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Many Hands Make Light Work!
AYSO runs on volunteer power. There are over 500 active volunteers in Region 58 making sure everyone plays! AYSO Region 58 volunteers are mostly parents of current players, but also siblings, grandparents, parents of former players, neighbors and even active players themselves. AYSO volunteers give each child the precious gift of their time.
AYSO is a family experience. As an AYSO volunteer, a parent gets to participate with their child and teach the values of giving back to the community. Sometimes it's the whole family with parents, siblings and grandparents, all getting in on the act.
Coaching and refereeing may be the most visible volunteer roles, but there are many ways to help your team and Region 58. Many volunteer roles require small amounts of time, but are very valuable to the kids. There is an AYSO volunteer opportunity for everyone.
Volunteering should be a fun and fulfilling experience for you. It's a chance to learn something new, or an opportunity to use the skills you already have. Start out by finding a position or task that interests you. If it's a little more of a time commitment than you can offer, find another parent who can share the responsibility. We're here to help you make the most out of your time and commitment to AYSO.
If after looking at this list of AYSO volunteer jobs and tasks, you are still too busy to take on a volunteer position but want to help - ask around. Someone always needs help making copies, handing out flyers or staffing an information table for a couple of hours. There is always something you can offer to help your team and Region 58 because the program is only as good as you make it.
That's right - AYSO Region 58 is an all volunteer run organization! The AYSO National Support and Training Center has developed over 120 position descriptions for volunteers. These descriptions cover specific duties and responsibilities, qualifications, skills, time commitment, training, certification requirements, and activity locations. Keeping within the limits of the position description protects the volunteer and assures that he or she maintains appropriate certification standards.
It is important that each volunteer receives a copy of their position description prior to assuming their volunteer role. At the bottom of every position description there should be a date. If you encounter any position description more than a couple years old, they may be out of date and you should check with the National Support and Training Center for an up to date version. A comprehensive set of all volunteer position descriptions can be found on the National AYSO web site at: http://www.ayso.org/resources/volunteer_position_descriptions.aspx
How many hours do I need to volunteer?
We figure it takes around 3,000 volunteer hours on average per week to make soccer happen for your kids. That includes coaching, referees, field setup, snack bar workers - everyone who you see on the field and many more working long hours behind the scenes. That means for every hour your child plays, more than 1-1/2 hours of volunteer time are needed from our families. Some volunteers, like our Board members, work year-round to get the program ready for the next season.
What volunteer positions are available?
We strongly encourage all parents to volunteer at both the team level and region/league level so we can deliver a high quality soccer program to your kids. Volunteering on a team is extremely easy. Volunteering as a coach, assistant coach, referee, or on our Board is exremely rewarding and has the most impact. We provide free high quality training for all our volunteers.
At registration, we will provide you with a volunteer identification number. Your volunteer ID number will be used to help our Volunteer Coordinator notify you of upcoming volunteer opportunities, provide you with a copy of the position description, and partner you with other volunteers to complete a task. When you volunteer, we will try to provide a sign-in sheet so that you can let us know that you contributed to the program.
Region 58 has the following volunteer categories:
2-4 hours total for a season
Region 58 Volunteers
1-2 hour per week during season
1-4 hours per week during season
Coaches & Assistant Coaches
2-8 hours per week during season
Region 58 Board
2-4 hours per week before and/or during season
Team Volunteer Positions
§ Team Parent/Manager
§ Division Day Field Scheduling
§ Field Set-up
§ Field Take-down
Region 58 Volunteer Positions
§ Picture Day Chair
§ Picture Day Help
§ Yearbook Chair
§ Yearbook Help
§ Trophy Day Chair
§ Trophy Day Help
§ Player Registration
§ Data Entry
§ Information Tent
§ Weekly Volunteer Coordinator
§ Snack Bar
§ Cookie Dough Chair
§ Cookie Dough Help
If you are interested in a Regional Board position, please contact the Regional Commissioner.
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