Without quality, trained referees, our children cannot play this game they love so much, and what better vantage point to watch a game from than center field! For such a small investment of your time, you can become a great referee, even with no prior soccer knowledge at all! You will be getting great exercise, feel great, and be helping your children and their peers to have a great soccer experience to boot!
“Regional Referee” (the basic referee course and certification) courses have been scheduled and you can find them on this “Upcoming Referee Training Schedule” link. For current referees that want to upgrade to the Intermediate and Advanced certification we will be holding classes right here in Santa Monica on the weekend of August 18-19! They are also listed in the above link.
A quality soccer experience for children with disabilities.
This fall season Region 20 will once again offer an AYSO VIP program to our community. The AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. AYSO VIP players get the unique opportunity to be part of a soccer team for a full season.
All individuals with disabilities are welcome, starting at age 4, there are no upper age limits.
The focus is on fun but also in developing soccer skills and team participation. The VIP program in Santa Monica is coached by some of our most experienced and successful coaches. The coaches are flexible and positive, finding a way for all players to participate and learn to play soccer as fully as they are able.
To Register please go to the registration AYSO Region 20 Registration Tab and register.
An important component of a VIP program, are the Buddies. Buddies are players from our Core or Extra Program (U12 and above) who assist players on the field with encouragement and if necessary help feed them the ball.
Buddies help players become independent and stay involved to be supporters and friends.
With Buddies involved, parents have some valuable time to sit and enjoy watching their player or players.
Our VIP games take place on Saturday mornings from September through Thanksgiving at Clover Park. Any parent of a player interested in being a buddy can sign up by clicking here. If you have any questions please contact Gina Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This promises to be a very rewarding experience as well as a great opportunity to gain community service hours.