PA Child Abuse Laws & RTSC - Friday, October 30, 2015
As you have probable heard, Pennsylvania has enacted a number of laws regarding Child Safety that have a significant impact on paid and unpaid volunteers (coaches, trainers, etc).   While the implementation of these laws has been delayed by Governor Wolf, they will begin taking effect in the coming months.  

Additional information is available here (Pennsylvania - Keep Kids Safe PA) 

Therefore, RTSC has started putting processes in place to ensure the Club is compliant with these laws.  These laws have significant penalties if we (RTSC) do not ensure compliance of the designated volunteers (paid and unpaid), but ultimately the burden is on you to provide the Club with certifications and documents establishing your clearance to work with the youth in Rose Tree Soccer Club.  In order to manage compliance with these Laws, RTSC has retained a service to help us administer our processes.  

More information about Clearcheck and their process is available at this site (

Ultimately you are responsible for obtaining the necessary clearances and posting them on Clearcheck so that we can clear you to work with our soccer players.  Following are the next steps:

You will be receiving an email from Clearcheck addressed to the email that you used to register with RTSC - this email will include a web link (, your userid and your passcode.  Instructions are available once you have logged in to Clearcheck.
We are requesting everyone to obtain PA Child Abuse and Pennsylvania State Police (PATCH) clearances at this time; in the future you may also be required to obtain an FBI clearance.  If you already have these clearances, you only need upload a copy of them to Clearcheck.  If you have not obtained clearances yet, the links to the appropriate government agencies are available on

We are working to minimize the disruption to our activities – but we are also working to ensure the safety of our Youth Players and ask your patience with these processes.  If you have issues along the way, or are uncertain how to proceed, please send an email to … and we will work with you.  Thank you for volunteering and your continuing support for Rose Tree Soccer Club.

US Soccer Changes - Friday, October 30, 2015

As many of you have already heard, there are significant changes coming to the world of youth soccer.  These changes are coming from US Soccer … the parent organization for youth soccer in the United States, and are being passed down through the state organizations and the various Leagues and Clubs.  At this point, all ‘sanctioned’ youth soccer in the US will be required to comply with these changes.  Our immediate travel world (Delco, PAGS, Central, etc) have informational material on their sites, and the national organization has information on their site.  The changes are intended to improve the experience and education of the youth soccer players in the US and improve their ability to play and enjoy the game of soccer. 


We are providing a ‘snapshot’ of the changes here to help you understand the potential impact on your family and soccer players – but some of these things are not finalized, thus RTSC will not be making final decisions about these changes (where we have choices) until the first of the year.  We suggest you stay tuned as these changes are being finalized – but stay focused and enjoy the Season at hand.


These changes will start taking effect Fall 2016; the first impact you will see at RTSC are the Youth Travel Tryouts next Spring.  The major changes are as follows:


·         Players Soccer Age

o   The age for youth soccer players will be determined by the calendar year they were born.

o   Rather than the artificial year (August 1st) we have been using for years.

·         Age Groups

o   (new) Age Groups will use the (new) Soccer Age, and will be designated as U10, U11, etc

§  The new Age Groups will be for players that age (thus U10 will be for 10 year olds - those players born in 2006)

o   (Current) Age Group U10 is for players Under 10; thus 9 year olds

·         Team Sizes

o   Smaller team sizes for Age Groups below U13

§  U08 & below – 4v4 (no GK)

§  U09, U10 – 7v7

§  U11, U12 – 9v9

§  U13 & above – 11v11

o   At this time, we do not know the maximum roster sizes

·         Field Sizes

o   Field and Goal sizes are defined for each of the Team Sizes.


We (RTSC) will be watching and working with our partners at the State and the various Leagues in which we participate (along with the surrounding Clubs) to understand the changes and impact in the coming months. 

We will communicate any significant changes to the above, or other information that we think will be helpful to you when we have it - and in January we will announce our plans for these changes.  Thank you ...


US Soccer - Concussion Safety Changes - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CHICAGO (Nov. 9, 2015) – The named Plaintiffs in the Mehr youth soccer concussion litigation and the U.S. Defendants, the United States Soccer Federation, United States Youth Soccer Association, American Youth Soccer Organization, US Club Soccer and the California Youth Soccer Association are pleased to announce a resolution of the lawsuit.

The United States Soccer Federation and the other youth member defendants, with input from counsel for the plaintiffs, have developed a sweeping youth soccer initiative designed to (a) improve concussion awareness and education among youth coaches, referees, parents and players; (b) implement more uniform concussion management and return-to-play protocols for youth players suspected of having suffered a concussion; (c) modify the substitution rules to insure such rules do not serve as an impediment to the evaluation of players who may have suffered a concussion during games; and (d) eliminate heading for children 10 and under and limit heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13. The complete details of the initiative along with a more comprehensive player safety campaign will be announced by U.S. Soccer in the next 30 days.

Steve Berman, lead counsel for the plaintiffs said: “We filed this litigation in effort to focus the attention of U.S. Soccer and its youth member organizations on the issue of concussions in youth soccer. With the development of the youth concussion initiative by U.S. Soccer and its youth members, we feel we have accomplished our primary goal and, therefore, do not see any need to continue the pursuit of the litigation. We are pleased that we were able to play a role in improving the safety of the sport for soccer-playing children in this country.”

U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn of the United States Soccer Federation representing the Federation and the other youth members said: “We are proud to be leaders in the areas of concussion education and management. The development of a player safety initiative was under way before the current lawsuit was filed. In constructing the concussion component, U.S. Soccer sought input from its medical science committee which includes experts in the field of concussion diagnosis and management, as well as from its technical advisors, and worked with its youth members to develop a true consensus-based program. We are pleased that the plaintiffs and their counsel recognize the steps we have taken and look forward to sharing the benefits of the youth concussion initiative with players, coaches, officials and parents.”


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