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General Volunteer Information


Rondout Soccer Club has run on volunteers consistently for nearly half a century and we need you to keep it going

There are many ways to be involved, even with very little time. 

You can volunteer for a Club Position -- greatest time commitment
you can volunteer Your Skillset -- moderate time commitment
you can take on a Seasonal Project -- least...

Volunteering for one of the 7 Club Positions (sign up for these online)

Division Coach

Responsible for leading practices. Must be an experienced player, or an experienced coach.

You will run group practices of 10 to 30 players, including choosing the sequence of drills/activities, with assistance from Team and Assistant Coaches. Our coaching manuals provide tips on how to do this effectively and plenty of activity suggestions.

If you’ve never coached before, but you’re a player, you can do this. You will run practices one or two nights per week, Tues and/or Thurs between 5:30 and 7pm. If you have the time you can coach the games for a team on Saturday mornings too, but don’t worry if you can’t. Every team is assigned a Team Coach for that.

Team Coach

You will be assigned one team for the season. Responsible for assisting with training during practices and managing the Saturday morning games, always scheduled between 9 -12. During games you will manage player positions and substitutions. Also responsible for all Team communications, whether by text, email or phone.
No experience necessary. Training provided, as needed. 

If you’re interested in running a practice speak with your Division Coach.

Time commitment: min one practice per week + game day. About 2 hrs/week

Assistant Coach

Help the Team Coach with practices and cover during the games when the Team Coach is unavailable.  No experience necessary. Training provided, as needed. 

Time commitment: 1-2 hrs/week


This club runs on volunteers. There are many ways to lend a hand whether you have experience with soccer or not! Help line the fields, setup goals and field flags, organize uniforms and the equipment shed, lend a hand at the concessions stand, and lots more. If you want to help but you're not sure how, just Sign Up as a Volunteer and send an email inquiry to [email protected]  THANK YOU!

Referee (or Youth Referee)

This position requires training. It’s not too intense and we provide if for free. Referees typically ref 11 games each season.

Concessions Staff

The Corner Kick Cafe is our home field snackshack. It requires restocking week-to-week so we can keep the supplies fresh, and a friendly face to manage the sales. The Cafe operates every Saturday during the season, 9am - 11am. You don’t have to commit to every weekend for this position.

Board Member 

Assists with all organizational aspects of club on and off season, attends once-a-month meetings during the season.

Time commitment: one Saturday morning per month, 9-10am; additional 1-2 hrs per month of administrative assistance

2. Volunteering Your Skillset (send inquiries to: [email protected])

“I work in marketing/advertising….” We currently advertise our program to all the local schools at least 3 times per year. And you’ve probably seen our removable street signs at the start of every season. We need hands on deck for these campaigns, and we’re always looking for new ways to get the word out. 

We’re also interested in rebranding the club. Have some ideas? Contact us!

“I’m a social media guru…” STOP EVERYTHING, and contact us, please! Our club serves close to 200 local families all year round. Communications are a real challenge and as you might have noticed, social media is a major hole in our communications strategy.

“I’m a chef…” Everyone needs to eat! We currently hold one celebratory event each season, Spring and Fall. We’d love to incorporate some creative, healthy food options.

“I’m a graphic designer…” Branding? Rebranding? We’re proud of our logo redesign in 2018, but that’s not to say we’re done. We’ve discussed developing some swag, hats, t-shirts, etc. We need you to make this happen!

“I work in development….” Where have you been all my life?! Community soccer is the bedrock of US soccer because unlike travel or academy programs, we are 100% committed to erasing the financial barriers to participation. We cannot afford to exclude any child because of costs. That means our fees will always remain low, and we’d like to make them even lower. 

There’s money out there to support our approach and we’ve designed a training program that is very efficient so a small fundraising campaign can go a loooooooooong way.  Call us!

“I’m a contractor, or I’m handy….” Well then you are probably overwhelmed with work in our area :) Helping to maintain our modest shed is the only project we’ll add to your list.

Fall 2019 project: replacing the roof.

*If you really have some free time on your hands, redesigning the interior to help with organization awaits your imagination.

“I’m an event coordinator, or I just really like throwing parties…” We love parties! We currently hold one event each season, Spring and Fall, and we need help with these. Please reach out!

“I’m a photographer. How about live action pics of the players?” Great idea! We could post these on our website and FB page. Please reach out :)

3. Volunteering for Seasonal Projects (send inquiries to: [email protected])

Distributing the street signs 1x per season

One month before each season we put up street signs advertising registration. Put these up, and then collect them 3 weeks after the season starts and return to equipment shed.

