Volunteering

The mission of Zia Youth Soccer is to provide children with a non-competitive recreational soccer experience.  Our positive recreational atmosphere offers fun soccer activity that helps children develop basic initial skills in the sport, while emphasizing integrity, respect, responsibility, leadership, confidence, self-esteem, positive sportsmanship, and of course fun. We want children and families to have a great time out on the field with us, while growing to love the sport of soccer and creating strong relationships with peers and parents in a positive and welcoming environment.

We rely on parent volunteers to help execute our mission and ensure continued success of the Zia Youth Soccer family-friendly recreational soccer organization. Our experience has clearly shown that a fun, non-competitive soccer environment combined with parent involvement is a successful building block throughout childhood and into the teen years.   Therefore, Zia Youth Soccer League offers the following volunteer opportunities:

 
1.  BE A HEAD COACHEach team is generally led by a single head coach, with the support of one or more assistant coaches.  Serving as a head coach is a fantastic and highly-rewarding way to become more involved in your child's sports endeavors!  No experience is required, as the league provides full training and ongoing support, giving coaches everything they need to be confident and successful in this exciting volunteer role!  All volunteer head coaches must be committed to guiding their players for a minimum of two 1-hour sessions per week, including at least one weekday practice and one Saturday friendly non-competitive coach-led scrimmage game.  Head coaches may choose which city park they would like to use for their practices, as well as their weekday practice schedule (start times after 5:00 p.m. may be required, dependent upon the needs of the team).  Coaches must be available for a one-hour-long Saturday scrimmage game to be scheduled by the league, taking place at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Volunteers who serve as head coach for more than one team will have their scrimmage game times scheduled so that they do not overlap, but we are otherwise unfortunately not able to honor specific scrimmage game time requests due to logistical scheduling limitations.  And finally, for the safety of our players, all coaching volunteers must submit to a basic background check.

Head coaches will have the league's registration and associated credit card processing fees fully waived for one of their participating youth household members per team led, at the time of registration
(separate Sports Connect registration processing fees may still apply).*


2.  BE AN ASSISTANT COACH!  Each team needs at least one assistant coach, but preferably at least two.  In addition to assisting the head coach in organizing practices and leading the players during their friendly non-competitive coach-led scrimmage games, assistant coaches must be willing to fill in should an unexpected event occur preventing the head coach from attending a session, or to cover a portion (up to half) of the season's sessions should a head coach not be available for their child's team due to a shortage of volunteers.  Although the organization is not able to fully waive registration fees for assistant coaches, those who sign up as an assistant coach will not be charged the non-volunteer fee that is otherwise added to each registration, which equates to a hefty $25 registration discount And should an assistant coach decide to step up as into the head coach position if one is not available for their child's team, the league will fully return the registration fee for one of that volunteer's children as a benefit of the head coach position.  

3.  BE A FIELD TOUCH-UP VOLUNTEERThe lines on the scrimmage fields at Altura Park must be touched up each week in order to keep them fresh and visible for Saturday events.  Therefore, volunteers are needed to touch up these lines by simply painting over the existing lines to brighten them up.  The field-lining equipment is easy to use, and this job can be done any time each Thursday or Friday before that weekend's events.  In addition to freshening the field lines, these volunteers walk each field to check for holes, overly exposed sprinkler heads, and other potential hazards that need to be addressed before the kids venture out to play.  Field touch-up volunteers must be able to commit to touching up a field at least four times during the season.  Volunteer schedules are made in advance of the season, with each volunteer's availability taken into account when creating the schedule.  Volunteers who are not able to confirm availability in advance may not be approved for the position. Approved field touch-up volunteers will have the league registration and associated credit card processing fees fully waived for one of their participating youth household members, either at the time of registration or in the form of an end-of-season rebate (separate Sports Connect registration processing fees may still apply).

4.  BE A GOAL MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEERVolunteers are needed to set up and take down goals at Altura Park each Saturday.  The scrimmage game schedule is specifically structured in accordance with the availability of goal volunteers, so that the children of volunteers are either playing the first scrimmage game of the day (in which case the volunteer would retrieve the goals from the league's storage facility near the game field, and set them up at the field), or the last scrimmage game of the day (in which case the volunteer would take the goals down and return them to storage).  Zia Youth Soccer uses portable goals that are a breeze to set up and take down.  Volunteers may be responsible for the goals on one or two fields, depending on the number of available volunteers, and may be responsible for fields other than the one upon which their child is playing (although the fields will always be at the same park).  Goal volunteers must be able to commit to goal set-up or take-down at least four times during the season.  Volunteer schedules are made in advance of the season, with each volunteer's availability taken into account when creating the schedule.  Volunteers who are not able to confirm availability in advance may not be approved for the position. Approved goal volunteers will have the league registration and associated credit card processing fees fully waived for one of their participating youth household members either at the time of registration or as an end-of-season rebate (separate Sports Connect registration processing fees may still apply).  (If no one volunteers for goal management, then the first home team of the day will be responsible for retrieving and setting up the goals, and the last home team for the day will be responsible for taking them down and returning them to storage).

~ Full training is provided for ALL of the above volunteer positions ~


*Although no experience is required to volunteer as a head coach, all volunteers are subject to seasonal approval, and fee waivers offered at the time of registration are subject to post-approval confirmation.  Head coaches who volunteered in the most recent season, and retained approval for the following season, will hold priority for open positions in the following season.  Volunteer positions are not guaranteed to be available, and volunteers may be turned down for any reason for the well-being of the organization and its participants.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer positions, simply sign up at the time you register your child to play.  And of course if you have any questions at all about volunteering, please feel free contact us directly at [email protected] 

We greatly appreciate your support!
  

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