches must sign a Release Form for Criminal History which gives Kickers the right to check criminal history records. This is executed directly through a secure site administrated by Protect Youth Sports - a partner of the National Alliance for Youth Sports.
Click on the Protect Youth Sports logo below to send your release form.

No other personal information (e.g. work history, financial, credit, etc.) is checked or researched. The company executing background checks has agreed to such terms contractually, and confirms such direction annually. The company does not forwards any individual's information to the club when no issues are discovered.
 
In the event information surfaces via the background check, a screening committee will review such background check information to determine coaching eligibility. Only members of the screening committee will review data obtained. All information is strictly confidential and will not be made public under any circumstances. All criminal history record information will be destroyed at the end of the current Kickers season.

The following offenses will result in automatic disqualification:
  • Any sex offenses regardless of the time past since offense occurred
  • Any felony offenses within the past 15 years
  • Any misdemeanor violence offenses within the past 7 years
  • Any misdemeanor drug or alcohol offense within the past year or multiple offenses within the past 5 years
  • Any other misdemeanor within the past 5 years which would be considered a potential danger to children or is directly related to the volunteer functions of the applicant





USSF "F" LICENSE

https://sites.google.com/a/ickickers.org/home/F%20License%20Access%20-%20A%20Step-by-Step%20Tutorial.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
All first time Kickers coaches will be required to obtain the USSF "F" license.  There is no personal charge to Kickers coaches to obtain this lifetime license.  The class will also be made available to any returning coach who wishes to obtain the license.  The "F" license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online.  The focus of this course is to share US Soccer's best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.  Coaches for older age group will also benefit from the online resources.  When you are ready to start, please contact us by email kickers@ickickers.org and you will be given an access code to use to complete the license at no personal cost to you.  Then click on the US Soccer Graphic and begin.


CONCUSSION AWARENESS TRAINING FROM THE CDC

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/index.html

HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches helping to keep athletes safe from concussion.  It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think your athlete might have a concussion.








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RESERVING FIELDS
If you wish to use a field at the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park on Mon-Thursday, reservations must be made with the City of Iowa City.  Reservations cannot be made for Friday/Saturday/Sundays.   Click on the ICPR logo to set up an account with the City and reserve a field.There is no charge to Kickers coaches reserving a field at the soccer park for practice. Practices can be held at any other city park or green space without making a reservation.S chools can be another location for practices.  Policies vary from school to school. Check with your school secretary to see if a reservation is needed.