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Steps to Becoming a P.L.A.Y. Coach

What is important for your players!

Fig. 13 Coaches who are trained to coach children do better, helping kids feel more satisfied with sports, thereby increasing participation and retention. (Courtesy of Aspen Institute Project Play)   [Citation]

1. Register to be a Coach

Each Season you need to register in order to coach.

2. Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Act Understanding

The Sex Abuse and Safe Sport Act

This is required by Law to be read and understood by all that Coach , Administrate or Volunteer in a setting that has contact with youth athletes.

You Must complete the APS Training Video in order to coach athletes under the age of  18. This will be reviewed at the upcoming PCA session to confirm that you  have been made aware of the steps taken to protect the youth involved in Sports.

Steps for recognizing and reporting abusive situations


Click on document below to open, if you have any questions please contact the Admin. Director or other Exec. Board member of information.

3. Complete a Background Check

This is required every two years!

*Open the Document to the lower right to find your name and status.*

Those in yellow - it is time to renew.
Not listed ! .. It is time to complete the link questionnaire.

When it is recognized that you have not completed this -you will be removed from coaching - until resolved.


Check the document below for your name

If your name has a yellow highlighted date next to it or it is not seen - you must complete a Background Check to Coach.

4. Attend a PCA or I.M.P.A.C.T. Meeting

This must be completed at least once per year. 
See start of (season designation) and PCA/IMPACT session time noted here.  All those Coaching 2nd Grade and above.

Compliance Timelines:  
Spring/Summer Sports (May 1st) must have had class since August. 1st  of previous year!
Fall Sports - (Sept. 1) must have had class since Jan. 1st of that year!
Winter (Basketball) - (Nov. 1st) must have had class since Jan. 1st!

See the list of those that have this completed by date-  on right side document.

Needs to be completed prior to being able to be a Head Coach.
If your name is not there - you did not attend and sign in as instructed.

Ages PK - 1st =Not Required, but open to those Coaches as they  may attend.

All Head Coaches In-House and Traveling Head & Asst for Traveling

2019 PCA Certification Classes

Next Sessions :  (See each registration below)

SUNDAY - September 29 -  6pm-7:30pm at PL City Hall

WEDNESDAY - October 16 -  7pm- 8:30pm  at Twin Oaks MidSchool - Media Room (enter from top-East Entrance)

But don't wait until the end or you will be cramped in the Meeting room!




The coaches on the list of the document below have completed their PCA requirement in late 2018 and in early 2019 and are OK'd  for Fall Sports Season.                 Winter (Basketball) Coaches must have attended a class in 2019.

5. Complete a Concussion Cert Quiz

This Must be completed every two years -
It is a State Law to have this Certification if you are a coach of youth sports in Minnesota


All organizations will require you have your document with you when you apply or attend State Tournaments.

This is a self administered program - failure to due this and put a PLAY team in jeopardy will result in being removed from Coaching in P.L.A.Y. INDEFINETLY.

Only Coaches with this document are to be allowed on the bench.


Check for your name and date of completion to the right --------->

THEN Download Certificate to: Concussion Proof of Certification

This way P.L.A.Y. can verify for you IF YOU do not have it on you.

Complete every two years - your date must go through the end of that seasonal sport.  If you do an extended season or off-season program make sure your cert. is up to date!

Example: If completed as of 5/1/18 - good through 5/1/20

Those listed in the document below were good going into the current season.

Each Sport will offer Coaching information and instructions

6.. Look for your Sports Coaching Clinics / Meeting dates

Team Assignments are done by the Age Group Coordinator for In House &
Traveling Coaches are Chosen after Tryout Results by Committee of the VP of the Sport / Traveling Director / Asst. Travel Director and use of the Age Coordinator as a resource along with previous year information.

Honor the Coaching Position

YOU can make a difference in a young athlete and their lives !

Do the right things! Be Positive, Give Opportunity, Teach Life Lessons!

Thanks for your commitment to the Youth of Prior Lake.