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Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer: News Release

Dear Players and Parents,

The 2015-2016 Olympic Development Program season begins with tryouts in September.  All information is available on the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer�s website including tryouts, locations, times and much more information regarding ODP.


Why ODP?

  • Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer's Olympic Development Program or (ODP) identifies and trains players at the elite level.
  • ODP provides supplemental training and competitive opportunities for players with the goal of advancement to US Youth Soccer Regional teams, top level colleges, and ultimately national teams.
  • Development as a player. ODP provides the opportunity to train and compete with the best players in Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Quality instruction from Nationally Licensed Coaches. Our staff is among the finest coaches in the state and Region.
  • Quality competition. Players will participate in games and elite tournaments against other state associations both regionally and nationally.
  • Exposure to regional and national team coaches. ODP is the only true vertical integration for National Team identification. The opportunity to represent one's state, region, or country in competition.
  • Exposure to top level college coaches in an effort to accelerate and enhance the college recruiting process.

Regionalized teams within our U12 and U13 programs to maximize the number of participants in these age groups, while providing easier locations and less travel for players to receive top level training from the state�s best coaches.

For more information and ODP tryout registration, please visit our website at EPYSA.org. We look forward to seeing you at tryouts in September!



Mike Barr and Kelly Connor
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
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Plymouth Meeting PA 19462

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Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf announced today that fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the Child Protective Services Law will be waived for volunteers working with children. Additionally, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be reducing the cost of both the child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for all other applicants. These changes will take effect July 25, 2015.

In 2014, 23 pieces of legislation were enacted including Act 153 of 2014, changing how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. These changes significantly impacted the reporting, investigation, assessment, prosecution and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect cases. 

�My action today could not have been accomplished without the hard work of the General Assembly, who has participated in an ongoing bipartisan working group with the Administration in an effort to develop needed clarifications to the Child Protective Services Law,� said Gov. Wolf. �Through that process, the General Assembly expressed concerns of many members about the cost of background clearances, particularly for volunteers. I share those concerns, and that is why I am excited to announce these actions today.�

Beginning July 1, 2015, volunteers are required to obtain background checks, including the Child Abuse History Clearance, issued by the DHS, and the Criminal History Record Check, issued by the PSP. 

Persons seeking employment for work with children and others required under the law will still be assessed fees for the clearances, but at a reduced cost of $8 each.  FBI clearances are also required for all employees and for volunteers who have not been a continuous resident of the commonwealth for the last 10 years, but because these are administered by the federal government current costs will continue to apply.

�The work from DHS and PSP sets a strong example of interagency collaboration,� Gov. Wolf continued.  �Partnerships like these create the foundation for a government that works.�

A comprehensive list of persons required to get clearances is as follows:

�         Child care service employees;

�         Foster parents and adult household members;

�         Prospective adoptive parents and adult household members;

�         Individuals 14 year of age or older applying for a paid position as an employee responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children;

�         Any individual seeking or provide child-care services under contract with a child-care facility or program;

�         School employees governed by public school code and those not governed by the public school code (colleges and universities).

From Jan 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015, there were 61,019 clearance applications received for volunteers. The projected total number of volunteer clearances for FY 2015-2016 is 296,836

For DHS, the total number of clearances received was 512,583 since the electronic system went live in late December 2014 through May 31, 2015.  The PSP processed 828,579 Criminal History Record Checks from January through May of 2015.

More information about clearances required under the Child Protective Services Law can be found at www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov.  Individuals seeking clearances can go directly to www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis to create an individual account and apply for their child abuse clearance electronically.



Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer: News Release

To Eastern Pennyslvania Youth Soccer members and affiliates-

This memo will provide a brief overview to further clarify the requirements for compliance with the new child protection laws in Pennsylvania.  Each member organization should familiarize themselves with the information on these matters provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The best resource is the website they created, www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov

Volunteers requiring clearances are those �acting in lieu of a parent� or having direct contact where they provide care, supervision, guidance or control of children or have routine interaction with children.

  • Beginning July 1, all adults 18 years and older applying for an unpaid position as a volunteer responsible for the welfare of a child and having direct contact with children, must have clearances that include:
    • PA Child Abuse History clearance ($10)
    • PA State Police Criminal Records Check ($10)
    • An FBI Criminal Background Check if you have not been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for 10 years ($27.50)
  • Volunteers not requiring an FBI check, and have been a continuous resident of PA for the last ten years, must swear or affirm in writing that they have no other convictions that would disqualify them.
  • Clearances are required prior to the commencement of service.
  • Volunteers between the ages of 14-17 are NOT required to have clearances.  Adults (18 and up) who only volunteer one time, are NOT required to have clearances.
  • Each organization must keep records of volunteer/employee clearances
  • All adults (within the context of the new laws) are �mandatory reporters.� Volunteers are not required to have child abuse training or certification, although it is recommended. 
  • Organizations may choose to pay for their volunteers to complete the background checks.  Organizations may set up a business account through the Child Welfare Information Solution or by contacting the PA State Police
  • The clearances are good for 36 months.  They are portable and may be used with other organizations.
  • Volunteers who do not reside in PA have a 30 day provisional status, so long as they provide clearances from the state or country where they reside.  Longer than 30 days requires the clearances stated above.
  • Employees, including independent contractors, must have all three clearances.
    • Employee- 14 years or older applying for a paid position responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children
    • Referees, trainers, camp staff etc� would be considered as employees in this context.

At present, the Child Abuse History Clearance may take 14 days for volunteers.  The State Police records check is, or should be, instantaneous.  Please plan accordingly.

We will continue to refine our state risk management policy as the laws and compliance continues to evolve.  Our current standards for disqualification will remain in accordance with US Youth Soccer and US Soccer policy: conviction of a felony, crime of violence or a criminal offense against a person.  The state association reserves the right to institute stricter guidelines and additional clearances.  

All organizations will be required to affirm their compliance with these laws.  For travel programs, all adults who seek to be placed on a roster will continue to register themselves through our risk management portal.  Adults who have not obtained their clearances will not be placed on a roster.

We will continue to work with members of the state legislature to refine the laws and procedures to reduce unintended consequences and enhance the safety of our children.  We recommend that you visit with your local state representative as well.   If you have further questions, we will assist as best we can but will also refer you to the appropriate authorities.  Again, for more in depth information, please visit www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov

Thank you for your understanding,

Chris Branscome
Chief Executive Officer
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer







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This training counts towards 2016 recertification


  This is a reminder to all referees to register for an Intermediate Clinic if you have not already.  Walk-ins are not allowed and Eastern Pa is no longer accepting testing from other states.


1/31/15   @ Twin Valley High School, Elverson PA

2/01/15   @ Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia PA

2/07/15   @ Holiday Inn Conference Center, Allentown PA 

2/08/15   @ Dickinson College, Carlisle PA 

5/31/15   @ Twin Valley High School, Elverson PA 

10/31/15 @ Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA

11/01/15 @ Keystone Job Center, Drums PA


Important Notice - For those individuals whose first badge was 2014, you must attend a clinic in 2015 in order to re-certify for 2016.

To register click  here. 


These clinics are geared for current active referees (grades 8, 9, 15 & 16) who need to meet the 5 hours of instruction requirement for 2016. Passing grade for recert test is 80%.


There are no refunds for missed classes, or transfer of registration fees to other classes, unless the class is cancelled by EPSARC.


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