AYSO Soccer In A Box
The NRPA and the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) have created a national partnership to provide a turn-key, child-focused soccer solution for park and recreation departments that can take an in-house soccer program to the next level or help start a soccer program from scratch.
AYSO Soccer in a Box is a collaborative initiative focused on helping park and recreation departments keep or expand their program offerings. AYSO brings over 45 years of soccer- specific management, training, and educational experience that can directly benefit a park and recreation program.
Benefits of AYSO Soccer In A Box:
- Turn-key volunteer coach & ref training
- National volunteer background checks
- Centralized soccer-specific registration system
- Unique administrative training and support
- "Flex" programming with options for competitive play, U-5, adults and special needs.
- Tournaments and bi-annual AYSO National Games
- Insurance availability
- Summer soccer day-camp program
- Free weekly eNewsletters for coaches, referees and administrators
- National magazine for parents
"What really worked for us was AYSO’s free volunteer coach training," explains Annette Hoepfner, program coordinator for the Colorado Springs (CO) Park, Recreation & Cultural Services who has used the program to provide more community services within very tight budget constraints.
"Soccer had been a hard sport for us to recruit – and even more retain --volunteer coaches. Now I had a free, age-appropriate training program," said Hoepfner. But what changed the paradigm for Colorado Springs was volunteer referees. "We were contracting out the service and it was costing a lot. AYSO had free volunteer referee training. It’s still new and we’re starting with U-8 teams, but it’s saving us a lot of money."
AYSO was founded as an all-volunteer organization in 1964. It strives to fulfill its mission to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs, which promote a fun, family environment. AYSO carries out this mission through its six philosophies: Everyone Plays® Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development. AYSO currently has over 550,000 youth players and 10,000 adult players participating in nearly 1,000 leagues across the United States, including AYSO Affiliate Members that include park and recreation programs such as Colorado Springs.
AYSO is child first and child focused. Everybody likes to win, but developing every player to their personal best and building a life-long love of playing soccer is what’s fundamental in AYSO. AYSO’s approach makes it one of the finest player development programs for all children.
For more information on AYSO Soccer In A Box contact Pete MacPhail, AYSO Development Manager at PeteM@ayso.org or (310) 848-5653.