Anza AYSO Region 1641 seeks board members

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AYSO players receive instruction from Brooke Blackmore at practice in 2018 at the athletic fields at Hamilton High School. Anza Valley Outlook/Elizabeth Greene photo

American Youth Soccer Organization 1641 Regional Commissioner Brooke Blackmore is seeking volunteers to fill board positions for the popular athletic youth program.

“I am recruiting for board members,” she said. “My treasurer needs to focus on her job and family and hasn’t had a player in the organization for the last two years. Brian Blackmore loves working with the kids, but he is a busy guy and at times, needs a Saturday to rest, relax or do work around his home. None of the jobs are hard, I swear; they just take a little bit of time. It is worth it. I don’t have players in the region of my own, and here I am, making it go.”

Blackmore also indicated that she needs a coach administrator, preferably someone who has coached in the region before, and a few more experienced referees.

The American Youth Soccer Organization is a nonprofit national soccer program based in the United States. AYSO was founded in 1964 out of a garage in Torrance with the purpose of introducing American children to the international game of soccer.

AYSO runs on volunteer power, which means registered volunteers run the local AYSO programs all over the country. The national board of directors, national president, every coach, referee and regional commissioner is a volunteer.

AYSO follows the philosophies of “everyone plays, balanced teams, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, open registration and player development.” The program brings together community members to coach, referee and support their local regions with the goal of creating a fun, family-friendly environment where children can grow and develop not only their soccer skills but their leadership and social skills for life.

According to the AYSO website, the program has the complete Player Development Pathway, which allows anyone – from toddler to adult to those with developmental disabilities – to play the game.

“AYSO is still going strong,” Blackmore said. “While I have served the allotted three-year term for AYSO regional commissioner, there were no takers to replace me, so I opted in on a year to year service agreement. The position requires in-person training, but no one from AYSO showed any genuine interest in receiving even the precursors to the on-site training.”

Registration for play will begin in May. Early bird registration will be open May 1-30 at a discounted rate of $65 per player. From June 1 through July 30, the rate will be $75. After Aug. 1 and until registration closes Aug. 31, registration will be $95. Fees cover the cost of uniforms and equipment.

Games will be held at the Hamilton High School baseball field and middle school athletic fields.

For more information on the AYSO program or to volunteer, visit www.ayso1641.org and www.facebook.com/aysoregion1641 or email AYSOregion1641@gmail.com.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.