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Coaches & Volunteer Info

Train. Compete. Achieve. 

Bennington, NE

Volunteer Requirements

How to volunteer to become a BENSC Head Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Manager:

Log into your Sports Connect account, create a profile for yourself, click the volunteer button and select a role.  Please click on the Sports Connect button for the help article.

Volunteer Requirements / Risk Management:

Every BENSC volunteer, including all board members, team managers and coaches MUST complete 3 requirements in order to volunteer for the club.  This is a statewide mandate, not just for Bennington Soccer Club. 

BENSC and Nebraska State Soccer are now using Player's Health to track every volunteers completion of the 3 requirements.   Concussion training and SafeSport training need to be completed every calendar year.  The background check, now needs to be completed every 2 years, per the updated NSS policies.

The soccer calendar year starts in the Fall and continues through the Spring season.  So if you complete the 3 requirements before the fall season you will be done until the following fall season, you do not need to complete again for the spring season.  When the requirements expire, to the day, you should get an email notification from Player's Health.

The Risk Management requirements of all coaches and club personnel include a cleared background check (every 2 years), annual concussion training, and annual completion of SafeSport Training. Until these requirements are met coaches and club personnel should not participate with youth participants in any capacity.

First step, you must volunteer for the role in Sports Connect. Then you will need to wait for an email from Player's Health to be able to log into your account.  This email could take 1-3 days to receive.  The email will provide the coach with a link to start the Risk Management/volunteer requirements process through Player's Health.  Please check your junk folder if you do not see it in your inbox. This email will contain the link to access your Players Health volunteer requirements.  Please allow time for delivery of email.  Molly from NSS will have to manually load alll volunteers into the system to receive the email and during the busy season this could take multiple days to complete.

Three Requirements ALL volunteers need to complete:

1. Background Check

All coaches must complete a background check - This registration process takes about 5 minutes, and permits Nebraska State Soccer to run a background check.

2. Concussion Management Training 

Once you have completed the course through the Player's Health/CDC Train website you will receive a certificate.  This certificate should be automatically uploaded to your Player's Health profile.

3. SafeSport 

The entire training does not need to be completed in the same sitting. You are able to save and return to the training after completing each 30 minute module. 

Starting Fall 2019, coaches who had already taken the initial 90 minute (3 module) training, will only be required to take a 20 minute refresher training each year.

Player's Health should automatically take you to the SafeSport modules.  If not you can click on the Sign-In button (top right corner, and then click the Register button. When setting up your profile, choose U.S. Soccer, please enter the following code: 


SafeSport Frequently Asked Questions

**The Nebraska State Soccer website provides more info and help documents on how to complete these requirements.  Please click on the link below to be taken to their website.  Click on the "Coaches" tab.  You can then click on "Background Check", "SafeSport Training" and "Heads Up Concussion Certificate".

Log into Sports Connect if you need to update your coaches profile.

(Ex: what age group you want to volunteer for)

*You need to volunteer to coach through Sports Connect to get added into Players Health

Questions on how to complete your requirements? 
Email/Call Players Health or
Email BENSC 
Leah Kinworthy

Player's Health

Submit a help ticket to Players Health:

Nebraska State Soccer Coaching Education Info:

Click the button for upcoming education/certification course opportunities

Volunteers who are Minors (under 18)

Any volunteer wishing to help coach for BENSC that is under the age of 18 cannot complete the adult Safe Sport or the Background Check.  

The volunteer should still complete the concussion training through CDC:

The volunteer should also complete the youth Safe Sport training:

*A minor cannot coach a team without an adult present.

**Any player or volunteer over the age of 18 must complete all three requirements listed above (Safe Sport, Background Check, Concussion Training prior to the start of the season.

Players 18 and older
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Coaches Registration Refund

Coach Apparel:

Each season, if at all possible, BENSC tries to provide Competitive Level coaches with a BENSC shirt/hoodie.

To be eligible for this free apparel, the coach MUST register to coach through the Sports Connect registration platform, provide your shirt size and volunteer before the bulk season order has been placed, prior to the start of the season.  If you do not do this we cannot guarantee you a coach apparel item. (Team managers are not eligible for this apparel).

Every BENSC Head Coach and Assistant Coach will receive a 50% refund* on registration fees for each child that plays for BENSC. (Team Managers are not eligible for the refund).

To receive the refund all coaches must complete:

-3 Volunteer/Coaching Requirements before deadline given/start of season

     -SafeSport, Kidsafe, Concussion

-coach for the entire Fall or Spring season

-complete the Coaches Google Form, by deadline given (This will be emailed to you towards middle/end of the season.)

*Note: this is a refund, not a 50% discount.  All families need to pay the entire registration fee for their children.  Giving a refund, instead of a discount, ensures volunteers coach for the entire season and complete all 3 volunteer requirements. 

**If multiple parents/guardians/family members coach for the club a maximum refund amount given will be 50% of the registration fees per child.

***BENSC will not give a coaches refund for registration fees for Winter/Summer Academies.


BENSC will mail you a refund check after the season has concluded.

Coaches Reimbursement for Equipment
Contact Info for Coaches:

Questions and don't know who to reach out to? Please see the table above.

  • Vacant - Director of Coaching, is in charge of all assessments, Academies and assisting coaches with team formation and all general club questions.

    • This position is currently vacant, please reach out to President Justin Hughes for assistance.

  • Leah Kinworthy - BENSC Administrator, reach out to her for questions about registration, volunteer requirements, TeamSnap, NSS/NYSL related needs

  • Michelle Wulff - Director of Competition, reach out to her regarding division placement in NYSL, soccer rules and policies, practice schedules

  • Wally Wright - Director of Coaching for Developmental (4U-7U), see him for all questions related to these age groups

  • Vacant - Director of Coaching for Competitive (8U-19U)

    • This position is currently vacant, please reach out to ADOC Wally Wright for assistance.

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