If you're looking for a way to keep your team active on bye weeks (weeks where no game is scheduled), a win-win situation is to have your team play against a VIP (Very Important Player) team. Your players will be able to play another game, learn about people with disabilities and have a great time! The VIP team will have new opponents and will make new friends.
If you choose to schedule a game against a VIP team on your bye week, time should be given before the game to brief your team about VIP players. Discuss different scenarios your players might encounter so they understand what to expect.
“Ask them to do their best to not show up the VIP team or make it seem like they’re playing down too much,” says Steve Flores, a VIP coach. “The benefit for mainstream teams is realizing that while VIP players have limits, they try their hardest to compete and do their best.” VIP Coach Mike Shirley from El Cajon, Calif., says, “It gives the mainstream teams a chance to know someone with a disability. To look beyond social expectations, IQs and appearances.”
Talk to your Regional Commissioner about adjusting your season schedule. For more information about the VIP Division or to start a new VIP Program in your Region please contact Colleen Dalit.