Pumping up the balls 2x

Who can’t do this?! Don’t worry, we can teach you in 30 seconds. It needs to happen prior to the season launch and then periodically throughout the season. Sign up to do it twice!

Lining a field 1x

Ever pushed a toddler tricycle? Then you can line a field. You can do this on an off-day or show up 30 minutes prior to your child’s game or practice and take care of it then.

Setting up & breaking down the goals on game day

No goals means no goals, and everyone loves goals! They look as complicated as origami but you can definitely do it. Show up 20 minutes before game time, grab the appropriate goal bags from the shed and get them up in time for the games. Do the reverse to put them away :)

Organizing the equipment shed 1x

Lots of kids + lots of equipment = a complete mess.

Learn where everything goes during our season orientation and make it happen for the club once during the season :)

Organizing the FREE equipment 1x

Scientific studies prove that people are more inclined to take free equipment if it’s organized. Help out by making sure the cleat rack looks cleaner than a DSW showroom.

Refilling the First-Aid kit 1x

Critical, obviously. Stop by the equipment shed and check the supply list in the orange kit, located on the upper shelf on the left side as you enter. Something missing? Just report it to Maggie or Stacey in the Corner Kick Cafe. Got a little more time? Purchase and replace the missing items and hand in your receipt for a reimbursement.

Food service, at the Cafe

The folks operating the Cafe have kids in the club too and they’d like to watch some games! Volunteer to help with sales for 45 min when your child’s game is over. Doing this even once a season is a big help. Speak directly with the Cafe staff to learn more.

Uniform management

There are two seasonal tasks here: 1. Uniform distribution at the start of each season, and 2. Uniform cleaning at the end. Ask how you can help.

RSC Board Member Positions Fall 2019 (also volunteers)


Regional Coordinator

Michael Kocher


Child Volunteer Protection Advocate

Maggie Colan


Coach Administrator

Maxwell Mead


Concessions Administrator(s)

Maggie Colan


Events Coordinator

Dimity Palmer-Smith


Field & Equipment Administrator

Austin Schneller


Marketing & Communications Administrator(s)

Mark and Ali Stewart


Referee Administrator

David Edinger



Joel Kraft


Safety Coordinator

Howard Hinestroza


Sponsorship Coordinator




Shaun Lemister


Board Member(s)

Jed Tucker

Safe Haven

Safe Haven

AYSO’s Safe Haven: Keeping AYSO Players and Volunteers Safe

We take the safety of our athletes seriously. Precautions are taken on the field to prevent physical injuries, and precautions are taken off the field to ensure children and volunteers are safe in their interactions with each other.

AYSO’s Safe Haven program has been put in place to protect AYSO players and the volunteers who serve them. It requires that each AYSO volunteer complete and eSign a volunteer application every year, agreeing to background checks and to abide by the philosophies and policies of AYSO.

Every AYSO volunteer must apply and be accepted as a volunteer. Volunteers are also asked to complete Safe Haven and job specific training in order to become trained and certified. AYSO in-person or online training focuses on the best ways to work with children and important safety protocols. Becoming Safe Haven certified takes 20-30 minutes, but AYSO volunteers know it’s worth it.

Also, did you know that every AYSO Region is required to designate a volunteer to act as the Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA)? A CVPA helps implement Safe Haven policies at the local level. Our local CVPA, is Maggie Colon.  Stop and say hello when you see her at the field!

AYSO is so proud of our Safe Haven program – it was the first of its kind in youth sports, most notably in soccer. It creates a safe environment for players and volunteers to have a happy and healthy soccer experience.

It takes a lot of dedicated people to make AYSO possible, and volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in participating, apply in person at a registration event or online on our Volunteer Page.


Coaching Information:

We are always looking for dedicated Head and Assistant Coaches.

You do not need prior experience to coach, in particular in the younger divisions (U4 – U8). If you are interested but do not feel comfortable with your knowledge of the game, we offer mentoring assistance for new coaches. If you would like an experienced coach to help you get started, or if you are experienced and would like to assist a new coach in getting started, please contact our Coach Administrator at [email protected].

If you have questions not answered here, please feel free to contact our Coach Administrator at [email protected].

To become a coach, you need to do the following:

  • Register as an AYSO volunteer (an annual requirement).

  • Take AYSO Safe Haven training for Coaches (a one-time requirement).

  • Attend the Coaches Meeting in early August (for fall season) and early April (for spring season).

  • If you are volunteering to be a Head Coach and you want to select your Assistant Coach, send the request to [email protected] after you have both registered as volunteers.

