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AYSO Region 418 Chicago Lakefront

VIP Program - Special Needs Soccer


The AYSO VIP Program strives to provide a quality soccer experience for individuals whose physical or developmental disabilities make it difficult for them to successfully participate on mainstream soccer teams. We recognize that everyone needs to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP program offers that acceptance and carries the philosophy of "Everyone Plays®" to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play.

This program takes place on Saturdays at the Chicago lakefront fields, during the Fall and Spring seasons.

Have questions about this program? Contact the Region 418 VIP Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

Youth Volunteers needed

Youth Volunteer Soccer "Buddies" are needed to assist our VIP (Very Important Players) on Saturday afternoons.

The AYSO volunteer position of VIP Buddy is a non-disabled person intended to guide the VIP player on the field of play and, when, if no longer needed to assist physically, continues to be part of the player support system from the sideline.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Treat all VIP players with respect.
Guide the VIP player physically, if necessary, on the field.
Encourage the VIP player verbally, may “guide” the ball but do not “play” the ball.
Work with the VIP coach to determine the use of the buddy on the field for a particular individual or situation.
Understand involvement of the buddy could start with full-time on the field, progress to fewer than four quarters and then progress to cheerleading from the sidelines.
Decrease his/her role, except for consistent cheerleader, throughout the season as dictated by the player’s progress.
Work toward the goal of player independence.

If you would like to volunteer, follow the Instructions: Youth Volunteers to add the VIP Buddy volunteer role to your account.

Have questions? Contact the VIP Program Coordinator at [email protected].

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AYSO Region 418 - Chicago Lakefront

4507 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 101
Chicago, Illinois 60640

Email Us: [email protected]
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