If live registration events are organized and well run, a Region should be able to recruit between 90-95 percent of the volunteers it needs to run a successful program.
Face to face recruiting is the best way to get new volunteers; however, finding enough coaches can be one of the toughest challenges during registration season. Here are three tips to help your Region recruit AYSO coaches:
1. Start with an assistant. At a recent RC Training, an RC shared this tip: If you can’t find enough coaches during registration, have the experienced coaches identify an assistant coach from the team’s parents. All Assistant Coaches must be trained and certified. Next season, get in touch with all of the previous assistant coaches, and encourage them take on a team of their own. Starting off as an assistant makes the first season as a head coach a little less intimidating!
2. No ultimatums. Does this sound familiar? “Unless someone steps forward to coach, your kids won’t have a team.” Although this may be the case during those down-to-the-wire registrations, an ultimatum like this doesn’t leave a good taste in a parent’s mouth. Recruit as many volunteers as possible during the early recruitment stages, and if you still need a few more volunteers, try tip number three.
3. Parent Orientation Plug. If your registration has closed and you still need more coaches to volunteer, stop by the pre-season parent orientation meetings. This is a great place to recruit new coaches! Offer an incentive to get parents to attend, i.e., tie it in to uniform pick-up day. During the meeting, let parents know how many coaches you need and what a difference it will make for the kids.