Letter — You can help AYSO
As a former volunteer coach and board member within the local AYSO organization, I took some exception to the recent letter from Mr. Howell about his family’s experience with the local group.
First, six months is hardly enough time to form such a negative opinion of this organization. In the 11 years that I was associated with the local region 282 group, I had several good and bad experiences….but most of them were good and my four children gained wonderful lessons from the volunteers that they came into contact with as they participated in this “fun, family environment.” My wife and I look back at those years of trying to get all four kids to different fields for games, some at the same time, as wonderful pieces to our lives and the lives of our children.
Second, if you have experience in “interscholastic activities, volunteer organizations and nonprofit groups” as you say you do Mr. Howell, I can make a friendly suggestion to you that instead of berating the organization as you have, become involved as a volunteer and solve what you have perceived as a problem. A new set of eyes and ideas may be exactly what is needed to resolve any problems that the organization may have.
Third, you state that “the overt lack of organization…is affecting our youth’s perception of the game..” I believe that you stated that your son is in the under-six division. I find it very hard to believe that your child has much of a perception of the game of soccer or the AYSO philosophy or the local region. At this age, these kid’s only true focus is the snack at the end of the game.
Please remember this Mr. Howell, this is a small, 24-hour town where people who are involved as volunteers have full-time jobs and families to raise while they volunteer to run organizations like AYSO. In this town, everyone needs to chip in and do his or her part to make it work. Many fine athletes have come out of the AYSO program but more importantly, many fine citizens. Don’t jump down the throats of those who are trying to keep the tradition going. If those that are involved with running the local organization decided not to volunteer to do what they do, the organization would surely collapse and hundreds of kids, yours included, would be deprived of experiencing the good things that AYSO has to offer.