Volunteer Coaches


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


Iowa City Kickers, with the assistance of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, offers a coaches training program before the start of each fall and spring season through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA).  Iowa City Kickers stresses the need for all coaches to enroll in this program and will pay the registration/renewal fee every year you participate in the league as a coach. 

Basic Level Clinic:
Involves watching one video called “Introduction to Coaching Youth Sports” and one “Sports Special” video.

Continuing Education Program:
After completing the Basic Level Clinic, coaches advance to the Continuing Education Program and do not have to attend any additional clinics.  The Continuing Education Program includes four issues of Youth Sports Journal, building your personal and comprehensive knowledge with ongoing training provided by the NYSCA Advisory Board.

What’s the Benefit?:
During each year after the initial Basic Level Clinic, coaches must sign the Code of Ethics each year. You will receive four issues of Youth Sports Journal each year.  You will also receive $1,000,000 excess liability insurance after initial certification and then $2,000,000 excess liability insurance as Coaches Club members.  As a Coaches Club member you will also receive $15,000 excess accident/medical insurance, level membership card/decal and numerous Club USA Partnership discounts.

Each year you will receive a renewal form.  All you need to do is sign the enclosed Code of Ethics card and return to the Kickers.  The Iowa City Kickers will pay the fee for you and send in your renewals.  Please contact Coaching Director Danilo Jahn for information on the certification clinic.

If you wish to use a field at the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park, reservations must be made with the City of Iowa City.  Please use this link to set up an account with the City and reserve a field:  https://apm.activecommunities.com/iowacityrecreation/Home
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.
Schools can be another location for practices.  Policies vary from school to school.  Check with your school secretary to see if a reservation is needed.