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Mason Dixon Soccer League

Volunteer for MDSL

The Mason Dixon Soccer League is a non-profit organization that runs solely on charitable contributions and player registration fees. We are always looking for volunteers. It is rewarding to be involved, especially if you have students interested in the sport. Not to mention, it can be a positive bonding experience for both you and your child. Available positions include coaches/assistant coaches and field maintenance.

MDSL is also currently looking for referees for our IM (intramural) games. Referees must be in high school and soccer experience is strongly preferred. If interested, please email [email protected]

One of our greatest needs is for coaches, especially in the IM program. If you are interested in becoming a coach/assistant coach, you do not need to have a high level of experience in soccer. Our league offers a variety of resources to help with this task including coaches clinics, online tutorials, and experienced coaches who are more than happy to provide advice. Please look over the board members page to find the appropriate contact information for the age group in which you would like to apply.


Mason Dixon prides itself on good sportsmanship, love of soccer and in generating a greater interest in the sport in a fun and comfortable environment for all players and their families. Please come join us!

Volunteer Clearances

Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the Mason Dixon Soccer League. We are very thankful that you have expressed an interest in volunteering.

Effective July 2016, new PA Child Protection Laws will require background checks for coaches, assistant coaches, and applicable volunteers. These checks will be required to be renewed every 5 years. Additionally, in 2017 the US Congress passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act. Coaches and assistant coaches are required to complete Concussion training, SafeSport Training, and certify EPYSA Risk Management statements annually. These requirements are listed below in 5 simple steps. For detailed directions on completing the clearances please scroll to the bottom of this page.

PA/FBI background checks are valid for 5 years and must not expire prior to the end of this season.  Concussion, Risk Management and Safesport certification is required annually and must not expire prior to the end of the season.

Questions can be emailed to [email protected]



Clearance Requirements Checklist:

1) Create an account with EPYSA

If you or your child does not already have a gotsoccer account, you will need to create one.

Use this link to create a new coaching account  https://system.gotsport.com/programs/81541Q579?reg_role=coach
Login using this link if you already have a coaching account through gotsport https://system.gotsport.com

Once you have logged into your account, choose the dashboard tab. In the dashboard of your new account you will see a place to upload your clearances and links to complete annual clearances. 

If you do not see this in your dashboard try these 2 steps: 1. check you email to confirm your coaching account 2. choose the family link on the left side of the screen in gotsport and choose your name from the list, then click dashboard again. If you need assistance email [email protected].


2) FBI Background CheckComplete A if you have lived in PA for the past 10 years. Complete B if you have not lived in PA for 10 years. 


ASigned disclaimer affirming no charges in other states that would prohibit selection as a volunteer. (Free)

Download the DHS disclosure statement template for adult volunteers who have lived in PA for the past 10 years.  Please print, sign & date in front of a witness, and have the witness sign as well. 


B. FBI Criminal Background Check (fingerprint check) for federal criminal history records

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is using IDEMIA to process fingerprint-based FBI criminal background checks. The fingerprint based background check is a multiple step process. For more information and to begin the registration process, go to https://www.identogo.com The standard DHS code for volunteers is 1KG6ZJ. This clearance takes time, so start this a.s.a.p.

 

Upload the clearance to your gotsport account. (Valid for 5 years, must not expire prior to the end of the season)



3) Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check

Apply for the PA State Police Criminal Record Check online: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Click “New Record Check” Volunteers Only. "No Record” certificates will be displayed on the computer screen in about one to two minutes after submitting a request and by clicking the No Record word on the screen, your certificate can be saved and/or printed.

Upload the certificate to your gotsport account. (Valid for 5 years, must not expire prior to the end of the season)

If you have questions about the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Checks form (SP4 164), please call: (717) 783-9973 or toll free 1-888-783-7972.



4) ChildLine (PA Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services)


Apply for Child Abuse History Clearance Online: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home


Create an account and submit your clearance application online. Mason Dixon Soccer is not eligible to create an organizational account, so please create one as an individual. This will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately.  

