Effective July 1, 2015, per PA State Law, all coaches must complete the clearances required by the 2015 amendments to the PA Child Protective Services Law. The PA Child Protective Services Law changed effective January 1, 2015. The change no longer permits organizations like Old Allegheny Soccer to conduct background checks through a third party provider. All background checks must be completed using the provider designated by PA per the requirements of the law.
Volunteers must provide the following:
-State Police Criminal Record Check
-PA Child Abuse History Clearance
-if PA resident for at least 10 continuous years…a complete and notarized Volunteer affidavit
-if PA resident for less than 10 continuous years…FBI Criminal Background Check
Volunteers are required to comply with the law beginning July 1, 2015.
How To Obtain Your Background Checks:
PA State Police Report:
PA State Police Criminal Record Checks cost is no FREE and can be obtained online by visiting the State Police web site - Click Here. Old Allegheny Soccer will reimburse you for this expense.
Child Abuse History Report:
PA Child Abuse History Clearances may be made online - Click Here. The cost is now FREE.
FBI Criminal Background Check:
To request an FBI Fingerprint Clearance (approximate cost-27.50): Click Here Please note: This link will take you to the page managed by Cogent for the state of PA to help individuals attain an FBI clearance. The Department of Human Services link is your preferable option. Old Allegheny Soccer will reimburse you for this expense.
Volunteer Qualification Affidavit (PDF): Click Here. You will need to print out this form, take it to a Notary, complete the form, and sign it in presence of a notary. Please bring your Driver's License or suitable picture ID with you, as you may be asked for identification. Please give these forms to Mark Masterson. You can scan and email them to him at email@example.com.
Please DO NOT delay in beginning the process of securing your new clearances as some take a few weeks to return and the delay could prevent you from being eligible to take the field for training or play.
Old Allegheny Soccer reimburses all coaches, in house referees, and other key volunteers who are required to get these clearances.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Masterson, our President and the officer in charge of clearances. Mark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org