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Becoming a Volunteer:

It's About What's Good For The Kids

AYSO runs on volunteer power. There are no paid staff involved in our Pacifica Region, we are all volunteers. 

We are mostly parents of current players, but also siblings, grandparents, parents of former players, neighbors and even active players themselves, volunteering as a Coach, or a Referee, or an administrator of the league. 

AYSO volunteers give each child the precious gift of their time. Nationally, over 220,000 parents, neighbors, relatives and friends lend their time and talents so that each child gets a terrific AYSO experience.

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. 

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. It also must be a safe activity - for both our children and our other volunteers. To that end, all participants who are on the AYSO soccer field must be registered with AYSO either as a player or a volunteer. This registration is required annually. Our Under 5 age group requires parent participation on the field, so at least one parent must be registered as a volunteer in the U5 age group.

AYSO has announced important steps to ensure that every AYSO child has the best possible soccer learning experience. Beginning on Aug. 1, 2010, coaches and assistant coaches in every AYSO Region will be required to have AYSO’s age – appropriate training and AYSO Safe Haven® certification when they take the field. The policy was approved and adopted by the National Board of Directors at their July 2009 meeting and is supported by the National Coaching Advisory Commission.

Safe Haven® - To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven®. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer. 

Kids Zone® - Kids Zone is a dynamic program targeted to eliminate negative sideline behavior. Kids Zone buttons and signs can be distributed throughout the Region and parents asked to sign the Kids Zone Pledge promising to behave within the guidelines of the program

Play It Safe. Safety is a big part of keeping things fun. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
  • Buddies - Advise your child never to leave a practice or game alone. Walk with a buddy whenever possible. 
  • Goal Posts - NEVER let your children play on soccer goals. Portable goals have been known to tip over when people play on them, resulting in serious injury and even death. 
  • Code Word - If you normally pick your child up from the field, but have to send someone else, use a code word. That way, if someone comes up and says "Your mother sent me to pick you up," but they don't have the code word you and your child have established, your child knows not to go with the stranger.

Who completes a volunteer form?

  • Coaches, Referees, Board Members, Team Parents and all Schoolyard (U5) parents. (Our Under 5 age group requires parent participation on the field, so any parent on the field MUST be registered as a volunteer in the U5 age group.)

resent release:

NEW Learning Management System for Volunteer Training!!

AYSO is very excited to announce that AYSO's new learning management system was released on June 6th.  

AYSOU will supplement training done on the Regional level.  However, it will decrease the amount of time volunteers have to physically spend at volunteer training, enabling a more flexible and accommodating schedule for volunteers. Click on the AYSOU tab for more information. 

How to Register as a Volunteer if You Already Have an Account

For all parents that would like to volunteer for multiple positions, AYSO National Office is aware of the problems within the current registration process. Specifically, that in order to apply for multiple volunteer positions, a prospective volunteer needs to apply to each position individually. 

AYSO National Office and Blue Sombrero are working together to fix this issue. 

In the meantime, AYSO National Office has created a "workaround" for volunteers that are applying for multiple positions. 

Essentially, a volunteer submits one application and eSigns it once. Then, after submitting, the volunteer can go back into the Blue Sombrero system and add in more volunteer positions. 

Directions for this process can be found here

Thank you for your patience and support during this transitional period. 

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Pacifica AYSO 157

PO Box 615 
PACIFICA, California 94044

Email Us: [email protected]
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