The Commish Exclusive: How to Stop Losing AYSO Players to Club Teams
At this year’s National Annual General Meeting (NAGM) in Seattle, Wash., RCs from around the country got together for hours of discussion, problem solving and idea-sharing in the RC Caucuses. The Commish
has collected these caucus topics and the resulting ideas for solutions from the participating RCs, and we are excited to share this information with you over the next several weeks. The candid challenges and helpful proposed resolutions will only be published in The Commish
, so be sure to check back in every week!
This week’s challenge: Coaches Recruiting AYSO Players and Teams into Club Soccer Programs. See below for the RCs suggestions:
Run an exciting EXTRA™ Program
. EXTRA™ can be a great way to show your players and parents that AYSO offers the more competitive play that they may be looking for while maintaining the core values and philosophies of AYSO. EXTRA™ is perfect for players who have the interest, skills and abilities to enhance their experience and individual growth through soccer while retaining the spirit of AYSO. Learn more about EXTRA™. Know Your Policy & Region Guidelines.
Whether its recruiters lingering on your AYSO fields, or AYSO coaches looking to recruit players away from club play, know and reference your Region’s guidelines that restrict this behavior. If your Region has an issue with a coach recruiting players into club, have a conversation with that coach, let him/her know they are in violation of your Region guidelines and take appropriate action. “It’s also important to keep the lines of communication open with the coaches,” shared one RC during the caucus. (AYSO’s Reference Book also covers this topic in Chapter 7, Guidelines for Cooperation: AYSO/USYSA/U.S. Club Soccer.)
Provide the best possible “AYSO Experience.”
Possibly the best way to retain your players is to give them the best AYSO experience your Region has to offer. That way, they won’t be looking for an alternative because they are satisfied with their current soccer home. “Give players that great AYSO experience that we’ve all had,” shared one RC. “That way instead of being recruited to leave, they’ll be recruiting THEIR friends to AYSO.”
Do you have more examples of how you’ve successfully stopped clubs from recruiting your players and teams? Share them!
We’ll include them in future issues of The Commish