HOW TO BECOME AN AYSO REGION 60 VOLUNTEER

GETTING STARTED


1. Fill out an AYSO Volunteer Application Form.

  • Electronic volunteer forms are available on-line via www.eAYSO.org. Log on to eAYSO and follow the instructions.
  • Blank forms (for manual fill-in) are also available at any Region 60 sponsored event mentioned on this website, such as on-site registration, volunteer training (any Safe Haven or coach's training), or at the board tent during the season.
  • If you are a returning volunteer, you can submit a pre-printed application. This is only available, and actually preferred, through the Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate, Kacy Do. Kacy is present at most of the Region 60 events.

2. The volunteer application form should be completed in full.

  • This includes providing a social security number and a valid California Driver's License/Identification. On-line registration allows one to submit this information directly to AYSO on a secured site. Manual forms will still require that this information be provided (The information is kept secure by the CVPA).
  • 3 references are required using the on-line or the blank form. Returning volunteers using the pre-printed form are not required to provide additional references unless requested.
  • Make a full disclosure of any criminal conviction (including DUI).

3. Submit the form to Region 60 in person (at any Region 60 event)

  • Completion of the process involves providing photo ID verification. Therefore, merely mailing in the completed application without in-person verification constitutes an incomplete application.
  • On-line applicants still need to provide 2 copies of the form (the social security number and driver's license will be blocked out by the system) and provide ID in-person.
  • DO NOT MAIL in the application to the registrar or any other board member unless other special arrangements were made. Contact Kacy Do at cvpa@aysoreg60.org for a special circumstance.

4. Finally, inquire as to the type of volunteer training that is required and attend that training.

  • Coaches and referees should take required certification classes.
  • Other volunteers who will have direct contact with children need to take the Safe Haven Training.


MORE INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING AS A


SAFE HAVEN

It's a Child & Volunteer Protection Program

Volunteers are the lifeblood of AYSO. To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each volunteer (board members, coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, etc.) is required to take a short in-person or online training session called Safe Haven. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. Agreeing to a background check is also required for each volunteer.

For in-person training, please visit the coaches' page for upcoming courses with Region 60. For other in-person training, please visit www.eayso.org for upcoming courses.

For online training, please visit www.aysotraining.org. However, in order to access the course you must have an AYSO ID number, which you'll receive after completing a volunteer form. Please contact Kacy Do, (cvpa@aysoreg60.org) our CVPA, for ID number information.

Becoming Safe Haven certified may take a little time, but AYSO families know their children's safety is worth it. Once certified, there is no need to retake the course again. However, it is recommended that you retake it again after some years as a refresher course.

Safe Haven is both a child and volunteer protection program. It was the first of its kind in youth sports.

The child protection aspect is intended to prevent child abuse, promote education and awareness, enforce policies and screen and train volunteers. It includes proactive steps that promote a positive, healthy environment for children.

Volunteer protection comes into play as a result of volunteer training, certification and continuing education. The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 provides certain legal protections for volunteers who have been trained and certified and act in accordance with a written job description. Safe Haven includes these three elements, giving volunteers the highest degree of protection available under the law.

Learn More About Safe Haven

Please contact Kacy Do, CVPA, at cvpa@aysoreg60.org or Steve Shahin, Coach Administrator, at ca@aysoreg60.org for more information.