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  1. 1. VIP Volunteer Training
  2. 2. Imagine the Need <ul><li>Kids with special needs are estimated to make up approximately 10% of the school age population. </li></ul><ul><li>The 2000 United States census indicates that 20% of the population is persons with disabilities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Goals of the VIP Program <ul><li>Players in VIP should </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun playing soccer </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the fundamentals of the game </li></ul><ul><li>Learn teamwork and fair play </li></ul><ul><li>Increase positive self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Become more physically fit at their level </li></ul><ul><li>Meet and be comfortable with new people </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who May Participate in VIP? <ul><li>Entry level the same – 4 years old as of July 31 prior to the season </li></ul><ul><li>No upper age limit if playing on a VIP team </li></ul><ul><li>Any individual with a mental or physical disability who would not be successful on a mainstream team </li></ul>
  5. 5. Everyone Plays? <ul><li>What is successful participation ? It should be defined by the player ’ s enjoyment and the safety of all team members </li></ul><ul><li>VIP teams offer many players with disabilities the least restrictive and safest environment in which to learn and enjoy the game of soccer </li></ul><ul><li>AYSO encourages players to join mainstream teams whenever possible </li></ul>
  6. 6. Special Rules <ul><li>Recommended: Padding for walkers and braces – common sense safety is a rule of thumb </li></ul><ul><li>Buddies/coaches may assist on the field </li></ul><ul><li>Players in wheelchairs must have a buddy on the field </li></ul><ul><li>Goalkeepers may or may not be used </li></ul><ul><li>Parent or parent designee must be present at practices and games </li></ul>
  7. 7. Starting and Staffing a Program <ul><li>Select a VIP Administrator – the key is ONE passionate, dedicated person </li></ul><ul><li>The VIP Administrator should be on the board of the region and have support of the RC, RCA, RRA, registrar and CVPA </li></ul><ul><li>Generate support among the regional and area staff and community </li></ul>
  8. 8. Starting and Staffing a Program <ul><li>Contact the National Support & Training Center Programs Dept. for materials (800) 872-2976 or [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Develop publicity and promote the program in many places </li></ul><ul><li>Register players and recruit volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Train volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Register the program with the NSTC </li></ul>
  9. 9. Running the Program <ul><li>Create divisions custom-made to your region or area situation </li></ul><ul><li>Make teams up by size, physical mobility or what works for the players you have </li></ul><ul><li>Always play short-sided on small fields </li></ul><ul><li>Play short time periods with breaks </li></ul><ul><li>Relax the rules and be FLEXIBLE </li></ul>
  10. 10. Common Concerns or Pitfalls <ul><li>“ Not enough people with disabilities in our community ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Not enough interest out there ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Not enough volunteers ” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Resources <ul><li>National Support & Training Center (NSTC) – Programs Department </li></ul><ul><li>Other VIP Administrators and volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Parents of VIP and other special needs players </li></ul><ul><li>Special Olympics – local programs </li></ul><ul><li>Special education teachers, occupational therapists </li></ul><ul><li>Professional “ special needs ” organizations </li></ul>
  12. 12. Maybe Next Year………. <ul><li>When considering whether or not to start a VIP program, please consider the silent children watching from the sidelines …… </li></ul><ul><li>the children who see that </li></ul><ul><li>everyone plays in AYSO …… </li></ul><ul><li>except them. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Training and Certification <ul><li>Prepares volunteers for their tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Protects volunteers under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the possibility of children being abused </li></ul><ul><li>Makes better coaches, referees and buddies who support the soccer players along with their families </li></ul>
  14. 14. A Volunteer Needs to <ul><li>Understand the needs of players with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize situations/conditions requiring special attention </li></ul><ul><li>Learn strategies for dealing with inappropriate behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Learn adaptive methods for teaching soccer skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding promotes acceptance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding and knowledge build confidence </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Volunteers Assume VIP Players Know <ul><li>What a team is </li></ul><ul><li>Why we need rules </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of a game </li></ul><ul><li>How to distinguish between teammates and opponents </li></ul><ul><li>Which direction to kick the ball </li></ul>
  16. 16. VIP players are like all players <ul><li>Have thoughts, feelings, personalities </li></ul><ul><li>Need love, acceptance, encouragement </li></ul><ul><li>Need to have a positive self image </li></ul><ul><li>Benefit from physical activity </li></ul><ul><li>Need meaningful activities to occupy their leisure time </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy having FUN! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Possible Physical Differences <ul><li>Small stature </li></ul><ul><li>Fragile </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing difficulties, vision difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Speech impairments </li></ul><ul><li>Spatial awareness/depth perception </li></ul><ul><li>Senses heightened/under-responsive </li></ul>
  18. 18. Possible Cognitive Differences <ul><li>Slower Comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties processing information </li></ul><ul><li>Short attention span </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty understanding abstract concepts </li></ul>
  19. 19. Possible Emotional and/or Social Differences with VIP Players <ul><li>Severely withdrawn </li></ul><ul><li>Mood shifts </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperactive </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual fears </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate behavior or language </li></ul><ul><li>Poor social skills </li></ul>
