Volunteers Positions to Suit Everyone
Where do I Fit In?
We always need volunteers at the team level, division level and at the regional level. Take a look at these positions, select the one that suits you and volunteer! We have the training and support you need to have a great time enjoying soccer with your child. Some of the positions involve getting out in the fresh air, and they are marked "Active." Other equally important tasks can be done from the comfort of home; they are marked "Administrative." Each position also includes an estimate of the time commitment and training required. If you'd like to help out, but you don't see a position that's right for you, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, and they'll help you find a way to contribute.
Over 380 teams play every fall and spring in Region 104 AYSO. That means we need 380 coaches. As a coach you will motivate, congratulate, teach, encourage, drill, console, strategize, lead, and mentor a small group of children or young adults for 20 weeks. Even if you have no soccer experience, AYSO will help teach you the principles of the game and how to coach kids to have fun and learn soccer. You'll learn about the game and you'll likely love it so much you'll become a coach next year.
The rewards come in the form of watching the kids have fun at a game or practice, and watching their individual skills and teamwork improve. There is also a great sense of accomplishment when you reach the end of a season and look back and see how far the team has come.
And for those who have "serious" jobs, there is no better way to regain your perspective than to watch a bunch of 7-year-olds at practice.
Coaches need to attend the AYSO Child/Volunteer Protection training (2 hour) course, and the appropriate coach course (2-16 hours). Coaches are AYSO certified.
Coaches have to put in a lot of work during the course of the season: up to 2 practices per week, plus a game on Saturday, plus preparation time for each practice, plus general administrative work. Over the course of a 16-week season this is well over 80 hours of work. While other volunteer positions require more or less time, coaching provides the greatest opportunity for you to have fun!
Assistant Coach (Active)
If you don't have time to be a head coach, then become an assistant coach! We need 380 assistant coaches. Skill and tactical coaching is more effective if players can be divided into smaller groups. Coaches may not be available at some practices or games. If there is no assistant coach, there will be no practices and no games when the coach is away. No experience or soccer skills are required – just be willing to come and have fun with the kids.
AYSO Child/Volunteer Protection training (2 hour) course, and an assistant coach course (2-4 hours).
Attend practices and assist coach as needed. Practice time depends on age group, from 35 minutes to 3 hours per week during the season.
Referees enforce the laws of the game and help assure that sportsmanship counts as much as points on the board. We need 400 Referees. One to three referees work every game. Referees can be as young as 12 years old. Volunteering is good for community service hours. It looks great on high school and college applications, too! Instantly recognizable uniform! You'll learn more about soccer than you thought there was to know!
Referees need to attend the AYSO Child/Volunteer Protection training (2 hour) course, and be certified to the level they will be refereeing.
Being a referee is the perfect slot for those AYSO parents who have crowded schedules. Your commitment consists of attending the classes and, when the season begins, attend games scheduled around your child's games (when you would be down at the fields anyway).
Referee courses are 4-12 hours, depending on the level. Referees typically ref at least one game each weekend during the 16 week season. There are also optional monthly referee meetings at the ATC where you may interact with other referees, watch experienced referees, and listen to the "presentation of the month."
Trained Linesman (Active)
Linesmen are volunteers who help the referee officiate games when a certified assistant referee (AR) is not available. Linesmen are used at U-7 through U-19 games, and we need more than 200 trained volunteers in these jobs. Being able to line properly, including the understanding and proper application of the offside law, is essential for helping referees do their jobs better. As a linesmen, you will move up and down the touch line, and signal to the referee with colorful flags!
Attend a club linesmen training (2 hours), which is a course typically offered at the PowerSkills clinics early in the Fall and Spring seasons.
In addition to the course, linesmen normally help line a game each weekend or every other weekend.
Division Commissioner (Administrative)
Coordinate all activities of the division including registration, balancing of teams, allocation of coaches, scheduling of games, communications with registrars, coaches, referees and equipment manager. We need 20 Division Commissioners. The Division Commissioners take care of tasks like the following:
• Serve as liaison between Chief Coach and coaches in a division.
• First responder to coaching problems.
• Ensure first home team sets up the field equipment and last home team takes equipment home.
• Provide advice to ensure AYSO philosophy is upheld.
• Pick up game cards in timely fashion.
• Provide information to scheduler for spring season.
• Balance and organize end of season tournament as appropriate.
• Work closely with your division registrar, referee scheduler, field marker and equipment manager.
Attend two-hour training information session.
• Meet with coaches at August coaches meeting: 2-4 hours.
• Coordinate conduct of division during season: 0-4 hours per week during season.
