Milltown United Soccer

Coach Registration

MILLTOWN REGISTRATION FOR COACHES

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ FALL 2020 AUGMENTED COACH REGISTRATION PROCEDURE!!     (Updated 6/5/20)

Coaches, while we are both hopeful and optimistic that we can return to play in the fall, we have to be realistic about our current environment and the possibility that fall sports might be impacted. In effort to best balance being prepared for the season and containing costs we are asking for your help with a simple change to our registration process. The steps below all apply and we are asking coaches to stil complete all steps as soon as possible with the exception of the background check. Once a background check is entered, whether we host a season or not, the club is responsible for approximately a non-refundable $15 charge per coach. Here what we'd like you to do:

1- Please do step 1 as soon as possible. This is the best way for us to know you are indeed returning to coach and will ensure you get all emails that go out to coaches. 

2- To complete step 2, you will need a registration code and instructions from the club that will differ if you have did this abuse course last year or if you are a new coach to the club. Please watch your email after completing step 1 for a follow up email on the abuse training. You should see this email within one week of completing step 1. If you do not, please reach out to milltownregistrar@gmail.com to request the course information. 

FOR NOW, skip step 3. As we get closer and more confident that fall season will happen we will open up the background check link and email all coaches to complete that step. Entering the backgroud information is a quick task and once you are asked to complete it, please do it asap to ensure all checks are complete for a timely start for your team. To be clear, it is still mandatory, we are just asking for a temporary pause.

3- Update your concussion training per the links below. 

4- While the background check link is closed, you should still be able to login to your Affinity account and upload both your abuse and concussion certificate. It is important that you do this before we open up the background link. 

In summary, please still follow all the instructions below with the exception of Step 3. 

Thanks for your patience and compliance. We understand the coach registration process is a bit cumbersome and are always looking for ways to make it smoother while still remaining compliant with state and federal regulations. 

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Thank you for your interest in coaching with Milltown.  All of our coaches are volunteers, and they are critical to the success of our club.

 If you have coached with us in the past: Welcome back! Please follow the steps listed below to register for the upcoming season.  

 If you are considering coaching with Milltown for the first time: Welcome! We appreciate your interest, and we are always in need of coaches in various age groups. You don't have to be a professional soccer player, or even have much of a background in soccer, to be an effective coach. It is far more important that you are able to work in a positive way with kids, and are willing to develop your coaching skills and knowledge of the game over time.  Milltown is committed to helping coaches of all ability levels be successful so that children and adults alike can have positive experiences. If you have any questions about becoming a coach for Milltown, please do not hesitate to contact us. Or, if you are ready to take the plunge, follow the steps below to register as a coach.

Instructions to Register as a Milltown Coach:

Due to some recent changes in our process, we ask that you do these steps in order as listed below.

Step 1:  Register as a coach in our registration system, Stack Sports
This MUST be done for EVERY season you intend on coaching. (While you are at it, please make sure your email address and contact information are current). This process will take you less than 5 minutes.  We need you in our Stack Sports system so we can assign you team information, and this is also how you will be sure to get coaching emails.

Please note; If you are registered in the system as a parent that is NOT the same thing. If you have registered as a coach in a prior season you will still need to register for the current season. Use the link below to login into your registration account where you will be able to register yourself as a coach.  

Click here to register with Stack Sports

Step 2:  Complete Abuse Prevention Training
In February 2018 Congress passed a bill that was signed by the President bringing into law Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act that makes it mandatory for sports organizations to report the sexual abuse of athletes to law enforcement or social services within 24 hours.  This training will affect club administrators, head and assistant coaches and team managers. The state is requiring a 25 minute online training to completed by all adults in those roles. We appreciate your willingness to keep children safe. Please use the following link to access and complete the abuse training. 

Click here to access mandatory online Abuse Training

After completing your abuse training please click here to log in and upload a PDF of your certificate of completion into the Affinity site along with your concussion training (Step 4) and background check.

Step 3:  Complete a background check
(Please do not complete this step until you have completed and uploaded your abuse training certificate.) Each year you must complete the background check information in Affinity, the State's registration system. Coaches will not be assigned to a team without this step complete, no exceptions. A background check is required EVERY fall session. A fall background check will carry over to a spring season if you coach back to back seasons, but a spring regsitraiton will not carry into the fall. 

Click here for Affinity background check

Step 4: Complete Concussion Training
Beginning January 1, 2014, Oregon law requires coaches to be trained in recognizing signs of concussion and to know how to respond appropriately to concussions when they occur. Milltown stands behind this legislation 100% and requires ALL coaches to complete concussion training annually.  What do we mean by annually? Your training must expire after the scheduled completion date of the current season.  If you have a registration from another sport that is current, chance are we will probably accept that if you can provide the proof of competion and date of completion.  Please plan on approximately 20-25 minutes to thoroughly complete this important training.  Please upload a PDF of your certificate of completion into the Affinity site along with your abuse training and background check.

Access Concussion Awareness Training

After completing your concussion awareness training please click here to log in and upload a PDF of your certificate of completion into the Affinity site along with your abuse training and background check.

  *****Please note, until the background check has been cleared you will not be assigned to a roster.  And until we have a current concussion training and the abuse verification from all coaches associated with your team, we will not assign your team a practice field. *****

Step 5: Email our Registrar
Once you have completed the registration, email the registrar at milltownregistrar@gmail.com with your intentions of coaching.  Many coaches skip this step and this too often leads to confusion.  Please mention your full name and the school and age group you would like to coach.  Adding the name of your child is also helpful to ensure you end up on the same team.  The system cannot actually place a coach on a team until the background check clears.  In some cases those coaches are inadvertently not placed at all.  Contacting the registrar will ensure you are correctly placed with a team in a timely manner if a position is open.

Finally, a bit of stern fine print...
We do require 100% compliance with these basic steps.  Any person found to be on the field without having been background checked or having completed the concussion training will have their privilege of working with the kids suspended and this could affect a team's play time.  This is for the well-being of everyone involved.  Thanks for your cooperation. (See, we are stern but friendly about it).

Other things to keep in mind
Every year Milltown offers several coaching clinics to help coaches become familiar and comfortable working with kids, designing age appropriate activities, and learning how to most effectively structure practices.  These benefit everyone from the soccer novice to experienced players and coaches.  They make designing practices easier, and they are usually targeted to provide specific information that is AGE APPROPRIATE.  Even the most experienced coach often needs instruction on dealing with the limited abilities of small children.  We will help you in setting your expectations for the age range you will be working with.

We will post clinic schedules in advance of each season on our coaching clinics page. Registered coaches will also receive schedules by email.

We do also offer opportunities to have a licensed coach attend your practices to help give you and the kids helpful tips.

Our website also contains a lot of information about expectations and general structure of the age groups along with some suggested activities. 

If you still have comments or questions please email the registrar at milltownregistrar@gmail.com