VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE LEAGUE GO ROUND!
Running a youth sports program is a huge job. Parent volunteers handle almost everything there is to do. It helps you learn about the sport, spend some quality time with your kid, and make some grown-up friends too. Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about the sport or the job tasks. Training will always be available for newbies; the program and veteran parents are grateful for your help.
So what kind of parent volunteer jobs are there within the KYSL organization?
- Coach or assistant coach – Especially if you have some experience in coaching, teaching, or playing your child’s sport, his program could probably use coaching help. For more information on Coaching CLICK HERE
- Team parent – As a team mom or dad, you’ll be the main source of communication between the team families and the coach and league or program. Being a team parent (sometimes called the team manager) may incorporate several of the tasks described below, like snacks, travel arrangements, and so on.
- Team Snacks – Especially for little kids, the half-time or post-game snack can be as big a deal as the game itself. A parent volunteer usually creates the snack schedule so that all families take a turn supplying the food. Taking on this task means you can help guide the league to a healthier snack policy.
- Fundraisers – KYSL has at least one fundraiser a year and are we are in need of help administering and new ideas on fundraising options.
- Team photos – Whether it’s a formal, league-wide photo op or just a quick snapshot of the team taken at practice, someone needs to be on point to take pictures, or work with a professional photographer to do so. KYSL volunteers take pictures through the season which are used in marketing and video production.
- Communications & Marketing – The league has a lot to communicate to players’ families, so a team parent may serve as the key information source, sending emails or maintaining a private message board. Volunteers also help get out the word about the program to prospective players, advertise public events, and help enroll new members.
- Special events & committees – If the youth sports program also hosts a tournament or competition, an army of volunteers is required to organize and staff it. Tasks might include reserving space, booking judges or other officials, registering entrants, ordering medals and trophies, publicizing the event, setting up and cleaning up the space, and coordinating other volunteers. On a smaller scale, parent volunteers might plan and host other events like team-building outings, end-of-season parties, or awards banquets.
- Board of Directors – Running a youth sports program takes leadership and decision-making authority, often in the form of a board of directors that includes officers such as president, secretary, treasurer, membership coordinator, and so on.
Please email us if you would like to help volunteer.