  20. 20. Possible Situations/Conditions <ul><li>Tactile defensiveness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not touch the player first </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate language or emotional display </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create action plan with parents in advance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abnormal fears </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage but don ’ t force </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Violating personal space of another </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Redirect player </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sensory overload = spasmodic movements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Player may need time out; engage parents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tantrums or acting out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist player off the field for time out </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seizure or other medical condition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get parent; stay with them, learn what to do </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Before Intervention, Ask <ul><li>Is the player ’ s behavior a threat to himself/herself or others? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the player ’ s behavior distracting from the activity ’ s purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the player reducing the enjoyment for others? </li></ul>
  23. 23. The Volunteer Needs Help When <ul><li>The player has a medical condition the coach, referee or buddy cannot handle safely </li></ul><ul><li>The player ’ s behavior threatens safety or enjoyment of others </li></ul><ul><li>The player ’ s behavior requires too much individual attention </li></ul>
  24. 24. Volunteers May Ask For Help! <ul><li>You are not expected to be experts </li></ul><ul><li>You are not expected to be perfect </li></ul><ul><li>You should seek information from many sources to understand the special needs </li></ul><ul><li>When in doubt, ASK! Help is available! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Why Teach Adapted Soccer? <ul><li>The physical and/or mental disability determines capacity to perform </li></ul><ul><li>The disability determines what adaptations may be necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Not all VIP players need adapted techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Good start is the AYSO VIP Coach Manual – available at Supply Center </li></ul>
  26. 26. Player Assessment <ul><li>Determine where your players need to start building capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Typical areas of concern: following directions, orientation, balance and agility </li></ul><ul><li>Do assessment at first practice as a group activity – not a contest </li></ul><ul><li>Run FUN activities – players need not know they are being assessed </li></ul><ul><li>Details on simple assessment are in the AYSO VIP Coach Manual </li></ul>
  27. 27. Team Meeting & Special Issues <ul><li>The coach will not administer medications </li></ul><ul><li>Parent/designee must be present at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out Player Profile – provided by coach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss with parents to understand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead to avoid behavior difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Covering the field for players who may run </li></ul><ul><li>Who will be the buddies? </li></ul>
  28. 28. Five Basic Skills are Taught <ul><li>Dribbling </li></ul><ul><li>Throw-in </li></ul><ul><li>In-step kick </li></ul><ul><li>Side of foot kick and push pass </li></ul><ul><li>Ball control </li></ul>
  29. 29. In General, Players Need <ul><li>More demonstration, less verbal instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Help in positioning their bodies </li></ul><ul><li>More time to learn the skills </li></ul><ul><li>Patience, encouragement and FLEXIBILITY from the volunteer instructors </li></ul>
  30. 30. Practice and Improvement for Players and Coaches (Instructors) <ul><li>Teach correct techniques, but be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt techniques to minimize frustration </li></ul><ul><li>Coaches should practice, keep ahead of players, take AYSO Coaching Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor players ’ progress and increase skills as they learn and improve – a Player Progress Log can be utilized </li></ul>
  31. 31. What is a Buddy? What is the Buddy’s Role? <ul><li>A buddy is a helper on the field </li></ul><ul><li>A buddy can walk/run with a player who is mobility-challenged </li></ul><ul><li>A buddy can encourage a player and “ feed ” the ball to him/her </li></ul><ul><li>A buddy must accompany a player who uses a wheelchair – can propel the player safely and watch for other players </li></ul>
  32. 32. More About Buddies <ul><li>A buddy can help to monitor players for signs of fatigue, stress, overheating or conditions that compromise their safety </li></ul><ul><li>A buddy can make friends with the players and gain their confidence </li></ul><ul><li>A buddy can help to make players independent – but stay on to be a supporter and a friend! </li></ul>
  33. 33. Who Make the Best Buddies? <ul><li>Peers of the players – older elementary, middle school, high school, college students (not parents) </li></ul><ul><li>WHY? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Players may respond better to peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer buddies form friendships with players </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer buddies learn and grow from service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Players learn to be comfortable with people outside of their families </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Reasons to Encourage Parents to Let Others Be Buddies <ul><li>Parents have full-time duty at all other times – they deserve a chance to relax </li></ul><ul><li>Parents need to learn to let go and let their child rely on other people at times </li></ul><ul><li>Players are apt to act their worst with mom and dad on the field with them </li></ul><ul><li>Parents on the sidelines have more opportunities to meet and form friendships </li></ul>
  35. 35. Refereeing for the Joy of it! <ul><li>Nowhere can you get closer to the </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit of the Game than in VIP soccer </li></ul><ul><li>“ Safe, fun, fair ” are the centerpiece </li></ul><ul><li>Be perceptive and flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Players are not concerned with cheating or defying authority </li></ul><ul><li>Referee must accept some unusual behaviors </li></ul>
  36. 36. Spirit of Refereeing VIP Players <ul><li>VIP games need structure </li></ul><ul><li>Simply help to make the games safe, fair and FUN </li></ul><ul><li>Use common sense in large measure </li></ul><ul><li>Expect compliance with the Laws of the Game commensurate with players ’ understanding and ability </li></ul>
