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SVU Volunteers

VOLUNTEERS are critical to the success of our club. It would be impossible for us to maintain quality programs without the involvement of our community. For this reason, we ask each family to consider at least one way to volunteer.  Listed below is a list, with brief descriptions, of each volunteer opportunity available within Shenandoah Valley United.

To volunteer for any positions listed below, register as a volunteer through your SVU account.

Age Group Coordinator (Recreation)

The Age Group Coordinator (AGC) assists in the assignment of both coaches and players to individual teams with the goal of creating evenly balanced teams. This role serves as the communication point between SVU staff and individual recreation coaches. The individual is responsible for coordinating practice nights, game scheduling, and communicating to both the recreation game day coordinator and coaches any issues. The Age Group Coordinator can expect to volunteer anywhere from 4-8 hours per week throughout August and March and 1 hour per week during September-October, and again April-May.

No specific pre-requisites exist for this position. However, the most successful coordinators are generally comfortable using spreadsheets and technology and are willing to reach out to parent volunteers to fill positions.

 

Head Coach (Recreation)

The recreation head coach is responsible for managing team practices and games. The coach is expected to follow and implement the curriculum for the specific age group assigned. The Head Coach can expect to volunteer 2-3 hours per week from September through October and April through May. Practices are held one night per week in your home area with a game at Smithland Fields on Saturdays. The coach is required to pass a background check process, complete the SAPT (sexual abuse prevention training) and participate in pre-season coach training.

 

Assistant Coach (Recreation)

The recreation assistant coach is responsible for assisting the head coach in running team practices and games. The assistant coach is expected to follow and implement the curriculum for the specific age group assigned. If needed the Assistant Coach may act as the head coach for a team. The assistant coach can expect to volunteer 2-3 hours per week from September through October and April through May. Practices are held one night per week in your home area with a game at Smithland Fields on Saturdays.

The assistant coach is required to pass a background check process, complete the SAPT (sexual abuse prevention training) and strongly encouraged to participate in pre-season coach training.

 

Team Manager (Recreation)

The team parent is responsible for assisting the head coach in managing the recreational team. Sample duties include maintaining the team calendar, providing excellent team communication, assisting with Soccer Fest (spring), managing snack rotation and encouraging positive sideline behavior. The team parent can expect to volunteer 1  hours per week during the season. One parent is assigned per team.

 

Snack Shack Committee (Recreation)

The snack shack committee is responsible for stocking the snack shack for game days, coordinating with potential vendors, placing orders as needed, restocking snacks and working on a rotating schedule during game days. Volunteers will never be required to work during their player’s games. Time commitment is approximately 2 to 4 hours per week.

 

Soccer Fest Committee (Recreation)

The soccer fest committee is responsible for organizing the premiere recreation celebration each spring. Members will work together to plan activities, reach out for donations, coordinate food, publicize, and manage the event. Time commitment is most heavy closest to the event with an average of 6 to 8 hours weekly during the month prior to Soccer Fest.


Equipment Manager (Recreation)

The recreation equipment manager is responsible for sorting, inventorying, and distributing equipment to recreation coaches. Time commitment is heaviest at the beginning and end of each season with approximately 4 to 6 hours weekly the month prior to the start of the fall season, and 4 to 6 hours a couple weeks after the end of the spring season.

 

Uniform Manager (Recreation)

The recreation uniform manager is responsible for sorting, separating, and distributing uniforms for the various recreation teams. Time commitment is approximately 3 to4 hours weekly the month prior to the start of the season, and 1 to2 hours the first week of the season.

 

Fields Coordinator (Recreation)

The recreation fields coordinator is responsible for coordinating all field set-up and lining requirements for Smithland Fields. Duties include organizing initial field set-up dates and times, ensuring all goals are properly placed with appropriate weights or anchors and goal nets are properly attached, and all game fields are lined throughout the season. Field paint and liners are available for volunteer to access. The fields coordinator can expect to volunteer 6 to 8 hours in the month prior to the start of the season organizing and coordinating the initial field set-up. During the season 1-2 hours per week making sure the fields have been lined and are safe to play. 

No specific pre-requisites exist for this position.  However, ability to lead a committee and some past field lining experience is helpful but not required.

