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Welcome to NLYAA Soccer - PLEASE keep scrolling for information AND Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


Risk Management is an annual requirement for all coaches, trainers, managers and board of directors.
Coaches MUST have documentation of (1) PA State Police Check, (2) PA Child Welfare History, and (3) FBI Fingerprints or Affidavit.  
The PA Clearance Documents are valid for 5 years.  These items can be saved on your laptop or electronic device and sent to the Director ASAP.  


  1. PA State Police Check

  2. PA Child Welfare History

  3. FBI Fingerprints or Affidavit

Where to Obtain PA Clearances

  1. Concussion Training (annual)

  2. Training can be taken directly from the CDC website. Please remember to save the certificate in a file for future upload.

CDC Heads Up Course

  1. Safe Sport Training (annual)

  2. Training can be taken directly from the SafeSport website. Please remember to save the certificate in a file for future upload.

  3. Email [email protected] for the free access code when completing the course directly at SafeSport

       SafeSport Training Course

First: Create an account.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you complete this training on a LAPTOP or COMPUTER rather than a cellphone.  

Select Community of Practice 

- Choose “OTHER”

- Confirm These Selections: CLICK: Other Public Health Interests 


- Pennsylvania Required Group Selection: Lehigh / Northampton 

- Select Functional Role: OTHER: My role isn’t listed

- Select Organization: 

Other (my organization isn’t listed)

- CONFIRM / Finish Creating Account 

** City: 

** Organization Name: Northern Lehigh Youth Athletic Association 

** Professional Role: Volunteer 

** Work Settings: OTHER / Type in Coach 

** Demographic Info: Leave Blank

** FEMA Student ID: Leave Blank

** Professional Organization ID: Leave Blank 

** SAVE** 


Once profile is complete, hit CLOSE. CLICK ON Actions - PreAssessment Test  



2) Click CDC Heads Up Course 

3) LEFT: Youth Sports - Online Concussion Training - Click “Coaches” 

4) If you do not have an account, you need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN CDC TRAIN 

5) (Repeat steps 1-5 once account is created) Click HERE to Launch Course 

6) Take PRE ASSESSMENT / Green Icon

7) There are 31 Questions.  

- 1 - Coach

- 2 - ZIP

- 3 - Which Sport 

-4- Ages (check all)

-5- Boys or Girls (both)

-6- Describe athletes / Beginners OR Skill Development 

-7- Have you pulled an athlete out due to concussion 

-8- The past 12 months / concussion 

-9- Athlete diagnosed with concussion 

-10- Athletic Trainer (NEVER) 

-11- Parents Invested (1)

-12- Concerned about Concussions (1)

-13- Had you completed Concussion Training 

-14- Concussions: Happen in sports 

-15- Common Symptoms: Headache 

-16- Symptoms of Concussion: within a couple weeks 

-17- Following Concussion:: An athlete may feel frustrated, sad, angry, or lonely.

-18- Subconcussive Impacts: Can be reduced by limiting collisions on the sports field. 

-19- Consider scenario: Last quarter and best athlete knocked down: Require her to sit out 

-20- Consider scenario: One of your athletes working on return to play progression: Take a break and Step 2

-21- Consider scenario: Run into another athlete: Rush to hospital 

-22- Consider scenario: Team Captain out: Let her attend practice to cheer on her teammates. However, also let her know she can’t return to sports participation until she is back to her other regular activities (such as school).

-23- Consider scenario: Concussion Safety Plan: All of above

-24- Lower chance of concussion: (1) 

-25- Remove athlete: (1) 

-26- Concussions less serious: (5 - Disagree) 

-27- Long Term Health Problems: (1) 

-28- My athletes want to hear: (1)

-29- My role is clear: (1) 

-30- Spot concussion: (1) 

-31- Help an athlete: (1) 

17 Points / Pass

Then hit OPEN to begin Training 

Field Directory


Eagle's Nest Park

3768 Eagle Rd Slatington Pennsylvania United States 18088

(Last updated 02/22/15 at 07:47 PM )

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U5 Field (next to the playground)

for today only (last updated 21/13/19 at 01:13 PM)

(Last updated 01/19/21 at 01:15 PM )

U7 Field (next to the tennis courts)

for today only (last updated 21/14/19 at 01:14 PM)

(Last updated 01/19/21 at 01:14 PM )

U9, U11, U13, and U15 Fields are located at the back and behind the parking lot

for today only (last updated 21/15/19 at 01:15 PM)

(Last updated 01/19/21 at 01:16 PM )

Bulldog Stadium

Bulldog Lane Slatington Pennsylvania United States 18080

(Last updated 07/31/23 at 06:23 PM )

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Boys and Girls Soccer Boys and Girls Soccer

Welcome to NLYAA Soccer - PLEASE keep scrolling for information AND Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Director:  Mike Bauer - [email protected] - If you ever have questions, please call or text me directly: 610.217.6650


NLYAA soccer is a competitive recreational program.  Our biggest goal is to provide a fun environment for players to learn the beautiful game – while also striving to be as competitive as possible in our League games.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION -  Please follow registration information.  If you register late, your child MAY miss out on the chance to play soccer.  Registration deadlines are aligned with BMYSL, EPYSA, and USA Soccer.

