Each registration (child) requires a volunteering commitment. The league is always in need of volunteers so we prefer you to volunteer, however, it is not a requirement and we allow you to pay the $30 opt-out fee in lieu of volunteering.
By volunteering you save $30 at registration, but please remember if you take the $30 discount we expect you to volunteer and you will to be billed* if you do not. In addition, if you are scheduled to volunteer and there is a conflict you must notify the league, via email, 48 hours in advance of your volunteering date/time. Failure to notify the league will result in a $20 penalty, plus the $30 mentioned above.
Why charge $30 to opt-out? As mentioned we really need volunteers and LYSL is a 100% volunteer based league--there are no employees, there is no payroll. The $30 is used to pay for goods and services that volunteers would normally do. An alternative would be to raise registration, most likely to $100 per child and pay individuals to run the concession stand, set up the field, etc., or force parent into volunteering with no choice otherwise. LYSL currently feels the volunteer opt-out route is the best option and it keeps registration low, plus allows individual the option to not have to volunteer..
Why charge a $20 fee for not notifying the league? First of all it's unfair to the rest of us that volunteer. Second, in most cases we will have to call someone in to work your shift and we pay ($25 per shift) these individuals to cover your volunteer spot.
Signing up to volunteer:
You sign up to volunteer on the website and will be sent an email on when to sign up. You will also be able to choose a day/time that works the best--first come--first serve so do not hesitant if your schedule is not very flexible.
Volunteer positions include:
Concessions shift worker, concession shift manager, field setup and tear down, field maintenance, equipment and uniform distribution, picture day helper, fund raisers, and sponsorship.
Concession stand worker shifts are approximately 2 hours and can be at the stand or driving the golf cart. A minimum of one shift (typical) per child is required with a two shift (infrequent) per child maximum.
Concession stand shift managers also receive a one child plays for free discount. Shift manager work one week--consecutive days the concession stand is open.
Field maintenance--field setup or field tear down--are divided into 2 to 2-1/2 shifts take place before or after the season.
All other volunteer opportunities are based on the board member or coordinators schedule/availability. We will send a league wide email asking for volunteers and this would be in place of a concession stand shift.
Or you can Coach:
Of course, are always needed. Head Coaches, U6 through U10, receive a $25 discount towards a child's registration, plus $20 in concession stand coupons; U12 and U14 head coaches receive a 100% discount for one child's registration. These incentives apply to each team you coach, so the more teams the more discounts. This discount can be used prior to payment or applied to next season—we do not mail refund checks. We prefer that all teams (except U4 and U5) have assistant coaches. All coaches receive a coaches jersey. Coaches can become "F" licensed by US Soccer and LSYL will reimburse coaches in full upon proof of 2 hour course completion. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and click here for more detailed information about F licensing.
Or be a Board Member:
You can never have enough help, positions are frequently available. Board members receive a 100% discount toward all of their children registrations, plus free standard picture packs, and a free spirit wear item (shirt, hat, hoodie, etc). Positions include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Registrar, Scheduler, Head of Coaches, Volunteer Manager, and Concessions Manager. See League Documents for more information.
Or take a Coordinator position:
Similar to board member positions, except you are not required to attend meetings and you have no voting privileges. You receive a 100% discount towards your one child's registration. These positions also require less work and generally only take place at the end and/or beginning of season. Positions include: Uniform/equipment, Field Maintenance, Sponsorship/Promotions, and Coaches Trainer. See League Documents for more information.
* Failure to pay the $20 penalty and/or the $30 failure to volunteer fee, will result in these charges being billed to your soccer account. Account balances must be zero in order for you to register your child.