AYSO’s goal is for every child to have the opportunity to play soccer. One of our core philosophies is “Everyone Plays” and the VIP (Very Important Player) program plays an important role in fulfilling that philosophy.
The mission of the AYSO VIP program is to provide a quality soccer experience for individuals whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult for them to participate on mainstream soccer teams.
VIP teams may include, but are not limited to children or adults who are:
- Blind or visually impaired
- Amputees or conditions that impair mobility
- Down syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Mental or emotionally challenged
All individuals with disabilities are welcome, ages 4 years and up. The program has been structured to integrate our players into the rest of AYSO by providing a soccer season. In some cases, using “VIP buddies” to assist players who need additional help.
Our goals are for every player to:
- Have fun playing soccer
- Understand the fundamentals of the game while keeping it simple and fun
- Learn teamwork and fair-play in a safe environment
- Increase positive self-esteem
- Become more physically fit
- Meet and be comfortable with new people
VIP program benefits all participants involved, not just the players. Buddies and other volunteers find their lives are greatly enriched by their involvement with their new VIP friends as they increase their understanding and appreciation of people with special needs.
For parents and caregivers who may have thought they would never see their children playing a sport and belonging to a group, VIP renews hope and gives them joy. They are able to relax and enjoy watching their VIP players having fun like everyone else.
VIP teams are typically small and coeducational. Teams are balanced by size, mobility and ability rather than age. There is no upper age limit for VIP players.
As needed, a “Buddy” may be assigned to assist a player. Buddies are helpers on the field that can walk/run with a player who is mobility challenged. A Buddy can encourage a player and “feed” the ball to him/her. A Buddy also helps monitor players for signs of fatigue, stress, overheating or conditions that compromise their safety. A Buddy can help to make players independent, but stay on to be a supporter and a friend.
FALL SEASON 2018
Our 2018 Fall Season starts September 8, 2018. All games take place Saturday mornings. Practice day TBD.
- VIP registration fee: $130
Register here: http://ayso.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=807906
For further information please contact any of the following:
Kay Holmen firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcelo Blatt email@example.com (818) 612-9323