Coaches Corner - April 2021

Preseason Coaches Meetings:

All coaches should attend the pre-season coaches meetings for updates on their Sport, Sectionals, State Games, USA Games & World Games.

Improving Communication:

  • We have created a CLOSED group Facebook Page: SOPA Coaches
  • There are qualifying questions that coaches must answer to be added. If they don’t answer the questions, they will not be added:
    • What county do you coach for?
    • What sports do you coach?
  • This page is managed by our competition team
  • Joining this page is OPTIONAL, it is simply one more way we hope to improve communication
  • Goals: Improve communication:
    • SOPA share information
    • Encourage coaches to ask questions directly to competition team
    • Coaches to share best practices
    • Encourage cross collaboration by coaches

Coach Background Clearances and Athlete Medicals

  • All coaches, both RETURNING and NEW MUST complete the new PA State required background checks via SOPA. Please contact your Field Director for more information.
  • Program’s responsibility to ensure all athletes have a CURRENT medical for the season in which they are participating uploaded into VSys.  There is a pre-populated report in VSys instructions can be found here.

2021 Lunch & Learn Webinar Series

All Webinars will be the 2nd Wednesday of every other month at 12:00pm. If interested in attending click the REGISTRATION link, once registered you will receive a call-in number and link to join the Webinar. If you are unable to be at a computer for the sessions, you can participate via the phone.

Webinars with an asterisk (*) will be eligible as Continuing Education courses. In order to receive the credit coaches must participate live or view recorded webinar from the SOPA website then submit a short quiz.  Click here to learn more.