Coach: The coach organizes Saturday practice sessions and coaches games on Sundays (Saturdays in the Kindergarten division). Major duties involve 2-3 hours per weekend on the field and another hour or so during the week for communicating with players/families and setting up game line-ups. Additional duties include 3-4 meetings and training sessions per season. These additional meetings will add up to 10-15 hours per year. Coaches may choose their assistant coaches. We also encourage two parents to co-coach. In the U6 and U8 divisions, knowledge of soccer is inessential. Irvington AYSO provides coach training through our Player Development Officer and offers other occasions for passing on advice. Coaching is a fun and rewarding experience and we encourage everyone to volunteer, regardless of experience. We are especially interested in encouraging more women coaches for our girls teams.
Assistant Coach: The assistant coach helps out at practices and games and fills in whenever the coach is out of town. We like to assign two assistant coaches per team if enough are available.
Referee: The referee is responsible for refereeing games on Sunday afternoons, 1 to 1½ hours per week. In addition, referees are encouraged to attend referee training and certification sessions. Certification is a one-time-only event lasting about 4 hours. Additional referee practicums will add 4-5 hours per year. There are no referees in the U6 division. In the U8 division, previous experience is not necessary.
Field Maintenance: This involves an hour or two every Saturday morning lining the fields. At the beginning of each season (fall and spring), a longer commitment is required to measure and line the fields. If enough people volunteer and serve, field maintenance volunteers need only work every other weekend or less.
Team Manager: Team managers assist the coach with any routine matters, such as: setting up drink schedules; distributing field directions for away games; phoning parents with last-minute news about changes or cancellations; collecting replacement balls or uniforms for new players from the equipment manager; and so on.