WE WANT YOU!
Join the fun and help make MVSC better than ever!
Every year our parent survey shows satisfaction with MVSC’s Rec program at 90% or higher. That success is largely due to the enthusiastic and talented parents who help us with everything from coaching to SoccerFest to being an Age Group Coordinator, and more. While you may opt out of volunteering by paying a $50 fee*, we hope you will roll up your sleeves and jump in to help.
For a complete description of all volunteer roles within our Recreational & Development programs, please read further.
- Head Coach
- Assistant Coach
- Special Projects
- Age Group Coordinator
- Board & Committees
Head coaches are usually a team parent, and there may also be two parents who split the role of coaching. For more information on coaching clinics, equipment, etc., please see our “Coaches” page. Basic responsibilities include:
- Attending Soccer FUNdamentals Coaching education sessions and Coaches Meeting in August
- Running practices (1x/week for grades K-3, 2x/week for grades 4+). Note that K practices are run by a professional trainer, with volunteer coach participation encouraged but not required)
- Prepare all content and formats of practices, with assistance from MVSC’s online coaching resources.
- Attend weekday practices that are run by MVSC’s pro trainers when offered
- Manage weekend games (usually one per weekend, but occasionally 2)
- Manage Jamboree Games (grades 4+ only, last two weekends of season)
- Report game scores weekly (grades 3+ only)
- Communicate with parents (may be delegated to team parent)
- Coaches must properly model MVSC’s Code of Conduct at all times.
Each team should have an assistant coach, usually a team parent. The Assistant Coach is encouraged to satisfy the same coaching education required of the Coach, and may attend the mandatory coaches’ meeting in place of the Coach.
The Assistant Coach should expect the same time commitments as the Coach, although shared accountability may allow for a distribution of that time commitment between both parties.
Assistant Coaches may request to be paired with a specific Coach, or will be assigned to an age appropriate team as need requires. Assistant Coaches must properly model our Code of Conduct at all times.
Being a volunteer ref is a fun way to be involved with your child’s team. Here’s the low-down:
Kindergarten: No referees. Coaches manage games with assistance by Club facilitator.
1st Grade: One coach from each team manages the flow of dual fields from the sidelines.
2nd Grade: One parent referee from each team manages the flow of dual fields from the sidelines.
3rd Grade: A parent referee presides at every game, calling direction of play and fouls as necessary, with home team providing the ref.
4th Grade and Up: Licensed referees run the games.
Two parents may share the referee responsibilities. No prior experience is required, but some knowledge of the game is helpful. Referees supply their own stop watch and whistle.
Referees impartially apply the MVSC Modified Laws of Soccer as appropriate for that age group.
Volunteer Referees are required to attend a 90 minute training session at the beginning of the season. No formal testing or certification is required. (A licensed Referee is welcome to fulfill this volunteer position, but should be familiar with the modified laws appropriate to that age group.)
Referees must properly model MVSC’s Code of Conduct at all times.
Held annually on Labor Day, SoccerFest is MVSC’s kick-off-to-the-season celebration. MVSC relies exclusively on volunteer support to run and manage this fun family event. It’s a ton of fun and a great way to support the Club.
SoccerFest Volunteers sign up to work a 2-hour shift, and will be assigned to a variety of stations, including: Fun Zone monitors, Skill Station coordinators, concessions, as well as set-up and take-down.
OTHER SPECIAL PROJECTS
MVSC occasionally undertakes special projects that require volunteer support. This may come in the form of field improvement projects, preparation for a special club event, photographing games for the MVSC website, or support in fundraising endeavors. If you'd like to be contacted by MVSC Leadership when volunteer opportunities arise, please sign up for special projects.
AGE GROUP COORDINATOR ("AGC")
AGC’s are volunteers who manage each age group/division of our Recreational program. They are primarily responsible for forming teams, recruiting coaches, and communicating with coaches throughout the season. They attend 5-7 meetings per year of the Rec Committee and work closely with the Directors of Rec for their age group. It’s a great position for parents who like to be involved and who are interested in meeting more parents in their child’s grade.
MVSC BOARD AND COMMITTEES
MVSC is a registered non-profit youth sports organization, largely managed and run by volunteers like you. Our Board of Directors and Committee members are all parents in the Club, with children playing in our Recreational, Developmental, and/or Competitive soccer programs.
MVSC is always happy to talk to individuals willing to make a commitment toward making our Club stronger. Regardless of which program your child participates in, we are interested in parents who will consider the needs of each individual, and who will dedicate themselves to the management and improvement of our Club as a whole. Whether on a committee or on the Board, we generally ask for a 2-3 year commitment, with the knowledge that time requirements vary for each role within the club.
If you are interested in learning more about leadership opportunities within MVSC, please send a brief statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*All families are required to pay a $50 Volunteer Fee at registration. If you complete your volunteer commitment, the $50 will be refunded to you at the end of the season, usually by mid-November, either to your credit card or via check. Families requesting financial aid are expected to volunteer in some capacity.