Letter — Volunteers must accept responsibility
AYSO claims to be a volunteer organization that develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs in a fun, family environment. Six months of interaction with the local AYSO has proved quite the contrary.
Youth soccer registration started in March and games in late August. There are still no season schedules available. “It is all posted on the Web site” is what parents are told when inquiring about the schedule. For months the Web site only listed last year’s schedules or was unavailable. There is a hot line to call … a recording refers you to the Web site.
My family found out about my son’s first under 6-years-old game by phone. When we arrived, two other U6 team coaches took the field claiming they had received a phone call that day explaining the schedules changed and despite having already played each other three days earlier they were to play again. My son’s coach explained that her team had not had a game yet and made the suggestion that the kids be divided up evenly to allow everyone to play. To the surprise of most of the parents, both of the coaches said NO. The next day we received a 4:15 p.m. phone call informing us that our son’s team had a game at 5 p.m. that day.
Being a volunteer organization is no excuse for inefficiency. Having been involved in the administration of interscholastic activities, volunteer organizations, and nonprofit groups, I am fully aware that developing schedules and communicating the information to those involved is not difficult and should not take months to accomplish. The overt lack of organization in the only youth soccer opportunity in Tahoe is affecting our youth’s perception on the game and is contrary to the overall mission of AYSO.