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Becoming an RPSA Volunteer

The process for becoming a coach is very easy. The first step is to become a member of RPSA , this can be accomplished by attending the monthly RPSA general meeting. Our meetings are held in the RP Civic Center 159 Park St Ridgefield Park, NJ every third Monday of the month at 7:30pm.  We welcome any parent who would like to learn more about our association and our programs, our association is made up of volunteers and volunteers off the field of play are welcome too !

Next steps to become a coach:
RPSA participates in the Northern Counties Soccer Association which is a member of US Club Soccer, the governing body for the majority of youth soccer programs in the United States.  The process for becoming a coach is outlined on the US Club Soccer website. US Club Soccer requires completion of the following Player Health and Safety Initiatives by all staff members registering with US Club Soccer.  These steps are in place for the safety and protection of all players. 

  1. Become “SafeSport Trained.” [Instructions in following section] – effective as of the 2018-19 registration year
    The U.S. Center for SafeSport online training covers the following subjects: sexual abuse, hazing, bullying, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, harassment (non-sexual) as well as reporting obligations. There are three modules required to become “SafeSport Trained”: a) Mandatory Reporting: Understanding Your Responsibilities; b) Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education; and c) Emotional and Physical Misconduct.
  2. Complete Sideline Sports Doc (SSD) online course. [usclubsoccer.sidelinesportsdoc.com/]
    This training program includes a six-chapter online course, as well as downloadable .pdf/e-book and .mp3 products, designed to improve on-field triage of key injury situations. The course incorporates U.S. Soccer’s “Concussions in Soccer” video and other Recognize to Recover content. The chapters are: 1) The SAFE Method – initial evaluation of an on-field injury, 2) Ankle and foot injuries, 3) Concussion, 4) Fractures, 5) Heat illness, and 6) Knee injuries.
  3. Complete background screening. [US Club Soccer Background Screening Application]
    Beyond a variety of national sources, our level of screening generally includes a direct county/state of residence criminal record search for all counties in which an individual has lived within the past seven years, regardless of whether any “hits” appear on the national database searches.


The link to the US Soccer website staff registration page is here: https://www.usclubsoccer.org/staff-registration

Parents please take a moment to read through our Return to Play protocols, if there are any questions please contact us at rpsasoccer@gmail.com 

New to Soccer? Start Here

"I dont know soccer" RPSA reimburses all member coaches for any expenses towards a completed coaching certifcation course. We encourage all coaches to attend US Soccer's Grassroots Courses, these courses are available online and in person. We believe these classes provide the tools needed for a parent to be an effective coach and create the right atmosphere for our kids. We are focused on developing players, not winning games !


PARENTS AND ATHLETES

Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Ridgefield Park Soccer Association experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

New to SportsEngine?

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.

STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM

Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


ESSENTIAL PARENT HOW-TO'S

Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This list of articles will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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