AYSO soccer depends on volunteers to make the program run. With over 100 kids signed up for this season, many volunteers are still needed. Knowledge of soccer is not necessary to be a volunteer. Free training is provided through AYSO in Flagstaff for coaches, referees, facilitators and linesmen.
"We are going to have about 12 teams this year and a coach is needed for each team," said AYSO coordinator Karre Jo Santana. "Without a coach the teams will not be able to play. As a coach, a commitment is made to the kids to be there for one to two practices a week, depending on age, and one game a week. Practices are organized by the coach according to their schedule and games are played on Saturdays."
Coaches are needed for the following teams: U5 boys, U6 girls, U6 boys, U8 boys, U10 boys, U12 girls and U12 boys. Primary coaches training will be held June 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Foxglen Park in Flagstaff. An additional coaches training will be held June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, also at Foxglen Park.
Facilitators are also needed for all U6 and U8 teams. A facilitator is someone who keeps the game moving and keeps the kids safe, according to Santana. Referees and linesmen are needed for all teams U10 and above. Facilitator and linesman training will be held June 20 from 6-7 p.m. at Marshall School field in Flagstaff. Referee training will be held May 28 and 29 from 5-8:45 p.m. at the East Flagstaff Public Library.
"Ask your family, friends, neighbors - anyone age 14 and up may be a volunteer," Santana said. "A youth volunteer, 14-17-years-old, may be an assistant coach, a referee with an adult mentor, a facilitator or a linesman."
For more information and a volunteer application, please call Karre Jo Santana at (928) 635-2264 after 6 p.m. or Cathy Grumbine at (928) 635-0630 before 6 p.m.
While registration has ended, organizers will still accept names for a waiting list and children will be placed on a team if space is available.