AYSO runs on volunteer power. There are 220,000 volunteers around the country making sure everyone plays! AYSO 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 a team or Region. 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.
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, dropping off flyers to schools or manning a registration table for a couple of hours. There is always something you can offer to help your team or your Region.
Here are some roles that Regions need help with and their estimated time commitment. Each Region is different so roles and time commitments will vary. Check with your Regional Commissioner (RC) or Volunteer Coordinator for how you can best help your Region and how much time it will take.
15 Minutes A Week
- Role: Team Check-in
- Tasks: Make sure each team is properly attired, without jewelry, and ready to play 15 minutes before the game starts. This is as simple as telling your RC that you will check-in your team and the opposing team. This will only take a few minutes of your day during a time that you are already at the field.
1 Hour Per Week
- Role: Snack Bar Coordinator
- Tasks: Schedule snack bar shifts and buy snacks. This is another great volunteer Role: that you can split with another parent. One of you could be in charge of the schedule, and the other in charge of shopping.
4-6 Hours Per Season
- Role: Team Parent
- Tasks: Assist the coach by making the snack schedule, distributing the uniforms and making phone calls for picture day, schedule changes, rain-outs, etc. You can cut down that time commitment by working with another parent.
2 Hours Per Month
- Role: Team Parent Coordinator
- Tasks: Be the point person for team parents. Give team parents all the information they need on how to distribute uniforms and teach team parents how to best assist coaches. This is a perfect position for someone who has been a team parent before and would like to try their hand at something new.
1 Hour Per Week
- Role: Goal Maintenance
- Tasks: Set up the goals before games and make sure the goals are safe and secure.
4 Hours Per Season
- Role: Field Stripers
- Tasks: Line the practice and game fields.
10 Hours Per Year
- Role: Bilingual Interpreters
- Tasks: Assist staff and parents communicate during the Registration process; help educate non-English speaking registrants on the AYSO Philosophies, and assist coaches in contacting non-English speaking players’ households to relay details regarding practice and game schedules.
- Required Training: BASIC Course (one hour). Registered AYSO Volunteers can complete the BASIC Training online at www.aysotraining.org.
4-6 Hours Per Season
- Role: Data Entry
- Tasks: Assist the Registrar, Coach Administrator and Regional Commissioner with data entry, especially with entering player information during Registration.
8 Hours During Registration Time
- Role: Assistant Registrar
- Tasks: Assist the Region Registrar with registering players and volunteers.
4 Hours Per Season
- Role: Concession Stand Worker
- Tasks: Serve concession stand customers by selling snacks and miscellaneous items. Notify the Concession Stand Manager when items are low.
12 Hours Per Year
- Role: Special Events Coordinator
- Tasks: Plan special events such as AYSO Day and Opening Day ceremonies. Find a few friends and split up the tasks for the Special Events Coordinator, and each of you can take lead on a different event.
1 Hour Per Week During The Season
- Role: Yearbook Coordinator
- Tasks: Find artwork and pictures, contact sponsors and find advertisements, type and layout of the yearbook. This is perfect for you artistic types that love to scrapbook. Find a few parents to volunteer for this position with you, and split up the work.
4 Hours Per Month
- Role: Publicity Coordinator
- Tasks: Serve as the Region’s liaison to the media and school district. Design flyers for Registration, Opening Day and other special events. Distribute flyers to schools, supermarkets, doctor’s offices, etc. Send press releases to local newspapers.
6 Hours Per Year
- Role: Fundraising Committee Member
- Tasks: Assist the chairperson in planning and implementing the fundraising activities.
2 Hours Per Week
- Role: Newsletter Editor
- Tasks: Collect stories and ideas from the Region Board. Write additional stories if necessary and layout newsletter. The time commitment can be cut down if you use a newsletter template (this can be found in Microsoft publisher or newsletter services such as Constant Contact), so whenever it’s time for a new newsletter-all you have to do is drop in the information.
6 Hours Per Season
- Role: Pre and Post Season Field Workers
- Tasks: Help prepare the fields for the soccer season by assisting with the setup of equipment and field maintenance such as fertilization. Once the season ends, help take down equipment.