- Snack Stand 
- Field Maintenance 
- Coaching / Assistant Coaching 


  • NLYAA Fee is now $15/registration. (Lifetime memberships are no longer for sale but will continue to be honored).  TOTAL COST to sign up is APPROXIMATELY $50 - $70, NLYAA Fee included.  There are NO mandatory fundraisers. 


  • U5     - Generally ages 3 & 4 
    • Parent involvement is more required due to the young ages
    • All activities are at Eagle’s Nest Park
    • Practices are usually once a week
    • Games are played with other U5 Teams within our program

  • U7 - Generally ages 5 & 6
    • This is our In-House program
    • Play is 4v4 with a size 3 ball (co-ed)
    • Coaches stay on field & act as the referees
    • No importance to win/losses – we stress development & fun
    • All practices are at Eagle’s Nest Park
    • Practices are usually once a week, with games on the weekend

  • U9 - Generally ages 7 & 8
    - U9 Play is competitive. Scores are recorded by results are not posted within the Blue Mountain Youth Soccer League 
    - Coaches stay on the sideline.  The game includes a referee. 
    - Play is 7v7 (with a goalkeeper).  A size 4 ball is used. 
    - Practices are usually twice a week.  Games are on the weekend. 
    - U9 is competitive, nearly full-field 7v7 soccer with a goalie included.  
    - U9 Players should be ready for competitive play. 
    - U9 Players should be prepared for fast running and long periods of extended running.  Conditioning is very important. 
    - U9 Players should be able to strike a ball with force and should know some of the basics of soccer.  
    - *** Please be prepared for aggressive gameplay at U9 ***
  • U11 - Generally ages 9 & 10
    • Play is competitive, with scores recorded for standings within the Blue Mountain Youth Soccer League
    • Coaches stay on sideline and there is a referee
    • Play is 9v9 (with a goalkeeper) and a size 4 ball is used
    • Practices are usually twice a week, with games on the weekend
    • U11 is competitive, NEARLY full-field, 9v9 Soccer with a goalie included.  Your child/children should be ready for competitive play and should be able to run fast and run frequently.  At this level, conditioning is paramount.  Players should be able to strike a soccer ball forcefully and should be knowledgeable of gameplay. 
    • *** Please be prepared for VERY aggressive gameplay at U11 ***

  • U13 / U15 - Generally ages 12 - 14
    • Play is 11v11 with a size 5 ball
    • Practices are usually twice a week, with games on the weekend
    • U13 - U15 is VERY competitive, full-field, 11v11 Soccer with a goalie included. 
    • Your child/children should be ready for VERY competitive play and should be able to run VERY fast and have exceptional conditioning.  At the U13 - U15 Level, conditioning is paramount. 
    • Players should be able to strike a soccer ball forcefully.  Kicked balls should be able to travel a considerable distance (20 yards or more).  
    • Players should be knowledgeable of gameplay. 
    • *** Please be prepared for exceptionally aggressive gameplay at U13 - U15 ***


  • SPRING PRACTICES typically begin sometime in mid - March. Weather plays a huge role in this decision.     
  • Spring Registration is open from the first week in FEB --> the last week in FEB. 
  • Spring Games begin the first week in April and are played through June 14th-ish.  No Spring games are played "at home" 
  • All Spring Games are played on Sunday between 12 - 5pm 

  • FALL PRACTICES typically begin the last week in July
  • Fall Registration is open from mid-May through mid-July
  • Fall Games begin the first week in SEPTEMBER and are played through Nov. 7th-ish.  Half of the Fall games are played "at home" 
  • Fall Games can be played Friday night (6-8), Saturday, or Sunday between 12 - 4pm 


  • All players are required to wear shin guards and soccer cleats
  • Jewelry is not allowed to be worn on the field at any time
  • BMYSL rules require any glasses to be of the shatter-proof safety kind to be worn on the field

