Legal Protection And Support
Unlike other youth organizations, AYSO is a single corporation and one legal entity, and each Region is a component of such corporation. Hence the assets of each Region, as well as the liabilities, belong to the AYSO national organization. Each Section Director, Area Director, Regional Commissioner and other Region official is, in effect, an agent of the corporation, and therefore capable in varying degrees of creating legal obligations on behalf of AYSO. Similarly, if sued based on his or her participation in an AYSO program, in his or her capacity as an AYSO officer, each AYSO official will be protected by AYSO, provided he or she has acted in good faith.
The National Office should be promptly notified of any claim, whether pending or merely threatened. If a lawsuit is actually brought and an AYSO official is the named defendant and the Legal Commission has determined that he or she has acted with apparent authority in such capacity, and in good faith, AYSO national will move in the appropriate court to substitute itself as the proper party defendant or take appropriate action to assure the defense of such suit. Refer to Policy Statement 3.5.
NOTE: This area of the Web site addresses only administrative matters dealing with AYSO Region Operations. Parents with serious concerns should address them to their Region Board of Directors. Region board meetings are open to members for discussion of issues.