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Mar, 2019

AYSO Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Over the past few years, Oak Park AYSO has committed to  reducing the amount of waste we generate each season.

As part of this ongoing effort, our team uniform orders this Spring will not include shorts. Instead, players may wear their own black shorts or leggings as part of their game day attire. We will continue to maintain inventory of shorts, and will be happy to provide shorts to any player that needs them. 
We are taking this approach for Spring as a pilot with the hope that this will minimally impact our players, while helping to reduce waste. 
In addition to this uniform change, there are many other ways we will be continuing to lower our environmental impact.

Team Gear Reuse
At the end of each season, we collect all of our team gear from our coaches. This includes hundreds of cones, pinnies, balls, first aid kits, ball pumps, goalie jerseys and goalie gloves. We sort and wash all the wearable gear and store everything away in our storage locker for the following season.

Where once we used to order new gear every year, we are now in a position where we are able to limit our near gear to only the things that need to be replaced. Over the past few seasons, that mostly means things like ball bags, whistles and ice packs. This means that not only do we generate less waste, we are also able to keep more of our operating budget for things like new programs and training.
2019 will be the first time we have had to place a major order for new soccer balls in five seasons of AYSO soccer
Uniform Recycling
In addition to gear collection, we have also been partnering with some organizations to help keep player uniforms in use. 
We have successfully partnered with Lively Athletic in Oak Park to implement a cleat recycling program. Each season, Lively takes in used cleats which they prep for reuse and sell to local families for significantly less than typical retail for new cleats. 

Additionally, we have partnered with non-profit Fields of Dreams Uganda and most recently we are working with US Soccer and The Chicago Fire as part of the Passback program to find homes for used uniforms. 
This past season, Oak Park AYSO board member, Tom Finn helped to coordinate end of season uniform pick up at all of our playoff and U8 fields. Tom's work resulted in a giant pile of uniforms that will now be distributed to soccer programs in communities all across the US.

Oak Park AYSO News

Field Setup/Boxes
Help us start off our Saturday games off right by setting up flags and goals at a field near your home. Then return them to the lock boxes at the end of the day.Please reach out to [email protected] if you can maintain a field box during the season.

Join Our Fall and Spring Group Outing Committee
We need a team of volunteers to plan and promote our Spring and Fall outings to the Chicago Red Stars and Chicago Fire. Please reach out to  
[email protected] if you can help organize.

Referee Coordinators and Adult Referees Needed for 2019
In 2019, we will be growing our team of Referee Coordinators. We are expanding the team to to distribute the workload and to allow for additional scheduling and communications support and mentoring of our youth referees. Additionally, we would like to grow our adult referee pool. If you have an interest in either a coordinator role or adult refereeing, contact 
[email protected].

Board Members Needed for 2019 and beyond

We are currently recruiting new board members to help us manage Oak Park AYSO. We need to grow our division coordinator team. 

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested in jointing the board and helping us manage our great league!

Need Cleats? Visit Lively Athletics
Lively Athletics partners with Oak Park AYSO for their recycle and reuse program. Lively has created the first local program for area youth soccer players to sell their used, good condition cleats. Lively is collecting cleats which they will clean and repair prior to offering for sale at deeply discounted prices. To find out more visit Lively Athletics at 
109 N. Oak Park Avenue.

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