Risk Management

LNUSC Risk Management, more than you thought...

Langhorne Neshaminy United Soccer Club (LNUSC) risk management is more than background checks for coaches and volunteers. The principal aim is to provide a reasonable level of safety and security for our players, coaches, parents and officials while they are participating in soccer-related activities.  
 
Background checks on coaches have always been a major focus for LNUSC and EPYSA.  The Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League (EPYSA) requires that all people who will come in contact with our youth must complete a risk management application. LNUSC has mandated that all head coaches, assistant coaches, league and club board members must complete the risk management application.  The results of the background check are reviewed at the state level.  This assures that the LNUSC policy is administered fairly and consistently across the state and that a coach’s private information is kept confidential.  The specific background check information is never shared with a league or club even if a coach  is  denied  soccer  privileges.  In  that  case  the  league  and  club  are  simply  informed of  the suspension/denial for risk management concerns.   The  LNUSC Risk  Management  Committee  asks  that  individuals  not  share information regarding their own personal situation with others to avoid unnecessary incidences and to maintain strict confidentiality.  Click here

for instructions to register for EPYSA Risk Management.  Also, all certified and registered EPSARC referee’s are required to pass a background check as part of their process in 2012.

The LNUSC Lightning Policy

states that "you are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough that it could strike your location at any moment."   Therefore, the following guidelines should be used for suspending practice or games.   If any of the circumstances outlined below occurs, the referee or coach should immediately suspend the practice or game. 

  1. If thunder is heard, the practice or game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter. 
  2. If lightning is seen, the practice or game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter. 
  3. If a thunderstorm is heard or seen coming or your hair stands on end, the practice or game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter. Do not wait until it rains. No one should retake the field or re-start the practice or game until all of the lightning and thunder or other hazardous weather has left the area. Specifically, no one should retake the field for a minimum of 30 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder is heard, or the dangerously high winds have passed

First Aid, CPR, and Concussion Awareness Classes are mandatory for Travel teams.  All coaches, parents, and officials are encouraged to take these courses as they become available and hosted by LNUSC with local community organizations.  Travel teams must have their coach or assistant coach attend these courses in addition to a National "E" License certification. 

National "E" and "F" License courses are hosted by LNUSC throughout the year for travel and in-hosue recreational coaches and staff.  We require all LNUSC Travel Coaches to be National "E" License certified within 1 year of being with LNUSC.  More information on the National "E" License certification can be found on ussoccer.com. LNUSC also hosts "F" license for recreational (in-house) coaches.  Click here to learn more about LNUSC hosted "E" and "F" courses.

Our Officials are reviewed by the LNUSC Board and possess valid EPSARC (USSF/preferred),PIAA certification, or have demonstrated proven experience that satisfied the needs of the club to officiate LUSC Games at their appropriate levels.  LNUSC hosts EPSARC Grade 8 certification courses promoting professional referee’s not only to be selected for EPSARC sactioned games, but for LNUSC and local Tournaments.  Our Referee Coordinator promotes a specific Referee Coach Relationship and Expectations

that are communicated each season promoting the primary focus of player safety.  All certified and registered EPSARC referee’s are required to pass a background check as part of their process in 2012. More information can be found at the Officials Corner page on this site.

The Risk Management Image at top left courtesy of the Neurosurgery Report tagged ’Soccer’.