• Distribute equipment at beginning of season and collect equipment at end of season: 2 hours.
• Pass on information (email or phone) as required: less than 1 hour per week during season.
• Coordinate new player additions with coaches and registrar.
Division Registrar (Administrative)
We need 20 Division Registrars whose responsibilities include the following:
• Registering new players.
• Maintaining waitlist.
• Entry of registration forms.
• Help at registration.
• Interacting with division commissioners regarding teams.
• Helping with all other registrar duties.
Attend two-hour training information session.
• Maintain waitlist and place new players on teams: 0-2 hours per week during season.
• Help with spring registration: 4-16 hours.
Division Referee Scheduler (Administrative)
Help coordinate training and game schedules for referees. We need 10 Division Referee Schedulers. Check referee pages on website to ensure all games in your division are covered each week. If not full by Tuesday, contact referees by email or phone. No soccer knowledge required!
Attend one hour training information session.
Schedule referees for division games, maintain referee scheduler on website: 8 hours at beginning of fall and spring season, send out email reminders or, if necessary, phone: less than 1 hour per week during season. Attendance at monthly referee meeting is also desirable.
Field Marker (Active)
It's a walk in the park - literally. Region 104 plays on over 50 fields 29 parks around Albuquerque. We need at least 29 Field Markers. Properly lined fields increase the enjoyment of the game for the kids and referees.
Attend training to learn how to line fields.
Line assigned fields as required on Thursday or Friday evenings: 2-4 hours per month.
Field Marking Administrator (Administrative)
Work with Division Commissioners, Field Markers and Field Marking Instructor to ensure each field has a Field Marker. Ensure each Field Marker has been trained by the Field Marking Instructor and has all the necessary equipment to mark the fields as required.
On the job.
Twenty hours in August, ten in February, 0-2 the rest of the year.
Registration Volunteer (Administrative)
Each year we register 4000 children to play soccer. We need 380 Registration Volunteers. The registration volunteer is the team’s representative at AYSO spring registration. This can involve greeting parents, answering questions, data entry, location code help, locating paperwork, etc.
On the job.
Four hours per year at spring registration.
Team Manager (Administrative)
The Team Manager coordinates and schedules the team roster, pictures, trophies, snacks, trash duty, phone calls, and parties. Offers refreshments to the referees at half time and after the game. AYSO requires that at least two adults be present at all practices and games. The team manager will ensure there is a practice parent designated to stay for the entire practice if either the coach or assistant coach will not be in attendance.
On the job.
Less than an hour per week during the season.
Volunteer Coordinator (Administrative)
Using your good phone, email and communication skills, assist and work closely to recruit new volunteers, donate your time and talents for the successful operation of the region and for the succession planning of board and staff members. We need 1 Volunteer Coordinator. This is a Board of Directors position.
Work to fill the list of available jobs received from the regional commissioner and others; find jobs throughout the season for volunteers and for those volunteers who are absolutely unable to perform their jobs; find workers for jobs that are understaffed from time to time; keep track of the parents who do not have AYSO jobs; and carry out this job from home without a specific schedule except as necessary to fill positions.
On the job, orientation by regional commissioner, Board and Staff Introductory Certification provided at Annual Section Meeting, Safe Haven Training (2 hours)
Attend monthly board meetings, 3 hours. 0-5 hours per week making contacts with parents, coaches and other volunteers.
Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (Administrative)
Using your reputation of respect, fairness, and trustworthiness in the community, register with the AYSO Member Services Department as a child and volunteer protection advocate by providing an Information Form signed by the regional commissioner. We need 1 Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate. This is a Board of Directors position.
The CVPA is expected to promote and implement AYSO Safe Haven Program, including the three main elements of volunteer protection; be familiar with the Child Protection Act of 1993, the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, the Good Samaritan Laws of the State of New Mexico, and the state's provisions for the reporting of child abuse and neglect. Ensure that all volunteers complete, date, and sign the AYSO volunteer application form and its authorization to perform applicant screening.
On the job, orientation by regional commissioner, Board and Staff Introductory Certification provided at Annual Section Meeting, Safe Haven Training (2 hours), Kids Zone workshop, Child Protection Workshops, Volunteer Protection Workshops and be familiar with Safe Haven educational resources and materials.
Attend monthly board meetings, 2-3 hours. 0-5 hours per week teaching live Safe Haven classes for volunteers. 0-2 hours per week managing volunteers Safe Haven training.
Remember…AYSO is a 100% Volunteer Run Organization. We can't provide soccer for 4000 children without you!