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    CORI form

    Mass Youth Soccer requires that all coaches complete a CORI form to allow the state to process background checks for all volunteers working with children.

    Melrose Youth Soccer takes seriously it's commitment to provide a quality developmental youth sports program for the children of Melrose. Part of that commitment is to ensure that we provide a safe environment for all those children in our program. The MYS Board of Directors has developed a comprehensive child protection policy that has been reviewed by Mass Youth Soccer, as well as a national organization that focuses on child protection. I've outlined, below, the commitment that you must make to this policy and to the protection of the children in the MYS program. We will have over 200 Coaches and Assistants, so this is a major endeavor in which we need your full - TIMELY - cooperation.

    It is mandatory that every volunteer in MYS (Board Members, Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers, etc.) complete the steps outlined below. We are not allowed to share CORI information, so even if you have submitted CORI information for Melrose Recreation, the School System, or any other organization, we need for you to submit through Melrose Youth Soccer. This CORI check will be valid for 3 years.

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that I take a copy of your license and that you provide the last six digits of your Social Security Number. I realize these are invasive, but these are requirements of the Commonwealth and failure to provide that information means that I cannot run a CORI check on you.

    Child Protection Procedures for Volunteers
    1. Using this link, fill out a CORI form at the secure Massachusetts Youth Soccer site. When entering the organization's name, please write out "Melrose Youth Soccer", and be sure to include 6 digits of your SSN.

    2. Provide a copy of your license.

    a. Drop off or send to 29 Sheffield Road, Melrose

    b. or scan and email to MYSCHILD@verizon.net (these are saved on an encrypted external drive)

    3. Read the "Child Protection Policy" and "7 Steps to Protecting Our Children" that can found on the home page of Melrose Youth Soccer (www.melroseyouthsoccer.net) and send an acknowledgment indicating that you have read and will abide by the policy to MYSCHILD@verizon.net.

    4. Review your registration information on SportsManager to ensure that you have provided your FULL LEGAL NAME (not Bill for William, etc.) and that your Date Of Birth has been input.

    Failure to provide any of this information will result in you being removed from the roster. You may not coach or help MYS in any way, until all of these steps have been taken. Many thanks for your immediate response. If you have any questions, you can contact me at myschild@verizon.net.

    Bulletin Board

    Welcome to the MYS website - we hope that you'll find materials here that will help make your job as coach more rewarding, and maybe a little easier as well.

    In this website you will find materials that will help you put your team schedule on the web, post game summaries and scores, and get information to parents and players.

    Coaches - please log in with your username and password and set up your game schedule with the Manage Games link. Contact your league coordinator for username and password if you don't have them already.

    COACHES EQUIPMENT BAGS: If you are not planning on returning as a coach next season, you are asked to drop off the equipment bag provided to you at the beginning of the season to the age coordinator.

    We also have worked to provide MYS coaches with a framework of coaching ideas through our developmental targets and resources. In addition, we plan to provide skill development materials to players through the website to help them better live the credo that "every waking moment is an opportunity to become a better soccer player." Ole!

    Q & A

    Q: I am a coach in Melrose, and I have heard that if I take one of the Mass Youth Soccer licensing courses that MYS will pay. Is that true?

    A: Absolutely - save your canceled check and submit a copy of your certificate to MYS.

    Q: We've been having stormy weather lately with lightning and thunder. What should I do as a coach when this happens?

    A: Get your team off the field and into safe shelter when lightning is less than 6 miles away (30 seconds from lightning to thunderclap) and don't take the field again for 30 minutes after the lightning is gone. See Lightning Tips for more details from Mass Youth Soccer.