Coach responsibilities:

Practice scheduling : Each Head Coach works with the coach administrator to schedule practice field time at one of our fields.

Calling a game, or practice: If inclimate weather is present or in the forecast or we have had recent rain, please visit the Rain Out Policy page for field closure hotline numbers and our general policy. Referees may also call games on game days.

Please honor any signs of field closure even if it means losing a practice. Sometimes, the fields are closed suddenly before we are notified and we need you to honor that closure.

Monitoring field conditions: At all locations, please avoid worn areas to limit damage to the turf, and use good judgment. If the players are getting muddy, it may be time to shift the practice to a less exposed area of the field. Note that many of our fields show bare areas after repeated use, particularly in front of the goals, which are easily torn up by cleats. Please practice away from these areas, and DO NOT USE THE GOAL AREAS FOR PRACTICES. Use cones to mark off practice areas which avoid the worn spots.

Team communicatons (may be assigned to Team Parent): Emailing all practice and game information with your team parents, including practice or game cancellations.

Accident reporting: If a player or registered adult volunteer (such as a Head Coach or Assistant Coach) becomes injured during practice or a game, the injury must be reported. Please be sure you are familiar with instructions for accident reporting: accident reporting.pdf



New Referees

Becoming a AYSO 965 Referee

All new referees must go through the following four steps in order to referee matches in our region. (If you are a returning AYSO referee from our region or other region, or if you are a USSF trained referee please see our returning referees page)

Step 1: Register as a volunteer in the National AYSO database through eAYSO.

  • Please visit the Volunteer Registration portion of our Volunteer Registration page to register as a volunteer for this season (common for Referees and Coaches).

Step 2: Complete the online Safe Haven class (20-30 minutes).

  • Please visit the Safe Haven portion of our Volunteer Registration page to take Safe Haven training. (Not required for Youth referees under 18 yrs old.)

Step 4: Attend your class(es).

  • The instructor will send you an email reminder a few weeks before the class (using the email address you entered in your eAYSO profile).

  • Attend the class you signed up for. A record of your attendance will be entered into the AYSO National database (eAYSO) and you will be issued a referee badge upon completing the class. You will also be issued a uniform if you do not already have one.

Thank you for volunteering! If you have any question on this process please email your Referee Administrator at [email protected].

Referee Training

In compliance with AYSO’s National Referee Program, AYSO Region
965 offers Referee Training during August and early September. U8 Official and
Regional Referee certification training sessions and Intermediate and Advance
Referee certification training sessions are generally offered in the local area.

• U8 Official – Required to officiate U8 matches
• Regional Referee – Required for referees doing U10 and above
• Intermediate Referee – Recommended for referees doing U12 and above
• Advanced Referee – Recommended for referees doing U14 and above
• National Referee – Recommended for referees doing U16 and above

Other Referee Information

Thank you for your interest in refereeing! 

Region 965 needs over 10 volunteer referees every season to ensure that our 200-plus kids have a rewarding experience playing soccer. If you have not already done so, please consider signing up today!

All of our officials at AYSO soccer games are volunteers from the community – people like you and me. True to the all-volunteer approach of AYSO, we do not use any paid referees.

We referee because: 

  • It helps Rondout Valley kids learn and play soccer safely!

  • It’s not hard to learn how and experience is not necessary!

  • Training and mentoring are at hand to help you learn the rules easily.

  • It is a great way to help kids learn ethics, values and sportsmanship

  • It’s great for exercise and building self-esteem and self discipline!

  • There is no better vantage point to be involved in the game!

  • We have fun!

The returning referees are the backbone of the referee organization. Your experience and dedication are greatly appreciated. We hope that all the wonderful people who were referees for us last year will volunteer again this season.

Region 965 is especially looking to the parents of our younger Under-8 and Under-10 division players to volunteer to referee. The time commitment is minimal because the majority of the games you referee will be those in which your own child is playing.

Players 12 years and older and older siblings are welcome to referee also. This is a great community service activity to earn high school service hours and list on college applications!

Refereeing and Game Procedures, by Division

Referees are used for all divisions beginning with U8 (under-8) but each division uses referees to a different extent.   The different referee procedures for each division are explained below. Please note that there is no difference between the game rules for boys versus girls within any division.

Under-6 (U6)

No formal referee process but referees may be provided if desired.

Under-8 (U8) Division Refereeing

Referees normally start in the U8 divisions. One official is used per metch.

  • Each U8 team is required to provide a trained referee for the team’s “home” games.

  • Referees must have taken one 4-hour training clinic to be certified as AYSO “U8 Officials”.

  • Games are worked by one referee only. This referee is provided by the home team.

