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Risk Management Guidelines (Criteria for Disqualification)
Ohio North has adopted criteria for disqualification for anyone serving as a team official, volunteer, or board member.

Beginning Monday, October 1, 2012, Ohio North requires a $50 deposit prior to any and all appeal hearings. Deposits will only be refunded if the appeal panel finds the applicant’s identity to not be of the person on the background check or if the criminal record has been expunged.

Appeal hearings are held on a Tuesday or Thursday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Hearings are held on a first come, first serve basis. You must verify with Deanna Leonard that you will be attending a hearing prior to the hearing.

Risk Management Disclosure Statement: Standard Risk Management Clearance is processed in approx 15 business days or less. A $5 fee applies for Risk Management Clearance (payable online when you submit your Risk Management application).


Why do I have to fill out a Risk Management application to coach youth soccer? 

Ohio North has adopted the Ohio North Risk Management Program which is designed to create a safe environment for all players associated with Ohio North and supports and adopts strong measures to improve the (fiscal and safety) security of Ohio North and all of its members.

Why do I have to fill out a new Risk Management application yearly?

In order to comply with the Risk Management Policy, the Board of Director’s has established this rule so that an annual background check be conducted on anyone over the age of 18 who will serve as a coach, referee, manager or board member.

When do I have to fill it out?

We require all (Coaches, Referees, Managers and Board Members) to fill out a new Risk Management application after June 1 annually. All applications completed after June 1 will not expire until June 30 of the following seasonal year. For example: an application filled out on June 3, 2014 will not expire until June 30, 2015.

How much does it cost?
There is a $5 annual fee. Some leagues will reimburse the $5 charge for their coaches, so please check with your league prior to applying.

What criteria is used for disqualification?

Risk Management Guidelines (Criteria for Disqualification)

Ohio North has adopted criteria for disqualification for anyone serving as a team official, volunteer, or board member as well as the Ohio North Risk Management Policy.

What if I would like to appeal Ohio North’s decision to disqualify me?
If you would like to appeal Ohio North’s disqualification, you must submit a handwritten appeal letter to Ohio North no later than 10 days after receiving your disqualification letter along with the $50 appeal deposit. You can reach out to DeAnna Leonard at to set up an appeal hearing.

What if I was disqualified because of an offense that was listed and I want to appeal Ohio North’s decision?
In the case that an applicant was disqualified based on a criminal offense in the Risk management Guidelines criteria, the subject may request an appeal to decision however, if the appeal panel should reinstate the applicant, a letter must go to every player’s parent from the coaches’ team informing them that said coach was found guilty of one or more of the following crimes found in the disqualification criteria. All parents must sign and return the letter stating that they allow the coach to continue coaching their child. All signed letters must be sent to Ohio North.

Can minors coach?
Minors can help coach but must have a letter from their local police department stating that they have no criminal history. A minor can only be an assistant coach and will need to be entered into the registration and risk management system so that their name can appear on a roster. Minors cannot be any younger than 15.

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Brecksville, Ohio 44141
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