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Oak Park AYSO Region 697

Coach

The AYSO volunteer position of coach is intended to develop in players a positive image of themselves, their teammates, coaches, game officials, and opponents, and provide a good role model for players. Additionally, the coach will develop in his/her players the appropriate soccer skills as recommended in the AYSO coaching manuals.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The coach is expected to:

1. Attend pre-season coaches meeting with the assistant coach before the season begins;
2. Attend the age appropriate coaching course for training on how to coach or as a
refresher on AYSO philosophy;
3. Attend uniform/equipment distribution night prior to a season to receive team
uniforms, equipment, and a playing schedule;
4. Conduct appropriate training sessions;
5. Promote the AYSO philosophy;
6. Support the Regional Commissioner;
7. Cooperate with the Regional Coach Administrator on all coaching matters;
8. Support the division (age group) coordinator;
9. Distribute practice and game schedules to parents;
10. Conduct a parent meeting;
11. Teach age appropriate skills;
12. Follow Safe Haven guidelines and principles;
13. Provide player evaluations to the division coordinators at the end of the season;
14. Carry out other team tasks as necessary; and
15. Have FUN!

Qualifications and Desired Skills

To be considered for the position of coach, the applicant must:

1. Annually submit an AYSO Volunteer Application form;
2. Pass the AYSO screening and background check;
3. Be annually approved and duly appointed as Coach by the Region;
4. Demonstrate good character and reliability;
5. The coach must be 18 years of age or older;
6. Be interested in promoting the benefits of youth sports, especially soccer; and
7. Attend training classes before the season begins. 

Assistant Coach

The AYSO volunteer position of assistant coach is intended to help the head coach with all coaching responsibilities.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The assistant coach is expected to:
1. Attend pre-season coaches meeting with the head coach before the season begins;
2. Attend the age appropriate coach clinic for training on how to coach or as a refresher on
AYSO philosophy;
3. Represent the head coach at the uniform and equipment distribution night prior to a season to receive team uniforms, equipment, and playing schedule if head coach is unable to attend;
4. Help run one to two training sessions per week, develop team line-ups for games, and attend regular and tournament games;
5. Provide leadership and be an active role model exemplifying the AYSO culture and philosophies;
6. Provide player evaluations to the division coordinators at the end of the season; and
7. Carry out other team tasks as necessary upon request of the head coach.

Qualifications and Desired Skills
To be considered for the position of assistant coach, the applicant must:

1. Be reliable;
2. Be 18 years of age or older;
3. Have an interest in helping children;
4. Have good character;
5. Be interested in promoting the benefits of youth sports, especially soccer;
6. Attend training classes in coaching before the season begins; and
7. Successfully pass a screening, including a background check.

Team Parents

The AYSO volunteer position of team parent is intended to assist coaches with team communication and organization.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The below are some key team organization activities that team parents can facilitate:

1. Help with distributing information from the division coordinator or AYSO board to the coaches, players, and families of AYSO players (either via email or through the team web pages); 
2. Assist coaches with the pickup and distribution of team equipment;
3. Remind team families of game times and locations;
4. Snack scheduling;
5. Carpool organization;
6. Team web page updates via Blue Sombrero;

Qualifications and Desired Skills
To be considered for the position of team parent, the applicant should:

1. Be a good communicator;
2. Be organized;
3. Be dependable; and
4. Successfully pass a screening, including a background check.

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1134 Gunderson Ave 
Oak Park, Illinois 60304

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