1.  Q.  Where are the games played?  A.  During Spring Soccer, NONE of the games are played at home.  U9 games are played in Wilson, U11 Games are played at Plainfield Township Community Park, and U13 & 15 Games are played at a site to be determined.  In the FALL, half (4) of the games are played "at home" while half (4) games are played at other locations.  
2.  Q.  When are practices (my child is involved with other activities)?  A.  Practice dates and times are announced once Registration is completed and we know how many teams we have.   A.  Our organization relies on volunteers so we cannot designate specific practice nights until we know when our coaches are available.  We will try to work with everyone to make practice nights fit everyone's schedule.  We are willing to refund your money if you discover that soccer practice conflicts with other scheduled events.  
3.  Q.  Where are practices?  A.  All practices are held at Eagles Nest Park in Slatington PA.  
4.  Q.  When are games?  A.  Games are typically played on Sunday anytime between 1 and 5 pm. / In the FALL, games can be Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday. 
5.  Q.  When do games begin and end?  A  Games begin the first weekend in April and end the second weekend of June / In the FALL, games begin the first week of September and end the first week of November.  
6.  Q.  How long are games?  A. Approximately 1 hour.  Try to arrive at least 15 minutes early.  
7.  Q.  Where can I find the game schedule?  A.  Game schedules are posted on the BMYSL website:
8.  Q.  Who are the coaches?  A.  We do not know who the coaches are until registration is closed.  
9.  Q.  What happens if it rains?  A. It depends on how hard it is raining and for how long.  In the spring, games that are canceled are not made up or rescheduled.  In the FALL, games are rescheduled.   
10.  Q.  My child is 8 but wants to play U7 OR My child is 6 but wants to play U5.  Is this permitted?  A.  We strongly recommend your child plays at the appropriate age level.  The pace of play and the field size changes significantly and kids will not be prepared for more competitive soccer if they play below their appropriate age level.  However, we will allow your child to "play down" if that's what you really want.  In the FALL - kids MUST play "at level."
11.  Q.  What equipment I need to get started?  A. We recommend comfortable shorts, Soccer socks, Shin guards, Soccer cleats, and Layered tops (eg. t-shirt and a sweatshirt).  
12.  Q. What are soccer cleats?   A. Soccer cleats DO NOT have a single cleat or stud at the front-middle of the shoe.  Soccer cleats cannot be metal.  

13.  Q. Must my child wear shin guards?  A. At the U7 - U15 Levels YES, all players must wear shin guards.  

14.  Q. If is is cold, what do kids wear?  A. Some kids will wear sweatpants and layered tops.  My own children only wear soccer shorts but will wear sweatshirts and layer their tops.  We also recommend purchasing "something" similar to Cold Gear Football Gloves.  They are not bulky and have rubber inserts along the fingers and palms to grip a ball.  

The four most important areas of coaching are availability, kindness, communication, and activity.  

- Availability: You select the nights.  Generally, U5 & U7 practices once a week.  Games are usually played against out other teams within our program.  Games can be scheduled during your regular practice times or during a weekend.  We prefer that coaches hold regular practices and avoid numerous cancellations. 

- Kindness: The kids are young & practices are next to the playground at the park. We want the kids to have fun.  Whenever the kids seem to be getting distracted, we recommend that you just let them scrimmage.  Please... PLEASE... Be nice to the kids! 

- Communication: You’d be responsible for communicating practice and schedules to parents. This includes communicating changes in the schedule. 

- Activity: Players should be kicking the ball with force and control with both feet & while alternating feet.  For example, players can kick the ball the length of the field with their right foot, then left foot, then both feet.  Kids can race each other or race the coach.  Kids can kick the balls into the fence for more repetition. 

2) We supply all equipment including balls, pinnies, & cones. 

3) Players should be able to master basic skills like: Throw-Ins, not using your hands, understanding the basics of game-play.  

4) Coaches would need a Criminal History Check & Child Abuse History Check.   Obtaining these documents can be found on the NLYAA Soccer website.

1) Arrive / Kick balls around until 6:05

2) 6:05 - all balls in nets.  / Conditioning 

- Run backwards & turn over left shoulder x 2
- Run backwards & turn over right shoulder x 2
- 50 / 50 - jog half then Sprint the second half of field - try to create "separation speed"

3) Water 

4) Right Foot: Kick ball length of field & back 

Left Foot: Kick ball length of field & back 

Alternate feet: Kick ball length of field & back 

6) Drink 

7) Use Tennis Court Fence & kick ball into fence - try to "lace" the ball - not "toe" the ball.  Kids should get about 50 "powerful" kicks in - 25 with either foot.  


7) Play "Sharks & Minnows" 

8) Practice "Throw Ins" 
- Both feet down 
- Stay behind the line 
- Both hands over your head, on the ball & throw

9) Scrimmage 

10) Fastest player of the night!  Race 5-6 times the length of the field 


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