 

Fields Committee (Recreation)

The recreation fields committee works with the recreation fields coordinator to ensure Smithland Fields are safe to play. Duties include properly placing all goals with appropriate weights or anchors, attach goal nets, and line all game fields throughout the season. Field paint and liners are available for volunteer to access. A recreation fields committee member can expect to volunteer 1 to 3 hours a week throughout the season.

No specific pre-requisites exist for this position.  However, past field lining experience is helpful but not required.

 

Opening Day Committee (Recreation)

The opening day committee is responsible for organizing a celebratory day for the first game day of the fall recreation season. Members will work with SVU staff to plan activities, reach out for donations, coordinate food, publicize, and manage the event. Time commitment is most heavy closest to the event with an average of 6 to8 hours the week prior to the event.

 

Photo Coordinator (Recreation)

The photo coordinator for recreation is responsible for scheduling date with professional photographer, securing area for team photos, creating schedule for photo day and relaying the information to team parents. Additionally, the photo coordinator will attend photo day to help troubleshoot.

 

Recycling Committee (Recreation)

The recycling committee raises awareness about the importance of recycling, sets out recycling bins near garbage receptacles and empties the recycling bins at Smithland Fields weekly. Time commitment is no more than 1 hour per week through the fall and spring recreation seasons.

  

Assistant Coach (Travel)

The travel assistant coach is responsible for assisting the head coach in running team training and matches. The assistant coach is expected to follow and implement the curriculum for the specific age group assigned. If needed the Assistant Coach may act as the head coach for a team. The assistant coach for travel can expect to volunteer 6-8 hours per week from August through November and/or March through June. Trainings are held two nights per week at Monger Fields. Games are played throughout the state as part of the CCL.

The assistant coach is required to pass a background check process, complete the SAPT (sexual abuse prevention training) and participate in no less than three pre-season coaching education seminars. Additionally, preference is given to assistant coaches with grassroots or other coach licensing.

 

Scheduling Coordinator (Travel)

The scheduling coordinator is responsible for scheduling travel team trainings and matches and, communicating match schedules by posting on the SVU website, email blast and follow-up with weekly email reminders. Additionally, the scheduling coordinator is responsible for any rescheduling as necessary. The scheduling coordinator can expect to volunteer 2 to 4 hours per week throughout the fall and spring travel seasons.

No specific pre-requisites exist for this position. However, organization, interpersonal skills and being well versed in technology, particularly spreadsheets, is helpful.

 

Team Manager (Travel)

The team manager is responsible for assisting the head coach in managing the administration of the travel team. Sample duties include maintaining the team calendar, managing tournament attendance, providing excellent team communication, managing uniform ordering, assisting with Home Opener Day, and encouraging positive sideline behavior. The team manager serves as the club contact, coach contact, and parent contact. The team manager can expect to volunteer 2 to4 hours per week and will receive pre-season training. One manager is assigned per team.

The manager is required to pass a background check process and complete the SAPT (sexual abuse prevention training). No specific pre-requisites exist for this position. However, the most successful managers are organized, versed in technology and are willing to reach out to parents regularly.

 

Tournament Coordinator (Travel)

The travel tournament coordinator works with SVU staff to oversee the full club details of tournament/ festival attendance. Responsibilities include creating a club wide schedule of matches, securing club accommodations and disseminating information to team managers. The time commitment is approximately 2-4 hours per week leading up to the tournament.

 

Equipment Manager (Travel)

The travel equipment manager is responsible for sorting, inventorying, and distributing equipment to travel coaches. Time commitment is heaviest at the beginning and end of the year with approximately 4 to6 hours weekly the month prior to the start of the fall season, and 4 to 6 hours the few weeks after the end of the spring season.

 

Sock Skills Manager (Travel)

The sock skills manager is responsible for overseeing the foot skills program for travel players. Responsibilities include publicizing program, presenting skills to travel coaches, evaluating players on a weekly basis and distributing awards. Time commitment is approximately 4 to 6 hours weekly but can be shared between two volunteers.

 

Uniform Manager (Travel)

The travel uniform manager is responsible for uploading all rostered travel players into soccer.com for the uniform ordering process. Additionally, this position distributes training tees to managers per team orders. Time commitment is approximately 2 to3 hours weekly the month prior to the start of the season, and 1 to2 hours the first few weeks of the season.