  37. 37. Pre-Game Essentials <ul><li>Inspect field, ball, equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce yourself to players, coaches, the buddies and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Consult with the coach on special concerns with specific teams/players </li></ul><ul><li>Determine who should kick off </li></ul>
  38. 38. Game Basics <ul><li>Short-sided games are recommended </li></ul><ul><li>All players entitled to play at least half the game </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone Plays, But … . Willing and able VIP players must play at least a half </li></ul><ul><li>Players should be allowed to sit out whenever they need to </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage and include to the extent of each player ’ s comfort level </li></ul>
  39. 39. Duration and Restarts <ul><li>Recommended: Four 10-minute periods </li></ul><ul><li>Do not switch sides after halftime </li></ul><ul><li>Kick off at beginning of each half and after goal has been scored </li></ul><ul><li>Throw-ins, kick-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks – allow latitude on techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Drop ball for injury, special time outs or when game stopped for neutral reason </li></ul>
  40. 40. Scoring Goals - Basic <ul><li>A goal is scored when the ball crosses the goal line into the goal </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping track of goals is not critical </li></ul><ul><li>Some players are happy when they “ score ” for the other team </li></ul>
  41. 41. Fouls and Misconduct <ul><li>Fouls penalized are kicking, pushing, holding, tripping, dangerous play and handling </li></ul><ul><li>Award a direct free kick for all infractions in beginning VIP games </li></ul><ul><li>Misconduct may be penalized by a “ time out ” for that player administered by the coach and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Red and yellow cards are not used </li></ul>
  42. 42. During the Game <ul><li>The game belongs to the players </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize your role as facilitator, not controller, of game </li></ul><ul><li>Allow latitude </li></ul><ul><li>Fair play, common sense are key </li></ul><ul><li>Do not ignore extreme behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Use care when blowing whistle </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional comments are useful </li></ul>
  43. 43. Post Game <ul><li>Participate in post game ceremonies </li></ul><ul><li>Congratulate all of the participants </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun with the players! </li></ul><ul><li>Share your experiences with fellow referees and volunteers – encourage their participation </li></ul>
  44. 44. Safe Haven Certification for Volunteers <ul><li>VIP Coaches need to take Safe Haven Certification – both parts </li></ul><ul><li>VIP Referees need to take Safe Haven Certification – minimum of part one </li></ul><ul><li>VIP Buddies can be certified at the end of this course with confirming test </li></ul><ul><li>Family VIP volunteers are encouraged to take Safe Haven Certification </li></ul>
  45. 45. Safe Haven Basics <ul><li>Volunteers must annually complete, sign and submit a Volunteer Application Form </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers must be trained for the jobs they are going to do – this course </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers must know Safe Haven guidelines for certification </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers must be authorized to do their job and act within their job descriptions and the scope of AYSO Policies, Procedures and Guidelines </li></ul>
  46. 46. Safe Haven Basics <ul><li>Volunteers should not put themselves at risk by being alone with any player </li></ul><ul><li>There should always be two adults present with a team at all times </li></ul><ul><li>One of the adults present must be the same gender as the team. If a co-ed team, one female and one male </li></ul>
  47. 47. Safe Haven Basics <ul><li>AYSO ’ s supervision ratio is one adult to every eight players; VIP is one to one </li></ul><ul><li>Since VIP parents or a designee are required at all practices and games, the risk is reduced </li></ul><ul><li>However, do not be alone with a player – for instance, two persons should accompany a player to the restroom </li></ul>
  48. 48. Keep Things Fun! <ul><li>Fun holds the players ’ attention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don ’ t set high expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fun makes them want to come back </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Play “ games ” or do activities, not drills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fun allows for easier learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone should have a ball … .bring extras along! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid situations where players have to wait in line. Keep them active! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fun makes the volunteers want to return too! </li></ul>
  49. 49. Be Flexible <ul><li>Flexibility helps everyone maintain perspective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When something doesn ’ t work, drop it! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexibility maximizes opportunities for learning and success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold practices and games together </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexibility minimizes frustration for everyone involved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be ready to help in any capacity where needed </li></ul></ul>
  50. 50. Be Safe <ul><li>Many VIP players cannot participate safely on mainstream teams, so adjustments on VIP fields are to accommodate the disabilities AND provide a safe sporting experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All VIP volunteers are charged with being resourceful, creative and flexible to make the experience safe for the players </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A safe environment makes the experience more enjoyable for everyone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All VIP volunteers are asked to be extra positive, understanding and flexible to ensure success for the players </li></ul></ul>
  51. 51. Be Structured <ul><li>VIP players thrive on structure </li></ul><ul><li>A routine will reduce player stress </li></ul><ul><li>A routine will help parents plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structure practice and stick to it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use lots of repetition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep the same fields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep the same practice/game time each week </li></ul></ul>
  52. 52. Above all else, as VIP volunteers, please remember <ul><li>VIP players are people first </li></ul><ul><li>Always consider their human needs while dealing with their disabilities </li></ul>
  53. 53. So, NOW…..thanks to you….