AYSO's Official Youth Volunteer Policy
AYSO’s National Board of Directors (NBOD) has formally approved the long-standing policy regarding the role of youth volunteers. This policy has been published in the National Coaching Program manual and AYSO’s Safe Haven course – and now, it is an official part of AYSO’s National Policy Statements.
Although AYSO appreciates and encourages young people to participate in all aspects of soccer, including coaching and officiating, no one under the age of 18 may hold the team coach or assistant coach positions, and must not be allowed to supervise other minors. They can be encouraged to help at practices – demonstrating skills and drills, for example – only if two trained and certified adults are present at all times.
Each of the seven required Regional Board positions - including Regional Commissioner, Treasurer, Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate, Registrar, Safety Director, Regional Coach Administrator, and Regional Referee Administrator - must be held by an adult volunteer. In addition, youth volunteers may not hold any other Regional Board position other than in a non-voting capacity.
Careful consideration should be given to the duties associated with other volunteer positions before assigning them to youth volunteers. Youth volunteers should not be assigned to any position with responsibility for the administration, management or supervision of an AYSO program including areas such as custodial supervision of youth participants, finances, personal data confidentiality, dispute resolution and risk management.