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Tue Aug 15, 2017 - Sat Nov 18, 2017


La Mesita ParkLa Mesa, CA 91942


The goal of AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) is for every child to have the opportunity to play soccer. The VIP (Very Important Player) program provides a great soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams can include individuals who are blind or visually impaired, or have limited mobility, autism, Down Syndrome or cerebral palsy. The program is run entirely by volunteers.

VIP Buddies assist the coach during the practices and games in which players learn soccer while meeting new friends, having fun and increasing skills and self-esteem. Players and their families, along with the volunteers, enjoy the complete AYSO experience - team uniforms, scoring goals, cheering from the sidelines, and the list goes on!

Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the VIP Buddy

The VIP Buddy is expected to:

1. Attend VIP Volunteer Training and the age appropriate coaching courses

recommended, U-6, U-8; for training on how to coach or as a refresher on AYSO

philosophy; additional coach training will be necessary as the team players develop;

2. Promote the AYSO philosophies;

3. Support the Regional Commissioner and the VIP Administrator;

4. Cooperate with the Regional Coach Administrator on all coaching matters;

5. Follow Safe Haven guidelines and principles;

6. Refrain from the use of insulting, embarrassing, foul or abusive language;

7. Have FUN!

Qualifications and Desired Skills

To be considered for the position of VIP Buddy, the applicant must:

1. Annually submit an AYSO Volunteer Application form;

2. Pass the AYSO screening and background check;

3. Demonstrate good character and reliability and be responsive to player and parent


6. Be interested in promoting the benefits of youth sports, especially soccer;

Supervision Protocols

While performing as the VIP Buddy, the volunteer is:

1. Subject to the bylaws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines of


2. Under the overall authority of and directly supervised by the VIP Administrator or

the Regional Coach Administrator and supervised indirectly by the Regional


3. To maintain the required VIP adult to player supervision ratio of 1:1 or less; that is

one adult for every VIP player (one of whom may be the coach and one of whom

should be of the same gender as the group) present at all times. For the protection

of both the players and the volunteer, no volunteer should permit himself or herself

to be alone with any player or group of players (except his or her own) during

AYSO-sponsored activities; and

4. Once the head coach has assumed charge of the children on his or her team, he or

she remains responsible until a duly designated adult has taken charge of each

player after practice or a game.

Time Commitment

The anticipated time commitment for a VIP Buddy is during the soccer season which runs from August through November (weekend before Thanksgiving).

The estimated hours to fulfill duties are approximately three hours per week during the season.

Orientation, Training, Certification, and Continued Education Provided

To prepare a volunteer for the position of VIP Buddy, AYSO will offer the following

educational opportunities which volunteer coaches are expected to take advantage of

and participate in, as appropriate.

1. Orientation by the VIP Administrator, Regional Commissioner and/or Regional

Coach Administrator;

2. VIP Volunteer Training;

3. AYSO’s Safe Haven Certification;

4. Training classes and continuing education; and,

5. Annual Coach Update and Player Development and Special Programs update.


  • Child Development
  • Coaching
  • Special Needs
  • Soccer
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hrs a week
  • AYSO’s Safe Haven Certification, VIP Buddy Certification

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