 

Tryout Committee (Travel)

The tryout committee members will work with SVU staff on logistical details for spring travel tryouts, including communication with the community, marketing, on-site set up and coordination of tryout volunteers, securing a venue for registration and preparing registration materials. Members will not participate in evaluation of players. Tryout committee members can expect to volunteer 3-4 hours weekly during April and May.

To volunteer for this position, register as a volunteer through your SVU account.

 

Team Camp Coordinator (Travel)

The team camp coordinator is responsible for the overall organization of SVU’s annual team camp for travel players. Responsibilities include determining site location, selecting theme, publicizing date to team managers and coaches, managing onsite check in and other needs as determined with SVU staff. The team camp coordinator can expect to volunteer heavily throughout July in preparation for camp. This position could be shared between two volunteers.

While there is no prerequisite for this position, strong organization skills are necessary.

 

Team Community Representative (Travel)

The team community representative is responsible for collecting match data, i.e. goals, saves, etc, and providing the information to club social media and local news outlets. The team community representative can expect to volunteer 1 to2 hours per week. One community representative is assigned per team.

 

Family Events Committee

The family events committee coordinates club activities with the objective of building community spirit among families. There should be one family social event each season, as well as a minimum of two opportunities to attend local college soccer matches. Members of the family events committee can expect to volunteer 2-4 hours per week leading up to an event.

No specific pre-requisites exist to serve on this committee. However, previous event planning experience is helpful.

 

Fields Coordinator (Travel)

The travel fields coordinator is responsible for coordinating all field set-up and lining requirements for Monger Fields. Duties include organizing initial field set-up dates and times, ensuring all goals are properly placed with appropriate weights or anchors and goal nets are properly attached, and all game fields are lined throughout the season. Field paint and liners are available for volunteer to access. The fields coordinator can expect to volunteer 8-10 hours in the month prior to the start of the season organizing and coordinating the initial field set-up. During the season 1 -2 hours per week making sure the fields have been lined and are safe to play.

No specific pre-requisites exist for this position.  However, past field lining experience is helpful but not required.

 

Fields Committee (Travel)

The travel fields committee works with the travel fields coordinator to ensure Monger Fields are safe to play. Duties include properly placing all goals with appropriate weights or anchors, attach goal nets, and line all game fields throughout the season. Additionally, all match day signage must be placed and taken down at the start and close of a match day. Field paint and liners are available for volunteer to access. A travel fields committee member can expect to volunteer 1-3 hours a week throughout the season.

No specific pre-requisites exist for this position.  However, past field lining experience is helpful but not required.

 

Home Opener Committee (Travel)

The home opener committee for travel is responsible for organizing a celebratory day for the first match day of the travel season. Members will work with SVU staff and team managers to plan activities, reach out for donations, coordinate food, publicize, and manage the event. Time commitment is most heavy closest to the event with an average of 4 to 6 hours the week prior to the event.

 

Spirit Wear Coordinator

The spirit wear coordinator is responsible for assisting SVU staff select a variety of club spirit items, work with potential vendors, place orders as needed and oversee the sale of spirit wear. Additionally, the spirit wear coordinator should generate innovative ideas to increase apparel sales. Time commitment is approximately 2 to4 hours per week. This position could be shared between two volunteers.

 

Community Outreach Committee

The community outreach committee coordinates club activities with the objective of growing SVU’s presence in the community. Possible opportunities include participation in annual parades, festivals and fairs. Additionally, this committee will organize participation in at least one charity as a part of SVU’s desire to give back to our community. Members of the community outreach committee can expect to volunteer 2-4 hours per week leading up to an event.

No specific pre-requisites exist to serve on this committee. However, previous event planning experience is helpful.

 

Social Media Ambassadors

Social media ambassadors are responsible for sharing club news on their social media feeds, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, and tagging the club to create SVU brand awareness. All posts should be positive in nature and feature the fun of the game. This is an ongoing role and can be done at the discretion of the volunteer. Time commitment is no more than a few minutes per week. Ambassadors will receive a badge to display on their social media accounts.

 

Webmaster

The webmaster is responsible for maintaining the overall design of the club website and coordinating the club twitter account. The webmaster will work closely with SVU staff to keep the website home page up to date, and ensure team community representatives’ data is shared on both platforms. Time commitment is approximately 2 to4 hours weekly. Previous technological experience is necessary to be successful in this position.


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