  • Matches are four 10-minute quarters with a 5-minute half-time break.

  • Fields are approximately half the full regulation field size.

  • U8 Goals are not full sized.

  • No offside enforced.

  • Standings are not kept and scores are not recorded in U8 divisions. In the AYSO spirit, the fun is in playing the game!

  • Referees however must still collect game cards from each coach prior to the match, record quarters played and goals scored by each player, and enter that information into WebYouthSoccer after the match. This information is key to helping us monitor if one team is having consistent blowouts and to help us form balanced teams in future seasons.

Under-10 (U10) Division Refereeing

Three officials are used at each match – a referee (center) and two assistant referees (linesmen).

  • Each team must provide a trained Regional Referee for every game.  The team referees also work selected other games as a “neutral” referee (games that do not involve their child) as center referee.  These assignments are done by the referee team captains and are generally for the match immediately preceding or following their own child’s match.  If a team cannot supply their assistant referee (linesman) for a game, it is the responsibility of the team to arrange for an alternate referee.

  • In the U10 division, refereeing requires somewhat more skill and training.  Referees for the U10 division take one day-long training clinic to be certified as AYSO “Regional Referees”.

  • Matches are two 25-minute halves, with a 5-minute half-time break.

  • The U10 teams typically play 9-on-9 matches

  • Law 11 (the offside law) is introduced at this level.

  • The center referee is responsible for collecting the game cards from each coach prior to the match, recording quarters played and goals scored by each player.

Under-12 (U12) and Under-14 (U14) Division Refereeing

Three officials are used at each match – a referee (center) and two assistant referees (linesmen).

  • Each team should have at least one parent who has completed the AYSO “Regional Referee” training to help as a member of the U12/U14 referee pool.

  • In U12 and U14 divisions, players become much more skillful. Refereeing requires increased skill and a complete three-person neutral referee team at every match.

  • The U12 teams typically play 9-on-9 matches, U14 teams typically play 11-on-11 matches.

  • Fields are full-size but will vary according to the site used.

  • Goals are full-size.

  • U12 matches are two 30-minute halves, with a 5-minute half-time break while U14 matches are two 35-minute halves.

  • For U12 and U14 divisions, referees are expected to have earned AYSO Intermediate or Advanced referee badges, or have comparable experience. The center referee is responsible for collecting the game cards from each coach prior to the match, recording quarters played and goals scored by each player.

  • Region 965 organizes referees for U12 and U14 into referee teams that rotate on a weekly basis. Referees typically officiate at two matches each day.

Weekly Referee and Coach Pizza Get-Together

Every week we host a casual get together where people can ask questions of our experienced referees or coaches or participate in some fun dialogue about our games. This weekly “Talk it Out” session, over pizza and drinks, is held from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday nights each week during the season.

Because of occasional conflicts with the availability of the meeting room, the day/date and any special topics planned are announced on the Region 965 referee and coach mailing lists early each week.  Be sure to join the referee mailing list (instructions for joining are under the “Referee Mailing List and Contacts” section) and watch for the weekly announcements.

Referee Mailing List and Contact Info

To stay informed about refereeing in Region 965, please join the Region 965 Referee email list.

You can unsubscribe at any time, and the addresses on our mailing list are not shared outside the region.

For lots of information about the Laws, advice for the referee and lots of other referee information, see at

Interested in a different and useful Referee to Area Referee level pre-game instruction, see Gil Weber’s

The AYSO Section 2 annual meeting provided lots of great training material and can be viewed at

Referee FAQ (pdf)

Returning Referees

Welcome Back Returning Referees!
Returning Referee Procedures

All returning referees must go through the following three steps in order to referee
matches in our region.

Step 1: Check if you need additional training and register for the class(es)
you plan to attend.

Step 2: Re-register as a volunteer in the National AYSO database through

• Follow the Volunteer Registration portion of our Volunteer Registration page to
re-register as a volunteer for this season.
Step 3: Attend your Upgrade classes or the Referee Refresher meeting.

• Attend the Upgrade class you signed up for.
• For ALL OTHER returning referees, AYSO National requires one continuing
education class each year. Region 965 provides a “referee refresher”
meeting to meet this requirement where we cover changes in our local
policies and procedures, FIFA rules, etc. This is also the opportunity to
check your equipment. Please visit the referee training calendar for the date
and location of this class.
Thank you for volunteering again this year! If you have any question please email
the Referee Administrator at [email protected]

National Partners

Contact Us

Rondout Soccer Club (AYSO 965)

PO Box 684 
Stone Ridge, New York 12484

Email Us: [email protected]
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