Volunteers

AYSO is a volunteer organization. In our region we have the following volunteer categories:

Team Volunteers <2 hours total for a season
Referees 1-4 hours per week during season
Coaches & Assistant Coaches 2-8 hours per week during season
Regional Board 1-4 hours per week before and/or during season

We strongly encourage all parents to volunteer at both the team level and region/league level so we can deliver a high quality soccer program to your kids. Volunteering on a team is extremely easy. Volunteering as a Referee, Coach, or on our Board is rewarding and has the most impact. We provide free high quality training for all our volunteers. Refereeing, Coaching, and serving on the Board can also help you professionally.

AYSO Volunteer Job Descriptions

A comprehensive set of all volunteer position descriptions can be found on the National AYSO web site at: http://www.ayso.org/resources/volunteer_position_descriptions.aspx

eAYSO Volunteer Registration Process

We use the secure AYSO National online registration system called eAYSO to register all coaches, referees, and board members. This is not required for team-level vounteers. You must fill out an online form, including social security number (SSN), driver's license, and references. Your SSN and driver's license are kept very secure and go directly to the National organization for background checks (they cannot be seen by any local volunteers). The printed forms totally obscure your SSN and show only 4 digits of your driver's license.

At registration, we verify your driver's license number using the 4 digits. You must be present for this process. Your volunteer registration can only be accepted and completed if submitted by you.

Remember, volunteers are covered by AYSO insurance only if they are registered and screened. AND volunteers are protected by the US Volunteer Protection Act only if they have been properly trained.

To register, there are three easy steps:

  1. Pre-register at eAYSO.org.
  2. Print 2 copies of your volunteer form and sign them.
  3. Bring both copies and your driver's license (for verification) to registration or other designated event where they can be accepted.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact our regional CVPA. For training please see our Regional Calendar.

Thank you! Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA)

Volunteer Protection Act 1997

What It Means To You

  1. The purpose of the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 is to provide certain protections to volunteers in lawsuits based on the activities of volunteers. No volunteers shall be liable for harm caused by the act or omission of the volunteer if …
    1. The volunteer was acting within the scope of their responsibilities;
    2. The volunteer was properly licensed, certified, or authorized to undertake the activities in question;
    3. The harm was not caused by willful or criminal misconduct, gross negligence, reckless misconduct, or a conscious, flagrant indifference to the right or safety of the individual(s) harmed; and
    4. The harm was not caused by a volunteer operating a vehicle that requires an operator's license or insurance.
  2. The VPA prohibits the recovery of punitive damages unless the injured person proves by “clear and convincing evidence” that the volunteer caused the harm by an act constituting willful or criminal misconduct or by conscious, flagrant indifference to the person's safety or rights. This “clear and convincing” standard raises the burden of proof, making it more difficult to recover punitive damages from a volunteer.
  3. A volunteer's liability for noneconomic damages will be limited to the proportion of harm for which that volunteer is found liable.
  4. The VPA limits the liability of volunteers, but not the liability of the organizations that they serve.
  5. The limitation on liability for volunteers does not extend to:
    1. Crimes of violence or international terrorism for which the volunteer has been convicted by a court;
    2. Hate crimes;
    3. Sexual offenses;
    4. Misconduct that violates State or Federal civil rights laws; or
    5. Misconduct while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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