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Thursday
Aug252016

Call for Volunteers

Among the many emails I’ve received in the wake of Bryan’s passing, one person mentioned that I have mighty big shoes to fill.  They don’t know how right they are.  It takes a team of dedicated folks to run an organization like the Littlestown AYSO and Bryan was doing far too much of that work.  He wore many hats, too many hats and desperately wanted help.  During my last conversation with Bryan, we scheduled 2 things, a coach meeting and a parent meeting.  The primary purpose of the latter was to, quote, “Read the parents the riot act.”  He needed help and Bryan planned to use his not exactly shy way to ask for it.

Many of you have asked to help.  I wanted to provide some details on how you can contribute to this organization and, I hope, continue to grow the Littlestown AYSO in the future.  If you’d like to help in any of the ways below, please email me at commish@littlestownsoccer.org.  We’ll put you to work.    

Join the AYSO board.  We have several open positions on the board and every open position means more work for those of us already helping out.

  • Referee Adminstrator - The referee administrator creates the referee schedule and help acquire training for all our referees (note that they need not be a referee themselves)

  • CVPA - The Child Volunteer Protection Advocate handles the paperwork that ensures our volunteers are properly registered and cleared.  They also help collect and verify forms such as the concussion form each parent is required to sign.

  • Safety Director - The safety director manages the first aid supplies in the shed and handles any paperwork associated with injuries on our field.

  • Registrar - The registrar is in charge of player registration.  Our registrar (my wife) is planning on retiring as the registrar this after this season.  We need a replacement and she’s happy to help you with training.

  • Coach Administrator - I could use help filling my role while I take on the commissioner role.

  • Regional Commissioner/Assistant Regional Commissioner - There no other way to say it other than we need a new regional commissioner to keep the Littlestown AYSO going.  I’m happy to train you and starting now would give you plenty of time to learn before the next season begins.

Fundraising - We need help organizing and coordinating our fundraising events.

Become a referee!  Bryan was the referee for a ton of our games.  We need the help, especially if we want to hold our upper level games.  For those of you who have already volunteered for this incredibly important role, thanks!  You can get started by following the instructions under First Time Referee on our Referee page.  We’ll have on the field training as soon as I can schedule it.

Our shed is a mess!  We need a couple of volunteers to help our equipment manager, Dan Hahn, clean up, clean clothes, organize balls and equipment, and prepare for the season.  Donated cleats need to be cleaned and prepared for needy families (this is a special effort I hope we can organize).  We need to take stock of our first aid equipment.  He’ll be working out there at 9 am on Saturday morning.

Volunteer to help with our fields.  Our fields need to moved and lined on a regular basis.

Again, if you can help in any of the ways below, please email me at commish@littlestownsoccer.org.  Let’s make this league work together.

Monday
Aug222016

Parents,

Bryan Westfall, the commissioner of our Littlestown AYSO and a great personal friend of mine, passed away Thursday morning. This shocked us all.

Bryan was passionate about his love for youth sports and his love for soccer came directly from the enthusiasm of his two young boys. I can think of no better way to carry on his memory than to continue the league he poured so much of his time and effort into.  In that spirit, I’ve volunteered to take over the Littlestown AYSO this Fall. I wanted to let everyone know what’s going on while we all deal with this tragedy.

Things will be delayed about a week. We need to solve some issues with the computer system that runs everything, get our ducks in a row, and take a moment to catch our breath. I’d expect practice to begin for most teams the week of August 28th. Some older teams may begin earlier. Your coach will contact you. Please be patient while we sort things out.

I need your help. It’s hard to describe how much work Bryan put into the league every season. His loss leave giant gaps everywhere. This includes our board (which has multiple open positions) and refereeing. I’m going to guess that Bryan was the referee for more than half of our games and, without referee volunteers and a referee administrator, we won’t be able to hold all our upper level games. If you are willing to help with any of these things, please contact me. I won’t respond immediately but I will get back to you and this is a good opportunity to contribute.

Please join me in praying for Bryan’s family. His wife Terri and his sons, Bryson and Nolan, both of which play every Saturday with the AYSO, will need your support and love.

Kenneth Wootton
coachadmin@littlestownsoccer.org