Hugo Bustamante Playership Grant
AYSO's National Board of Directors (NBOD) has approved for the Hugo Bustamante AYSO Playership Program in 2014. We wanted to make sure you had information about the changes.
In 2014, your Region will be able to apply directly for scholarship funds and distribute them on a local level. We know that there has been frustration both on the Region level and the parent level about notifications, when the checks were sent out, etc. We are confident that this new process will alleviate some, if not all of that frustration. As we know, the current application process can be cumbersome.
Starting Jan. 1, Regions will now apply directly for funds through a simple online request. The deadline for applications will be Feb. 17 and Regions will be notified by March 3 if they have qualified for scholarship funds. Checks will be sent to them shortly thereafter.
To qualify for scholarship funds, a Region must be in good standing with AYSO. Any Region with more than $12 per player in reserve in their National Accounting Program (NAP) bank accounts will be asked to include an explanation of why additional scholarship funding is needed. (Having more than $12 per player in the reserve does not exclude a Region automatically). Regions can only use this money for player scholarships.
After the registration process, Regions will send the National Office the name of scholarship players and the amount each player received. If there is any money remaining, the National Office asks that the Region donate the money back to the Playership Fund.
The amount available to a Region will be based on size:
Micro Regions (300 or less players): $500
Small Regions (301-699 players): $1,000
Medium Regions (700 – 1499 players): $1,500
Large Regions (1500 or more players): $2,000
Micro Regions will also have the opportunity to ask the National Office to process their applications. However, they will be required to register any families that are applying for the scholarship with a 20 percent payment of their registration fee. The "good faith" payment ensures that the family takes the registration commitment seriously. It is encouraged of all AYSO scholarship programs. Regions will collect the applications and can email, fax or mail the applications to the National Office for vetting and processing.
The National Office will also help any Regions in setting up a scholarship program, although in most cases we find that Regions already have a process in place.
In the four years of the AYSO Playership Fund, it has been a pleasure to work with the Regions on this program. The Playership Fund is only an addition to the generous work they are already doing. But it has allowed for almost 2,500 additional players who could not otherwise afford it to be able to enjoy an AYSO season. We appreciate all the support that you have given us as we have learned and adjusted this ever-expanding program.
If you have any questions, please contact Sahar Milani.