AYSO is a volunteer-run organization. Coaches, referees, and administrators are volunteers. Over 125,000 parents, neighbors, relatives and friends lend their time and talents so that each child gets a terrific AYSO experience.
AYSO's volunteer foundation ensures that it's all about what's good for kids. It also makes AYSO very affordable. AYSO operates in a business manner, but volunteers ensure its "profits" are happy, healthy kids playing a sport they can enjoy for life.
AYSO has developed special training that helps parents who may have little or no soccer experience quickly gain the age-appropriate knowledge and skills they need to be effective coaches and referees. It also has unique administrative and management training. This ensures that each community program:
- Abides by the AYSO philosophies
- Offers a great AYSO experience
- Continues to grow, offering the AYSO opportunity to more children
It only takes a few hours to become qualified as an introductory-level coach or referee. But if you're not able to commit even that much time, there are many small jobs you can help with. Even a couple of hours each season are an important contribution to your team and Region!
AYSO training doesn't stop as long as you're having fun. Referees, coaches and administrators have clinics, workshops and other advanced training available to advance their skills.
Remember, it's for the kids.
Because "Positive Coaching" is one of AYSO's guiding philosophies, coach training is one of our highest priorities. AYSO also provides a wide range of courses to continue instructing its volunteer coaches.
No Experience? No Problem! Our volunteer coaches receive complete training right from the beginning, complete with manuals, handouts, and outlines that are continually reviewed and updated. Age-specific coaching courses provide training for coaches of every level of experience. And we don't stop there. AYSO provides supplemental local instruction programs, camps, and clinics so you can improve your skills.
AYSO referees are volunteers, so we want to be sure they have as much fun as the players do. AYSO referees do more than just enforce the Laws of the Game. Their job is to make sure the game is safe and enjoyable for everyone: the players, the coaches, the spectators—and themselves.
No Experience? No Problem! Our volunteer referees receive complete training right from the beginning, complete with manuals, handouts, and outlines that are continually reviewed and updated. Our referee program teach not only the letter of the law, but also the "Spirit of the Game." Age-specific refereeing courses provide training for referees of every level of experience. And we don't stop there. AYSO provides supplemental local instruction programs, camps, and clinics so you can improve your skills. We also provide training for referee instructors, administrators, and assessors as well as Youth Referee Programs. AYSO referees can also cross-certify to USSF so that they may referee other leagues as well.
Don't want to be a coach or referee? Don't worry, we have many more volunteer positions. Secretaries, treasurers, child and volunteer protection advocates, registrars, safety directors, and referee and coach administrators are also needed!
Because a smooth running program means more fun for everyone, AYSO provides extensive management training for its volunteers. Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Regional Management courses teach AYSO's league administrators how to manage their local programs. AYSO also provides in-depth operational manuals to assist administrators at every level in all aspects of their AYSO program. The Board and Staff Introductory Certification (BASIC) audiovisual presentation gives regional volunteers a thorough understanding of their duties.
Don't have time to be a Regional manager but still want to volunteer? No problem! Team parents are also needed. Team parents can bring snacks, distribute information, coordinate photos, remind parents of events, or any other non-coaching aspects of the team. This allows for you to set your own schedule while still helping your team.
So what are you waiting for? Contact the your Regional Commissioner about how you can become a volunteer today!