As you know, with Washington Youth Soccer celebrating Youth Soccer Month this August, we are mirroring each week’s theme in our posts at Set Plays. This week’s theme: play healthy!
Just as the human body needs the right fuel to turn in a high performance at a game, your Club or Association must constantly invest resources and effort into your organization in order to best develop youth soccer players. We know that effort (a resource in and of itself) comes from you: the volunteers and administrators. Outside of your volunteers, one of the biggest resources that you may not be using to its fullest extent is Washington Youth Soccer. From administrative support to Under 6-8 coaching modules, Washington Youth Soccer provides its members with a host of resources to fit your Club or Association’s needs.
One of the best ways for your local Club or Association to learn about the resources you have access to as a member of Washington Youth Soccer is to bring Washington Youth Soccer staff to you. Local meeting visits by Washington Youth Soccer staff can now be requested on the Member Organizations page of WashingtonYouthSoccer.org. Our goal is to provide support on various topics that your local Club or Association would like guidance or more information on, as well as give your board members the opportunity to meet the Washington Youth Soccer staff that they’re already working with over the phone or via email.
We enjoy the opportunity to meet you in person and find out what resources we can develop or put you in touch with as you try to recruit volunteers, get your coaches trained, or deal with tough membership issues. Myself and other members of the staff, as well as Washington Youth Soccer President Doug Andreassen, have attended dozens of meetings over the past year in an effort to bolster communication between Washington Youth Soccer and the local level, as well as put Clubs, Associations, and Districts in touch with resources available to members of Washington Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer.
Has your Club’s annual tournament seen a downturn in registrations ahead of the registration deadline and you’re not sure what other marketing methods you could try? Are your board members aware of their duties on the board and what programs/services are available to their Club or Association? What can your organization do to get volunteer coaches training to prepare them for the fall season? We are happy to brainstorm with your board members to come up with ideas for improving the programs and organizations that you run, as well as help you challenge your organization to grow and change over time to best support your local community.
To request a visit to your local board meeting by Washington Youth Soccer staff members, fill out the Local Meeting Attendance Request form on our website and we’ll do our best to visit your meeting, introduce ourselves, and fuel your organization for a strong season. The more time out from a meeting date you send us your request, the more likely we’ll be able to join you, so get in touch with us now to set up meeting visits for September and October.
I look forward to seeing you soon!