American Youth Soccer Organization

Rating: 4.3 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 12501 S Isis Ave Hawthorne CA 90250 USA

Mission: To develop and deliver quality soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on our philosophies: Everyone Plays Balanced Teams Open Registration Positive coaching Good sportmanship
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: The mission is accomplished by providing these essential services: >Quality educational programs (coaching, instruction, management,and officating) >Quality administrative and operational systems with a support network >Integrated volunteer network, supported by a National staff >Program research and development >Strong financial position The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)was established in Torrance, California in 1964 with nine teams. Today, AYSO nationwide has more than 60,000 teams, 660,000 players, ages 41/2 to 18, plus 250,000 volunteer coaches, referees and administrators.

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Rating: 1 stars  

AYSO does not protect the children/players they are charged with protecting. After filing complaints at the local & national levels with strong evidence, they will not communicate with us or remove the people who abused children in broad daylight with tons of witnesses. Countless of our teams parents, myself included complained & AYSO did not investigate. They protect their own adults & do not care about the very young children who were emotional scared after being assaulted by another teams coach & local coordinator. Even parents on that team complained about their coach & the girls coordinator. Still even with those complaints in hand AYSO ignored the complaints. We are alarmed by how little AYSO cares & how much they cover up any complaints against them. Parents online complaints are immediately erased and removed. Try for yourself to find a complaint against them. Shame on you AYSO - our children deserve better!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Close the organization. Remove all staff & start from scratch.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

While most of the comments by the other reviewers are basically accurate with regards to the actual local programs, the organization as a non-profit leaves something to be desired. Executive salaries are too high when measured against budget and the board of directors has long been plagued with micromanaging the organization. The fact that over the past ten years or so the organization has gone through five or six executive directors shows the fickle nature of leadership.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending national section conferences, national board meetings and having my children in the program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Restructure how the board is elected, institute term limits for presidents, institute board member training, etc.), require board members to contribute financially, restructure executive salaries.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Okay

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

What is unique about this organization?

Nothing really. There are many similar organizations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

AYSO is an incredible volunteer organization that helps parents and communities teach their kids to be better team players, athletes, good sportspeople, and soccer players. Both parents and kids have great fun as well as learn life skills while enjoying the beautiful game of soccer. The biggest rewards are earned by those parents who are referees, board members, and especially coaches. The entire organization is extremely well run by a huge volunteer base. The organization's documentation and practices are excellent. AYSO exemplifies the best of the best in how to run a youth sports program efficiently, economically, and sustainably.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

having fun with the kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My son and daughter played for many years and enjoyed soccer. Volunteers are wonderful and keep coming back to make kids game and participation a life time experience. I have seen so many volunteers whos kids have gone to college however they still volunteer. Nice to see such dedication

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremly dedicated, wonderfull, hardworking and totally dedicated without any expectation in return

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The greatest experience is to see a kids eyes light up when they do something they have been practising and it final works. The look of awe is an insperation that keeps me coming back for more year after year

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

looking at my 19 year old son who started playing when he was 8 and as soon as he was 13 he started volunteering as a ref and coach.In January this year I lined 7 soccer games at the Florida State games he was the center ref.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

You feel part of a big family even although it is a local program

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Leaders in the community that give their time for the youth and see fantastic results

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be the best cheapest youth soccer organization in the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

AYSO has been one of the most important things in my life since I started volunteering almost 15 years ago. I started out as a coach, and through that experience was able to relate to my children and their friends in a way that I otherwise never could have. I also began to make connections in the community through my interactions with the other parents and coaches. I became the regional commissioner, and through that experience met more and more people in the community, and began to have relationships with local school and village personnel, as well as begin to interact with my colleagues in other local AYSO programs. I became Area Director, which allowed me to meet and interact with more AYSO volunteers throughout the country. Now, I coach, help out in my local region, and act as the assistant chair of a national AYSO task force that is developing new programs for the organization. Through this all, my wife and kids have been involved, making it a great family shared experienc.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing thousands of children learning and enjoying a beautiful game.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

streamline some of its procedures.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

spending time with my kids and their friends.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

mostly committed and wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more development money to expand.