Upload the certificate to your gotsport account. (Valid for 5 years, must not expire prior to the end of the season)


5) Complete the Heads Up Concussion Training

Click on the link provided in your gotsport account. This will take you to an online module to complete. Once you complete the module, save your certificate. This clearance should automatically update in your gotsport account, but you may also choose to save your certificate for your records.(Valid for 1 year, must not expire prior to the end of the season)

6) Complete the SafeSport Training

Click on the link provided in your gotsport account. Select U.S. Soccer and use the access code provided in your gotsport account. This is an online module that must be completed. If you have completed this before, complete the refresher course. Once you complete the module, save your certificate. This clearance should automatically update in your gotsport account, but you may also choose to save your certificate for your records. (Valid for 1 year, must not expire prior to the end of the season)

7) Certify the EPYSA Risk Management statements

Read and certify each statement. Sign your name directly on the screen. (Valid for 1 year, must not expire prior to the end of the season)



All completed checks should be uploaded to your EPYSA account created in Step 1.
 These clearances will be reviewed by the compliance officer. 


 

MORE INFORMATION: 


PA State Check

The Pennsylvania State Police has established a web-based computer application called “Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History,” (PATCH) to process criminal background check requests. 

  • Go to the PATCH website at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp and then click on “Submit a New Record Check (Volunteers Only) ” to start the online process.

  • “No Record” certificates will be displayed on the computer screen in about one to two minutes after submitting a request.

  • Print the “no record’ certificate and upload to your coaches account.


Child Abuse History Clearance

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has established a web-based computer system for the processing of child abuse history clearances.

Instructions:

  • Please go to the following website: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home and click the create individual account button

  • Click the blue “Next” button.

  • Enter all of the requested information in order to create a Keystone ID and then click the blue “Finish” button.

  • Go to the email account used to setup your Keystone ID and open the email from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the temporary password (you will receive two emails).

  • Copy your temporary password and click on the “Child Welfare Portal” link in the email message.

  • Click on “Individual Login”.

  • Click on “ACCESS MY CLEARANCES” on the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Information Solution website.

  • Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click “CONTINUE”.

  • Enter your Keystone ID and your temporary password on the next page and click “LOGIN”. You will be prompted to select a permanent password. Create your password and the system will automatically log you out of the program. Log back in using your Keystone ID and your new password.

  • Read the “My Child Welfare Account Terms and Conditions” and then click the “I have read, fully understand and agree to the My Child Welfare Account Terms and Conditions” radio button before clicking the “NEXT” button.

  • Click “CONTINUE” after reviewing the next page.

  • Click “CREATE CLEARANCE APPLICATION” at the top of the next page.

  • Review the next page which notes all of the information that will be needed in order to submit the electronic application and then click “BEGIN” at the bottom of the page.

  • Select application purpose as “Volunteer Having Contact with Children:…” and then select the “Volunteer Category” as “Other” and enter Mason Dixon Soccer League as “Agency Name”.

  • Enter and verify your personal information on the next page before clicking “NEXT” at the bottom of the screen.

  • Enter and verify your current address and delivery method of your child abuse clearance on the next page before clicking “NEXT” at the bottom of the screen.

  • On the next several screens you will be asked to provide your previous addresses and list anyone who has lived with you at any point in time from 1975 to the present. After entering all information confirm the information on the “Application Summary” page before clicking “NEXT” at the bottom of the screen.

  • Provide your eSignature on the next page and click “NEXT”.

  • Click the “No” radio button on the “Application Payment” screen and click “SUBMIT APPLICATION”.

  • Click “FINALIZE AND SUBMIT APPLICATION” on the next page.

  • Record your e-Clearance ID for your records on the “Submission Confirmation” page and then click “GO TO PA CHILD ABUSE HISTORY CLEARANCE ACCOUNT”.

  • If your clearance processes immediately, click “To view the result, click here.” next to “Your application has been processed.” and print/save a copy of the response. Otherwise, you will receive an email notifying you when your clearance has been processed. Follow the link in the email message to log back into your account and view the completed clearance. Keep a copy of the clearance for your records and submit a copy of the clearance to MDSL.

 


Visit the PA Department of Human Services’ website related to these new laws—Keep Kids Safe PA: www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/

For questions related to the new clearance requirements for volunteers or the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, please contact the DHS ChildLine Verification Unit at 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422.


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