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VIP Program

 The AYSO VIP (Very Important Players) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams may include:
  • Blind or visually impaired
  • Amputees or with conditions that impair mobility
  • Mentally or emotionally challenged
  • Autistic
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy

VIP Contacts:
 Daly City   Cecy T.
 San Bruno
 Rosa Perez

How a VIP Program Works

While all special needs children possible should be placed on existing regional teams, VIP teams are created for the children whose challenges would prevent them from experiencing success in the regular program. These VIP players are integrated into the region through the assistance and encouragement of "buddies." Their needs are monitored closely by buddies, coaches, and parents who are present at every game and by the VIP Director who oversees the program, thereby ensuring safety and fun for all.

What is a VIP Buddy

  • A buddy is a helper on the field and can walk/run with a player who is mobility-challenged.
  • A buddy can encourage a player and “feed” the ball to him/her
  • A buddy must accompany a player in a wheelchair – can propel the player safely and watch for other players
  • A buddy can help to monitor players for signs of fatigue, stress, overheating or conditions that compromise their safety
  • A buddy can make friends with the players and gain their confidence
  • A buddy can help to make players independent – but stay on to be a supporter and a friend!