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.
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:
NATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS COACHES ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATION
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.
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 Theo Opitz 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.