are Very Important Players (VIP) in AYSO. We recognize that all children
need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP program offers
that acceptance and carries our philosophy of Everyone PlaysŪ to
new heights - giving everyone a chance to play.
with special needs are estimated to make up approximately 10% of the
school-age population. Special schools and classrooms can isolate these
children so the VIP Program has been structured to integrate our special
kids into the rest of AYSO by using "buddies" from non-VIP teams to help
these players both on - and off - the field.
for every participating player are:
VIP helps more than just the players. Buddies and
other volunteers increase their appreciation and understanding of
individuals with special needs. They find their lives greatly enriched
by their involvement with their new VIP friends.
thinking they would never see their children playing a sport or making
new friends, VIP gives them joy and hope. They are able to relax and
enjoy watching their children having fun like other kids, perhaps for
the first time.
have as few as five players, may be co-ed, and as with all AYSO teams,
VIP teams are balanced with players rated by size and physical ability.
Older and younger players form their own divisions, too, when numbers
programs start small. In fact, you can start a VIP program with just a
single team that plays a regular AYSO team. The program is designed to
be flexible and creative. It need not be limited to one Region, either.
Players can be drawn from several neighboring Regions or Regions may
form an Area-wide program.
the success of players and volunteers in VIP is a priority, so each VIP
program and operates within the existing structure of an AYSO Region to
ensure that volunteers and players have the full support of the Region
and it's resources.
a VIP program is easier than you might think. There are potential VIP
players in your local schools and communities. These kids, with your
help, can have the benefits of sports participation in a supportive, fun
Information, please contact VIP@DeerfieldAYSO.org