Ways to make it better...

more parents were just willing to let their kids have fun.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

competition from other soccer organizations that are better funded, more competitive and don't have the same child-focused approach that AYSO has.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really love AYSO, warts and all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with this program for 8 years. I started out as an assistant coach then and now I am Regional Commisioner. The simple beauty of our organazation is found within our 6 philosophies. The most important being, EVERYONE PLAYS ! Any child regard of ability or circumstance gets to play the game of soccer. Being part of various other organizations over the years, AYSO is in my opionon the best in breed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in being part of watching over 2000 child grow as athletes and community members

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to make every household know our name and cause

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fact that any child or parent that wants to be a partner only has to say yes

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

peoplr who always think with their heart first and head second

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of over 7 million children and the communities in which they live

Ways to make it better...

we had more sponorship to compete with the larger funde rivals

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

competion and funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

you must check their website to see what they can offer our children and families

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I volunteer in many different ways for my community including vol. firefighter and emt. (2 separate services)...there is no other organization in town that supports their volunteers as effectively as AYSO - through training, time management and generally appreciating everything we do to make the program work. The Reg. Commissioner was more grateful when I ran an errand to the hardware store than most of my patients I treat on the ambulance. When the board asks for volunteers, they ask how much time we have available, and give out an appropriate task for that time span. We train the coaches in coaching, we train the referees (My older son played in a different competetive league wherein ref's were paid $200+ per game and their quality was highly variable and frequently in question...the free AYSO referees are pleasant, efficient, accurate and help teach the players as they make call - they do it for the love of the kids and the game!) - we also train our management members and even our 'green team' - the people who walk the field and pick up trash/debris so the kids will be safer. I've enjoyed my time with them so much I have committed to continuing to serve even after my children leave the program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my children's soccer experiences. My older son also played competetively in a different league, but he would come home to AYSO to play with his friends and enjoy the game.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the level of commitment and enjoyment - no one minds doing the work because we make it fun, and if we say an hour, we're done in an hour.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

bright, pleasant, energetic, quiet, shy, exuberant - all types! Yet because we all receive training in our jobs to succeed - we do. We work together well, regardless of background.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help nmore kids! AYSO regions are monetarily self sufficient, but the national organization will provide funds when they first start up - we could aid more regions in less affluent areas and increase scholarships - more kids, more fun!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I first got involved in AYSO when my adult daughter was 9. What I found was an organization that was so totally different from the other sports organizations that she was involved in that I have been involved ever since. AYSO was the first youth sports organization to have a rule requiring significant playing time for all players (at least half of the game, in a lot of towns it's three-fourths of the game). This rule is so effective that it has been widely copied by other organization. The national organization provided pre-printed registration forms and training for coaches and referees and even local leadership. I have been involved as additional training was developed for volunteers involved in managing and administering the local units (we call them regions). The people involved in AYSO are, almost without exception, some of the best people I've ever met. They are totally concerned with making the playing experience the best it can be for all the kids involved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was always very shy as a child. Yet now, thanks to the training I've received from AYSO, I am an accomplished public speaker and can run large voluntary organizations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to retain more local organizational memory so that there was less reinventing of the wheel. I don't know how to do this; I've been trying for decades...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with the kids, seeing them improve as both people and players and teaching them great life lessons like losing and winning gracefully.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very focused on providing the best possible experience for the kids playing in the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Develop more fields so more kids could play. Develop more on-line training so that it was more convenient for more volunteers. Provide more opportunities to inner-city and reservation kids.

Ways to make it better...

There was less politics at the national level. This is a very small point in a great organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Competing in an environment where parents believe that competition is more important than having fun.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It's OK to compete and like to win.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with AYSO for over thirty years, long after my kids have grown up. Why? Because this is one youth sports organization that has its head screwed on right! They are truly more concerned with sport as youth development, rather than wins and losses. My first experience as an AYSO referee. I had previously paid considerable money to take a USSF referee course and the instructor was more concerned with telling war stories than teaching. I learned very little. Then I took an AYSO course. The training was excellent and it was taught be a dedicated volunteer! From that moment on I was hooked on AYSO. The people in leadership roles have been people that have been role models to me, and I in turn have tried to be a role model to others. So I look at AYSO as not only a youth organization but a developer of adult leaders. One of my greatest joys is when some adult comes up to me and says "You coached me in AYSO soccer. That was a lot of fun."

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Start more inner city programs for disadvantaged youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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