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AYSO REGION 741 PASO ROBLES, CA

VIP Program

WHAT IS VIP?

VIP stands for Very Important Player. VIP teams consist of players with mental and or physical disabilities that would make it difficult to play on a mainstream soccer team. VIP teams are non competitive and are all about having a great time. AYSO believes that all people need opportunities to enjoy the benefits of sport, of playing on a team, of learning skills, of making friends. The Very Important Player program fills this need, providing opportunities for fitness, fun, and friendship. VIP teams include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Amputees or conditions that impair mobility
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Blind or visually impaired
  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Down Syndrome
  • Mentally or emotionally challenged
  • Wheel chairs, walkers or other assistive devices

Our goal is to get VIP players out on the soccer field laughing, playing, bonding, accomplishing goals, feeling important and enjoying life. We want parents, siblings, family and friends watching as players learn, build confidence, and make friends. It's an amazing thing hanging out with a VIP team! One of the best parts about VIP is that it's completely flexible! If a player wants to pick flowers on the sideline instead of playing the game, that's o.k. If a player wants to stand on the field or just sit and watch, that's o.k. Even if it's at every practice and every game. We don't keep score (although the players always do). What happens, happens and as long as everyone goes home feeling good about themselves and we have accomplished our goal.


DO WE HAVE TO LIVE IN PASO ROBLES TO JOIN VIP?
AYSO has an open registration policy. Players from any town are welcome.


WHAT ARE THE AGE REQUIREMENTS?
Players must be born in 2013 or before. There is no upper age limit in VIP.


WHAT ARE THE FEES?
We are unable to offer our VIP program free of charge this year. The fee will be $75 and we would like to offer a 'Thank you ahead of time' for future sponsors who would like to help us make VIP free for our special needs families.  Families will have the opportunity to recoup a portion of their fees by selling Jamba Juice cards.


DO PLAYERS GET A UNIFORM?

Yes! Players will receive to keep, a jersey, shorts and socks, as well as a soccer ball, and an end of the season trophy.


HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?
Teams will be formed based on mindset, personality, and physical size of players.  We will chat with each family personally to learn the needs of their player so that they get the most out of VIP.


WHAT ABILITIES ARE REQUIRED?
Players at any ability level are encouraged to play and develop their skills.


WHEN DO WE START?
The VIP season runs with the mainstream season. We start practice the week after Paso Robles School District resumes in the Fall.  Our first game is the Saturday after Labor Day.


WHEN ARE PRACTICES AND GAMES?
There will be one practice a week and games are held on Saturdays at 10am. Typically games are at a field easily accessible to bathrooms and the parking lot. Practices run about 90 minutes long. Games are typically two 20 minute halves. Since we will have extra water breaks, rest breaks, breaks for hugs, etc, games days will be closer to 1 ½ hours long. Practices will be all about having fun, and learning basic skills.


WHAT ABOUT WHEEL CHAIRS AND OTHER ASSISTIVE DEVICES?
All assistive devices are welcome out on the field. All players in wheelchairs or using walkers must be accompanied by a Buddy. (more about Buddies in a second). There are also wheelchair bumpers that help players with limited mobility navigate the ball in front of their feet. Bumpers will be made and given to players who need them. Padding for walkers will also be provided. We also have balls with bells inside for blind players. When a necessary special piece of equipment is brought to our attention, we'll get it.


WHAT ABOUT BUDDIES?
Buddies are people who get out on the field with VIPs and help out as needed. Buddies are expected to guide players (if necessary) on the field, encourage players, and work toward the goal of player independence. Buddies must be open minded, have a basic idea of soccer and have a huge heart. Buddies will also have to fill out a registration form and become certified and trained. Certification and training classes are free and will only take about two hours. Buddies can begin at 10 years old and will be chosen based on personality, ambition, and maturity level.


WHAT TEAMS DO THE VIP TEAMS PLAY?
We partner with neighboring town's programs like ours and form a schedule.  The weekends that we have openings, we will play the mainstream teams. Again, it is non competitive and will be a fun soccer game. If there is a Saturday where we don't have a mainstream team to play we'll play against each other. We'll just go with it. Flexibility. It's key.


WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

  • You can volunteer as a Coach, Buddy or Referee. All volunteers must fill out a registration form. Coaches, Referees and Buddies will attend a 2 hour VIP certification class. That's it! It's so easy and the rewards are so great.
  • You can become a sponsor. Sponsors will receive an AYSO VIP Sponsor plaque, and will be added to our VIP Fest t-shirts.
  • You can spread the word! Tell everyone you know and even people you don't know about VIP.

HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Contact Nicole Seebart by email at [email protected] or by phone at  805.591.0556.

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