VIP Program

 

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Very Important Player (VIP) program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities prevent them from successful participation on mainstream teams.

VIP teams may include individuals with Down syndrome or mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances, visual impairments, or other conditions that limit mobility, strength, and/or comprehension.

EVERYONE PLAYS!

All individuals with disabilities are welcome, starting at age four. Although the typical AYSO program ends at age 18, for VIP players playing on VIP teams there are no upper age limits.

The focus is on participation and fun! VIP coaches are flexible and positive, finding a way for all players to participate as fully as they are able.

If you thought your son or daughter could not play soccer, think again! With VIP soccer, dreams become realities.

EVERYONE BENEFITS!

Through participation in VIP soccer, individuals with disabilities experience the thrill of belonging to a team, wearing uniforms, and making new friends. They learn new skills and develop physical fitness while enjoying the game of soccer.

VIP benefits all participants, not just the players! Non-disabled players assist VIP players on the field as “buddies”. They learn to understand and appreciate people with special needs.

For parents who thought they would never see their children having fun playing a sport, VIP gives them joy and hope.

Spring Registration

VIP Registration is ongoing throughout the season. (tentatively Mar. 15th – May)
To register go to eayso.org and fill out the player form, print it and bring it to any VIP practice/game.

Contact VIP Administrator for more information.

Sign-up Cost
Returning players from Fall 2014 are FREE
New Players for Spring 2015 – $45.00 for first child/$40.00 for each additional sibling.

Qualifications
Players must be 4 years old by July 31st, 2014. There is no upper age limit.

Spring Season Schedule

TBA

Facilities

We will play on the north-east soccer fields at the Los Lunas Sports Complex.
There is Handicap Parking on the east side of the fields and there will be a Portable Handicap Accessible Toilet also on the east side near the parking.

Volunteer Coaches, Referees, and Buddies

We are looking for Coaches, Referees and Buddies to volunteer for the VIP program!

Coaches and Buddies will work with the players during practice to learn soccer skills.

Referees will work with players and buddies during the games to enjoy the season.

Coaches who are interested can contact Maria Cordova the VIP Administrator

Youth or adults interested in joining the Buddy program can contactVIP Administrator for more information.

All volunteers must fill out a youth or adult volunteer form and to take the VIP Volunteer training to participate.  Volunteer form can be filled out on-line (www.eayso.org), printed and brought to the training.  We will also have blank forms to fill out at training and the VIP sessions.

VIP training dates

TBA