Coaching Registration for 2020 NOW OPEN!
Volunteer coaches are the life blood of our organization. Without them, we couldn't do what we do. The executive board will chose head coaches from the pool of applicants. Please note, all head coaches are required to be voting members of the club, meaning they have attended 4 of the previous 12 monthly meetings prior to the start of the season. Our meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at Paradise By The Slice.
Recent changes to Pennsylvania law regarding background checks for volunteers went into effect July 1, 2015. These background checks are required for adults and are conducted to determine if a volunteer or employee has been convicted of any serious felonies or sex crimes, or has been identified as a perpetrator in a substantiated case of child abuse. 23 Pa.C.S. § 6344(c)(2). Also, any convictions of a drug offense within the past five years will also disqualify an individual from serving as a volunteer who works with children. 23 Pa.C.S. § 6344(c)(3).
Effective immediately, all volunteers who have direct contact with children must have the following documents on file with CWLSFA.
Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History (PATCH)
Beginning August 25, 2015, all volunteers will be required to obtain certifications every 60 months. If an individual or agency, however, elects to renew all certifications at the same time, the date of the oldest certification, rather than the most recent, is the date to be used for the renewal date.
While the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania only requires certifications to be obtained every 60 months, the CWLSFA has chosen to require updated Criminal History and Child Abuse Clearances prior to EVERY football season for all coaches. The state will only provide a free Child Abuse Clearance every 57 months. An updated clearance prior to 57 months will cost $8 per clearance. We feel this is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of the youth of our program, and if you desire a refund of the $8 charge, we will gladly provide you with one. Please print and provide the receipt provided by the website.
Unless CWLSFA has all three of these documents on file, we cannot allow volunteers to interact with our players. Knowingly allowing such contact is a class 3 misdemeanor, so we cannot make exceptions even if the clearance has been applied for and is on its way. Volunteer coaches should act now to obtain all of these clearances to have them back as soon as possible.
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If you'd like to dive into the OFFICIAL explanation from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services you can at the link below:
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