AYSO VIP Program
A Very Special Program
The AYSO Very Important Player Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams may include those who are:
- Blind or visually impaired
- Amputees or conditions that impair mobility
- Mentally or emotionally challenged
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Downs Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
These kids are Very Important Players (VIP) in AYSO. We recognize that all children need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP program offers that acceptance and carries our philosophy of Everyone Plays to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play.
Our goals for every participating player are to:
- have fun playing soccer
- understand the fundamentals of the game
- learn teamwork and fair play
- increase positive self-esteem
- become more physically fit
- meet and be comfortable with new people
VIP helps more than just the players. Buddies and other volunteers increase their appreciation and understanding of individuals with special needs. They find their lives greatly enriched by their involvement with their new VIP friends.
For parents thinking they would never see their children playing a sport or making new friends, VIP gives them joy and hope. They are able to relax and enjoy watching their children having fun like other kids, perhaps for the first time.
Teams can have as few as five players, may be co-ed, and as with all AYSO teams, VIP teams are balanced with players rated by size and physical ability. Older and younger players form their own divisions, too, when numbers allow.
We play every Sunday in the Fall and Spring (September/October and March/April) at Montgomery Park, on Comanche 1 block east of San Mateo. Practice is from 1-2pm, and games are 2-3pm. Bring shin guards, water, and a smile. Players are placed on co-ed teams based on their size and ability. Cost is $50 for the season.