You may not know this, but AYSO soccer in Durand is a 100% volunteer run organization. From the person who signs the checks, the referee officiating games right down to the person striping the field. It’s all done by people like you and me who volunteer their time so these kids can play soccer.
Part of my job as Regional Commissioner is to find new volunteers to help us run this great program for our kids. When I speak to people I often hear things like “I don’t know anything about soccer” or “I work second shift and can’t help”. When most people think of volunteering for a soccer organization their minds immediately turn to a coach or referee. While we do need a large number of both, there are many, many positions within AYSO that are not directly related to soccer. There are even a few jobs that at first seem like you would need to know a lot about soccer but in truth can easily be done by someone with little or no soccer knowledge! Anyone can help!
With that I would like to ask for your help. Several of our board members, after many years of service (in one case she has 17 years of volunteering with us) have decided it is time to step down. We also had some job changes and personal commitments that forced others to vacate their post as well. This leaves us with several very important positions that need to be filled. Let me reassure you though, your region is not in trouble, we are just in need of some new volunteers. Here is what we need.
I will list all the positions and then provide a short description of each one.
- Regional Referee Administration
- Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA)
- Safety Director
- Fields Director
Regional Referee Administrator
This position administers the Referee program within our region. While it’s nice to be a referee, it isn’t required at all. This person does things like schedules referees at games, sets up training for referees, insures the referees have the equipment they need. They also help referees with any issues that may come up and if they don’t know an answer to their question, seek out someone who does know. (Regional Commissioner, Area Referee Administrator, etc…)
Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate
Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate, also called “CVPA” is a critical role in an AYSO organization. This person does things like ensuring all current volunteers have submitted a volunteer application for the current year, screen all new volunteers (check references, verify Volunteer form completely filled out, submits forms to AYSO National for background checks, etc…) Makes sure all volunteers complete the AYSO Safe Haven program training. It’s a vital position that insures only sound, trustworthy volunteers are working with the children.
The Safety Director is responsible for the safety program in a region. They do things like update insurance policies (for example, adding the owners of a new field as a named insured to our insurance), maintain a supply of incident forms, handle all accidents/incidents and/or insurance claims, check the fields and goals for safety issues and report them to the proper person and distribute first-aid kits to coaches.
This position is responsible for maintaining our fields. They coordinate field setup days, take care of issues reported by the safety director (for example, filling holes with dirt, securing goals, etc…), making sure the fields are lined and mowed in time for games (they don’t mow it themselves).
The secretary takes minutes and/or notes at all official meetings and distributes them to all board members in a timely manner. The Secretary also helps the board in a varying capacity for things like reserving the VFW hall for a coaches meeting, helping organize railroad days parade, helping with registration events. Things of that nature.
These are all very important positions that must be filled. We provide formal training for the Regional Referee Administrator, CVPA and Safety Director and informal training for Fields Director and Secretary. We don’t expect anyone to just “figure it out”. We will help you!
If you are interested in volunteering with AYSO in Durand, please contact me by either emailing me or calling me directly at 810-938-6995.